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Call for Papers: Fifth annual meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics 

The fifth annual meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics will be held on 22-23 May 2013, at the Faculty of Law, University of Bar Ilan, Ramat Gan, Israel. The meeting is sponsored by the Faculty of Law, University of Bar Ilan (http://law.biu.ac.il/en).

OVERVIEW: We hope to build upon the great success of past meetings, and continue to build a community of environmental scholars interested in working in the intersection of law, economics, and environmental or natural resource issues. This year, we hope to put further emphasis on the interdisciplinary study of problems in environmental regulation and natural resource management. We would welcome both theoretical and empirical papers, as well studies looking at problems at the local and international domains.

In the spirit of collegiality, the meeting will take place in a workshop format, in which all sessions will be plenary. We strongly encourage all attendees to attend all presentations. Our goal is to create a program that includes a variety of disciplinary perspectives, ideally consisting of 20-30 papers over the two-day period.

No funding will be available for travel or lodging expenses, but the Bar Ilan Faculty of Law will provide food and drink during the workshop for the speakers and will host a dinner for the participants on the first day of the conference.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Further information regarding accommodation, the conference program and other logistic matters will be posted on http://www.envlawecon.wordpress.com/. Inquiries can also be sent to Prof. Oren Perez (at Oren.Perez@biu.ac.il).

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit a paper, please email a Word or PDF file to Oren Perez - Oren.Perez@biu.ac.il - with the subject line "SELE SUBMISSION," by November 29, 2012. We will review all the papers and get back to you by the end of December.

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Call for Papers: Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property — Paris 

On June 26 – 28, 2013, The International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP) will host its Fifth Annual Workshop entitled Cultural Economy and Intellectual Property. Proposals are due December 15, 2012. Here is a link to the call.

Topics include:

The following list is in no way exhaustive, but potential topics include:

The role of guilds, labor organizations and professional associations in developing copyright, patent, trademark, or related rights;

The cultural and economic strategies developed by authors, inventors and others for claiming ownership over their creations;

The relationship between trade customs and IP laws in a particular cultural or scientific domain;

The interplay of business practices and IP laws in a given industry or country;

The varied ways legislation and case law have actually affected the operations of book publishers, music distributors, designers, drug producers, software developers, etc.;

The shifting relationships among producers, distributors and consumers and the role of each in determining IP norms;

The interaction of state and market with respect to IP;

The cultural implications of using competition law to protect IP;

The cultural construction of economic theories related to IP;

Alternative economies and cultures of IP.



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Call for Papers: Intellectual Property and Religious Thought 

The University of St. Thomas will hold a conference titled “Intellectual Property and Religious Thought,” on April 5, 2013, co-sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy and The University of St. Thomas Law Journal. The conference will be held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law building in downtown Minneapolis. The deadline for submission of proposals is December 3, 2012. Here is the call.
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Call for Papers: New Voices in Comparative Law – Indianapolis, IN 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law invite submissions for its April 18-19, 2013, conference at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions[@]gmail.com. Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, by email at richard.albert[@]bc.edu or telephone at 617.552.3930.
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New York Law School Law Review Symposium: Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss 

The New York Law School Law Review is pleased to announce a call for papers to be published in a unique forthcoming issue in connection with our upcoming March 1, 2013 symposium ”Exploring Civil Society through the Writings of Dr. Seuss ”that will examine the portrayals of civil society in Dr. Seuss's writings. The Law Review is currently accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for publication in its companion issue.

The Law Review will accept abstracts for original essays, reflections, Dr. Seuss book reviews, and traditional scholarly articles pertaining to the civil society and other legal issues that arise in one or more of the following Dr. Seuss books to be discussed during a series of panels at the symposium : Horton Hears a Who, The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, The Butter Battle Book, and The Lorax. The abstract should describe the type of article the author will write and how the author will analyze or evaluate one or more civil society or related legal issues that arise in the works of Dr. Seuss. To be considered for publication, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a CV, to via email to kaitlin.jaxheimer@law.nyls.edu by November 15, 2012. Space in the issue is limited and papers will be selected on a rolling basis, so early submission is recommended.

Questions? Email Kaitlin Jaxheimer (kaitlin.jaxheimer@law.nyls.edu), Editor-in-Chief, NYLS Law Review. Chosen authors will be required to submit the full paper by April 1, 2013. The Law Review issue is scheduled for publication in Spring 2014. The symposium is being sponsored by the Law Review and the NYLS Racial Justice Project, and Random House has designated the event as an official Read Across America location. For more information about the Law Review, visit www.nylslawreview.com. Neither Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. nor the Dr. Seuss brand is in any way affiliated with this event.

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Calls for Papers: Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law — Indiana University 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its second annual conference, to be held on April 18-19, 2013, at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions@gmail.com.

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2013. We will also accept submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs.

Scholars may make individual or co-authored submissions. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area. Proposals for fully formed panels will also be accepted.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions@gmail.com. Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference. Abstracts should also include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Panels will be announced no later than December 16, 2012. There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. The Younger Comparativists Committee also extends special thanks to Shawn Boyne and Mohamed Arafa for co-chairing the Program Committee.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, by email at richard.albert@bc.edu or telephone at 617.552.3930.

From SSRN
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Gender Equality on Corporate Boards — White Plains, NY 

Pace Law School and the Pace International Law Review will host Comparative Sex Regimes and Corporate Boards, a symposium on quotas for gender equality on corporate boards, on Feb. 8, 2013. The call for papers deadline is Oct. 15, 2012.

Throughout Europe, countries are following the lead of Norway in adopting quotas for women’s representation on corporate boards. This move represents a major shift in corporate governance norms and in efforts to attain sex equality in the workplace. Multiple disciplines, national frames and perspectives will foster a deeper understanding of these measures. Some of the questions we may explore include: Are these measures designed to achieve good governance, women’s empowerment, or gender balance? Are quotas an effective tool to realize those objectives? If not, how might boards circumnavigate around them? What are possible unintended consquences of quotas? Will corporate governance change once capital has been (partly) feminized? Is the French differentiation between diversity and mixité (gender diversity) relevant? This Symposium will bring together thinkers for a variety of disciplines and perspectives to analyze and comprehend the meaning and impact of such quotas. This interaction, it is hoped, will foster broader collective and individual analysis and knowledge production on the phenomenon of corporate board quotas.

Pace Law School has reserved one space on the symposium schedule for proposed papers. Those not chosen to present may be invited to publish in the symposium volume. Interested contributors should submit abstracts (of up to two pages) for essays or full papers. Manuscripts will be accepted on a rolling basis; however, the final deadline for submissions is October 15, 2012. In the subject line of your email, please type: CFP Conference Submission. Your abstract must contain your full contact information. Practitioners’ and activists’ papers need not follow a strictly academic format, but all paper proposals should address the conference theme. Interested student scholars are welcome. We will notify presenters of selected papers by mid-November. A working draft of the paper will be due no later than February 1, 2013. In addition, the Pace International Law Review will publish the articles and essays presented at the symposium. We look forward to your submissions. If you have further questions, or to submit a proposal, please contact Prof. Darren Rosenblum at drosenblum@law.pace.edu.

Confirmed participants include: Dan Danielsen (Northeastern), Amy Dittmar (Michigan), Kim Krawiec (Duke), Kellye Testy (U. Washington), Tom Tyler (Yale) and Cheryl Wade (St. John’s).
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Poverty, Immigration, and Property — San Diego, CA 

The AALS 2013 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Poverty, Immigration and Property planning committee invites proposals for presentations and papers. The Workshop will be held on June 10-12, 2013 in San Diego. It will begin with registration at 4:00 p.m. and a reception at 6:00 p.m. on Mon., June 10, and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wed. It will appeal to a wide range of teachers and scholars interested in these and related subject areas.

While the Workshop will feature several plenary panels about a range of issues implicated by the intersection of poverty, immigration, and property, we also plan to include concurrent sessions. For these sessions we are seeking proposals that are in various stages of development. We are exploring the possibility of publication opportunities with various law journals.

We invite any proposal on the topic of the Workshop theme. Possible topics within the purview of the Workshop theme include:

Access to Justice (Labor Camps, Counsel, Language)
Property Implications of Immigration Enforcement
International: Land Distribution, Land Reform, Forced
Migration
Race and Property/Race and Immigration
Climate Refugees: Property, Poverty, Immigration
Progressive Property: Pro and Con
Welfare Rights for Immigrants
Employer Sanctions and Licensing
Property Formalization
Home, Housing and Culture
Property and Citizenship

For more details see this post on the Poverty Law blog.
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100 Years Under the Income Tax – Chicago, IL 

On April 5, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois, Northwestern University School of Law Tax Program and the Northwestern University Law Review will host a symposium on the income tax, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Sixteenth Amendment .

The symposium will consider not only the history and future of income as a tax base, but also its effect and future impact on various legal, social and political institutions. Topics of particular interest would include:
- The effect of the income tax on other substantive areas of law, including property, business associations, marital property law, and contracts;
- The effect of the income tax on social institutions including marriage, and other family relations;
- The effect of the income tax on the ways in which capital is accumulated and transferred.

Preference will be given to unpublished works near completion; abstracts of no less than 750 words of works in progress may also be considered. Please submit drafts as PDF documents no later than October 15, 2012 to: Prof. Charlotte Crane, ccrane@law.northwestern.edu.

General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to Charlotte Crane at the above address, or Michael Cooper at michael-cooper@law.northwestern.edu
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Intercountry Adoption — Pepperdine Law School 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION:
ORPHAN RESCUE OR CHILD TRAFFICKING?

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, MALIBU, CALIFORNIA
FEBRUARY 8-9, 201

On February 8-9, 2013, the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion and Ethics at the Pepperdine School of Law will host its 10th annual conference. This year the conference will explore the complexities of intercountry adoption from legal, social, and religious perspectives. The Nootbaar Institute now welcomes proposals addressing this topic.

If you have questions about the substance of the conference, contact Bob Cochran at robert.cochran@pepperdine.edu or Jay Milbrandt at jay.milbrandt@pepperdine.edu. For questions about the details of the conference, contact Dana Zacharia by email dana.zacharia@pepperdine.edu or by phone (310) 506-6978.
SUGGESTED TOPICS:

LEGAL AND POLICY ISSUES

The current status of the Hague Convention and Convention on the Rights of the Child
Number of orphans and inter-country adoptions from various countries in recent decades; Counting global "orphans" accurately (numbers, needs, and characteristics)
Child Trafficking/Child Laundering in Intercountry Adoption
Why are the numbers of inter-country adoptions falling dramatically?
Dealing with corruption and abusive adoption practice issues
How should limitations on costs and compensation to facilitators, agencies, attorneys, social workers, parents, and orphanages be defined and enforced?
Should we permit for-profit adoption entities to participate in inter-country adoption?
Adoptee deportation and citizenship
Should US agencies be held accountable for the wrongdoing of their foreign partners?
How can inter-country adoption be developed in a way that does not undermine positive development of local child welfare and human welfare efforts?
Providing accurate information in child study and home study documents: the problem of matching and older/special needs placement
Subsidiarity in the intercountry adoption system

ADOPTION AND THE CHURCH

Biblical teaching on adoption and orphans
Orphan care v. widow and orphan care: adoption v. family preservation/re-unification
Truth-telling and adoption: the problem of "as if" and closed records adoption from a Biblical/Theology Perspective
Theology of Adoption
Terminology problems – Does, "The Least of These" stigmatize these children?
Is poverty a proper ground for inter-country adoption?
Church involvement – orphanages vs boarding schools
Orphan care vs Adoption
Role of the church in ministry to adoption triad members (adoptees as children and adults, original families, adoptive families and families seeking to adopt)

FAMILIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

Post-placement challenges and structures
Cultural identity challenges faced after children are placed in a family
Role of birth/original families in adoptive children's lives
Is there a duty to provide reasonable family preservation efforts in a systemic way?
Importance of race to the identity of an adopted person
Future of post-adoption resources
Older children and special needs adoption

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES

What are the social challenges of the substantial growth in those interested in adopting?
Child sponsorship and the risks it creates
What are the effects of voluntourism?
Role of adult adoptees in policy formation
Enhancing adult adoptee voice and representation
Identity and demographic issues of the "third" generation of adoptees – what does the future hold?
A voice for original/birth families


Link to Call
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