Call for Papers -- Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop 

March 1-2, 2013, University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign

Organized by:
Jacqueline Ross, University of Illinois College of Law
Kim Scheppele, Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs
Maximo Langer, University of California at Los Angeles

We invite all interested comparative law scholars to consider submitting a paper to the next annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 2013, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Urbana-Champaign.

OVERVIEW: The conference will begin mid-day on March 1 and continue through the end of March 2. Participants should plan to arrive either Thursday evening (February 28) or Friday morning (March 1), and to leave on Sunday (March 3.) We bid a fond farewell to outgoing co-organizer Jim Whitman, from Yale University Law School, who has been called away by other duties. We thank him for his invaluable help with this workshop and will miss him. We are also delighted to welcome our new co-organizer, Maximo Langer, who is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. The Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop will rotate between our home institutions and continues to be co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law.

The annual workshop continues to be an important forum in which comparative law work in progress can be explored among colleagues in a serious and thorough manner that will be truly helpful to the respective authors. We will accept up to seven papers and select a mix of both junior and senior scholars. The participants will consist of the respective authors, commentators, and faculty members of the host institutions. The overall group will be kept small enough to sit around a large table and to allow serious discussion. Each paper will be discussed by two commentators and all authors are expected to have read and be prepared to discuss all of the papers selected for the workshop. The papers will not be presented at the workshop. They will be distributed well in advance and every participant must have read them before attending the meeting. Commentators will present and discuss the papers, after which the workshop participants will be invited to join in the discussion. The author will be given an opportunity to respond and ask questions of his or her own. There are no plans to publish the papers. Instead, it is up to the authors to seek publication if, and wherever, they wish.

The Workshop will be funded by the host school and by the American Society of Comparative Law. Authors of papers and commentators will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and accommodation up to $600, by either the University of Illinois College of Law or by the American Society of Comparative Law, in accordance with the ASCL reimbursement police (as posted on its webpage.) The ASCL asks that authors inquire into funding opportunities at their home institutions before applying for reimbursement by the ASCL.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit papers to Jacqueline Ross, by January 5, 2013. We will inform authors of our decision by the end of January.

"Work in progress" means scholarship that has reached a stage at which it is substantial enough to merit serious discussion and critique but that has not yet appeared in print (and can still be revised after the workshop, if it has already been accepted for publication.) It includes law review articles, book chapters or outlines, substantial book reviews, and other appropriate genres.

Our objective is not only to provide an opportunity for the discussion of scholarly work but also to create the opportunity for comparative lawyers to get together for two days devoted to nothing but talking shop, both in the sessions and outside. We hope that this will create synergy that fosters more dialogue, cooperation, and an increased sense of coherence for the discipline.

From SSRN.

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Uniform Landlord Tenant Act — Little Rock, AR 

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review will hold a symposium recognizing the fortieth anniversary of the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA) Feb. 1, 2013. Submissions are due October 22, 2012 and may be sent to Kittly L. Cone (klcone [at]
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Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives — Tilburg, Netherlands 

Tilburg University
Tilburg, The Netherlands
Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives
June 6–7, 2013

The field of law and popular culture concentrates on the interface between two subjects of enormous importance in contemporary society. On the one hand, law affects everyone’s life, and courts resolve many important social, political, and economic issues. On the other hand, most people consume large amounts of popular culture in the form of film, television, novels, comic books, theater, music, and other mass media. Indeed, most people learn much of what they know (or think they know) about law and lawyers from works of popular culture. Numerous scholars now work in the area of law and popular culture, and courses and seminars on the subject are taught in undergraduate and graduate programs around the world.

On June 6 and 7, 2013, the Department of Culture Studies at Tilburg University will convene a two-day international conference on research and teaching in the field of law and popular culture. Papers on any aspect of the relationship between law and popular culture are welcome. Amongst the questions to be addressed are the following: In what ways do popular representations of law mediate conceptions of justice either locally or across cultures? What are the methodologies for teaching law and popular culture in undergraduate and graduate programs? How does popular culture represent lawyers in various practice settings? What can we learn from studying popular representations of justice in systems that are not our own?

Materials and presentations will be in English. The conveners of the conference are:

Kathryn Brown
Department of Culture Studies
Tilburg University

Michael Asimow
Stanford Law School

David Papke
Marquette University Law School

We invite you to submit an abstract of a 20 minute paper that you would like to deliver at the conference. Abstracts should be limited to 200 words and should be accompanied by a brief biographical statement. Abstracts should be sent to Michael Asimow by email not later than December 1, 2012. Notifications regarding acceptance of papers will be sent by February 1, 2013.

We will attempt to locate a venue for publication of selected papers presented at the conference.

Link to Website.

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Call for Papers -- Changing notions of privacy -- Newcastle  

The Fifth Northumbria Information Rights Conference, Centre for Life, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. 1st May 2012 Changing notions of privacy Call for papers. Abstracts should be submitted by 7th December 2012. Please contact for any general enquiries about the conference or telephone 0191 243 7597. Link
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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 (

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 Inquiries can also be sent to Prof. Oren Perez (at

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit a paper, please email a Word or PDF file to Oren Perez - - 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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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 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 (, 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 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:

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: 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 or telephone at 617.552.3930.

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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

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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