Fourth Internet Law Work-in-Progress Symposium 

The Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law are pleased to announce the fourth annual work-in-progress symposium for internet law scholarship on Saturday March 8, 2014 at New York Law School in Tribeca. (Please not, this is NOT the WIPIP Colloquium in Santa Clara.)

Call for Participation
The work-in-progress event was created for internet law scholars to receive feedback about their papers and projects from their academic peers. Last year over 40 leading internet law academics convened at Santa Clara Law to participate in the third event. The organizers take a broad view of what constitutes “internet law” scholarship, and this year will be no different.

We welcome all types of scholarly approaches (doctrinal, theoretical, empirical, etc.) and offer three ways to participate in the event:

1. Papers-in-Progress Presentation:
This track is for paper drafts sufficiently advanced to share with event attendees. We provide extra speaking time to these presentations. To qualify for these slots, you will need to send a paper draft no later than the due date, Friday, February 7, 2014. If we have to prioritize presentation requests based on capacity constraints, we plan to give greater priority to papers earlier in the drafting process that will most benefit from peer feedback, i.e., (a) papers that have not been circulated to publication venues will get higher priority than (b) papers that have been circulated to publication venues but do not yet have a publication commitment, which will get higher priority than (c) papers that have been accepted for publication.

2. Projects-in-Progress Presentation:
This track is for research projects without a paper draft for attendees to review in advance. This might occur because your paper draft isn’t ready to share (or does not arrive before the due date (February 7) or because you would like to explore a paper idea before writing a draft. We intend to allocate less speaking time for these presentations than for papers-in-progress presentations.

3. Discussant:
Space permitting, we welcome other scholars to join the conversation as active audience participants.

There is no event participation fee, but all participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. There are no publication obligations associated with presenting at the event.

Travel and Accommodation Information:
We are working on hotel blocks at the moment, and will advise about them shortly.

How to Participate
Papers are due by Friday, February 7, 2104. Scholars who wish to present projects-in-progress or attend as discussant should let the organizers know by the same date. Presenters and discussants will be notified of their slot by Friday, February 21, 2014. If you need a slot commitment prior to the deadline (to make travel arrangements, or the like) then please get in touch at any point and we will accommodate you.

Papers, expressions of interests and queries can be sent to:

Dan Hunter
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, New York Law School, USA
Professor of Intellectual Property and Innovation, QUT Law School, Australia
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The Irish Society for European Law is pleased to announce, on the 21st birthday of the leading international journal on Irish-European legal issues, its relaunch in electronic format. Published in print since 1992, the journal will make its first appearance as an e-journal in early 2014, with one volume to be published annually.

The journal is double peer reviewed. It is under new editorial direction with greater flexibility in style and content of submissions, and an editorial board of both practitioners and academics.

Long articles (indicative length 8,000 - 12,000 words) and shorter articles (3,000-4,000 words), and analyses of any length of recent developments are invited. While submissions on Irish-European legal issues are of special interest, the Journal welcomes submissions on all areas of European law. In addition to the more traditional form of academic article, comment and opinion pieces on European-Irish affairs with a legal dimension, are also welcomed.

Submissions are to be sent to by 1 November 2013 in WORD format, size 12 font, single-spaced, referencing styleguide OSCOLA Ireland, available at ... 202011.pdf

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10th Anniversary Conference of the European Society of International Law 

The 10th Anniversary Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Vienna, Austria, hosted by the University of Vienna and organised by its Law School’s Section for International Law and International Relations.

In addition to the plenary sessions and fora featuring invited speakers, the programme also includes 15 agorae. Agora speakers will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to this call for papers.

The purpose of the agorae is to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster contacts between participants. Papers presented in agorae may focus on any aspect of the branch of international law and the related field discussed in the agora, as long as they are connected with the overarching conference theme and the description of the agora. At the moment of presentation, papers should be unpublished, in an advanced stage of completion, and ready to be included in the conference proceedings. The general conference theme and the themes of the agorae are described below.

The working languages of the conference are English and French. Since no translation will be provided, participants should have passive understanding of both languages and active understanding of at least one of them.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 January 2014

Successful applicants will be informed by 15 March 2014
The deadline for the submission of the papers of accepted abstracts is 1 July 2014
The conference begins on Thursday 4 September 2014 at noon and ends on Saturday 6 September 2014 in the early afternoon
The deadline for the submission of final papers, to be included in a future conference publication, is 1 October 2014

Link to Call
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The Approaches of Liberal and Illiberal Governments to International Law:  

A Conference Marking 25 Years since the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

The theory that liberal democracies are more peace-loving and generally ’better’ members of the international community is usually attributed to the philosopher Immanuel Kant. In fact, variations of this argument have been prevalent throughout the history of international law. For example, Friedrich Martens (1845-1909), the leading Tsarist Russian scholar, when constructing his international law of ‘civilized peoples’, defined civilization as government’s respect for individual rights and liberties. In the 1990s, this thesis again emerged when Anne-Marie Slaughter made a similar argument specifically in the context of post-Cold War international law. In Slaughter’s view, liberal states were best situated to produce an international legal order geared towards human rights and ‘real’ integration, as opposed to more general calls within the international legal community for a ‘universal’ architecture that bound and called for participation from liberal and illiberal states.

The University of Tartu and the European Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Legal Theory (IGILT) invite submissions that will examine whether liberal (and illiberal) ideas make a difference in the context of international law along three general themes. First, how should we define liberalism, and to what extent is liberalism bound to a ‘Western’-centric orientation or embedded within the 19th century colonial legacy? Second, what are the defining features of illiberalism (or authoritarianism, traditionalism, etc.), and how might international law address the tension between illiberal state regimes and the doctrine of sovereign equality? And third, in addressing these above questions, what new empirical, historical or theoretical studies would help test the validity of the theory that liberal states ‘behave better’ in the context of international law?

In particular, applicants are encouraged to address these questions in relation to former Eastern Bloc countries. For instance, with the exception of Belarus, all of these countries are subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights, sometimes with troubling records. Moreover, if we treat EU law as a regional manifestation of international law, then EU membership based on the Copenhagen criteria related to rule of law, democracy and human rights, has in a way become one of the new dividing lines in Eastern Europe. Yet the protection of human rights and respect for democracy has remained problematic not just in countries like the Russian Federation and Ukraine (i.e., outside the EU), but also in countries such as Hungary and Romania. Thus, can it be true that the EU law is the regional integration law of ‘liberal’ European states while the post-Communist states that resist more liberal ideas have remained outside it? Have greater spaces of the EU and the CIS, or in the context of international trade, the EU and the Russian-led Customs Union, been built up based on geopolitics and history or also on different understandings of liberal and traditionalist values?

Similarly, the Russian Federation, due to its size and weight in the international community as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and the G8, remains a particularly relevant testing ground in the context of (il)liberal ideas and international law. How has Russia’s official approach to such central themes in international law as jus ad bellum and human rights evolved since the collapse of the USSR and the decline of Communist ideas? Do Russia, the US and West European nations interpret key articles in the UN Charter in a similar or different manner, and what importance do they still attribute to the Charter? To the extent that the Russian government remains protective of state sovereignty, does it attempt to fight liberal ideas and the penetration of human rights with traditionalism and (Orthodox-influenced) critiques of the West? Now that the Russian Federation has finally become a member of the WTO, does it also accept ‘liberal’ ideas about trade and international governance?

The conference will take place on June 12-13, 2014 at the University of Tartu History Museum, featuring keynote talks by José E. Alvarez (NYU) and Gerry Simpson (Melbourne). Due to a generous grant from the European Research Council, successful applicants will receive full scholarships to cover flight and accommodation costs, on the condition that they develop their presentation into an article of publishable quality and that they are ESIL members. Approximately ten articles from the conference will be selected for publication in the 15th volume of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, which will be edited by Lauri Mälksoo and Ineta Ziemele.

Please submit your paper proposal, along with your CV, to the e-mail address by November 30, 2013. Applicants will be notified by December 15, 2013.
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Call for Papers for the 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference  

The 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference will be held on Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11, 2014, in Chicago. This conference will be funded primarily by the Belle R. and Joseph H. Braun Endowment Fund of The John Marshall Law School. Conference organizers and hosts include The John Marshall Law School (Chicago, Illinois, USA), Roosevelt University, College of Arts and Sciences (Chicago, Illinois, USA), and The East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai, China).

The Conference will bring international scholars, advocates and policy makers together to participate in an academic discussion about the law, policy, and implementation of legal protections for the elderly around the globe. This conference is purposely intended to parallel the current discussions of the United Nations' Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The Conference organizers are hoping to draft and develop a model International Bill of Rights for Elderly Individuals based on the research presented and the ensuing discussions.

There will be a general sessions over a two-day conference, and each session is expected to have individuals discussing their current research, with other academics and experts serving as moderators and discussants on the panel. This conference is meant to complement and supplement the discussions being held through the United Nations pursuant to General Assembly resolution 65/182. The final agenda for the conference will be determined based on the exact topics and countries analyzed in the abstracts accepted for presentation.

For more information, please visit:
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at:

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George Mason Law & Economics Center 2014 Workshops for Law Professors 

The Law & Economics Center at George Mason University School of Law invites applications for four LEC Workshops for Law Professors in 2014:

1. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Risk, Injury, Liability, and Insurance ... -insurance
January 30 - February 2, 2014, Hawks Cay Florida Keys Resort, Duck Key, FL

2. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Public Choice Economics ... -economics
March 20-23, 2014, Sheraton Palo Alto and Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

3. LEC Workshop for Law Professors on Empirical Methods ... al-methods
May 19-23, 2014 (lodging is not included), George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA

4. LEC Economics Institute for Law Professors ... professors
June 15-27, 2014, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs, CO


2. REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT: For each workshop, accepted applicants must make a deposit bonding their attendance within 30 days of acceptance. For each workshop, the deposit is refunded within 30 days after successful completion of the workshop.
3. APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please use the link below to apply: ... 1&cp=1
4. ACCEPTANCE: The LEC will begin evaluating applications on October 15, 2013

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For more information regarding these conferences or other initiatives of the Law & Economics Center, please visit:

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Call For Papers KCON9: The 9th Annual Conference on Contracts 

February 21-22, 2014, St. Thomas University School of Law

Submissions are cordially invited for the 9th Annual International Conference on Contracts, the largest annual scholarly and educational conference devoted to Contracts and related areas of commercial law.

TOPICS: Papers and works-in-progress are welcome from those who study Contracts from any perspective, whether doctrinal, pedagogical, theoretical, empirical, historical, economic, critical, comparative, or interdisciplinary. Works that take an international or civil law approach are also welcome. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to participate. Those interested in proposing and organizing panels (3-5 presenters) on specific themes are especially encouraged to do so.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Founded in 1984, St. Thomas University School of Law is located on the University's main campus in Miami Gardens. The School of Law includes a multi-level library, a moot court amphitheater, faculty and administrative offices, a computer lab, and classrooms and offices for student organizations. St. Thomas Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. It is part of a Catholic university and a law school where values matter. Located between vibrant legal communities in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas Law offers clinical, externship, internship, and part time employment opportunities in both. St. Thomas Law has been recognized for the diversity of the student body and the sense of community among its students. The School of Law has been recognized as having one of the most diverse student bodies among accredited law schools. The cultural diversity, commitment to professionalism and small class size make studying law at St. Thomas Law a unique and enriching experience.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Individual submissions should be made by a brief abstract (one page is sufficient) of the paper or Work-in-Progress that includes contact information for the author(s). Individual submissions will be placed on panels with like submissions. Panel proposals should include the name and contact information of the moderator or organizer, and a summary of the proposed papers or works in progress. There is no publication commitment for the conference, but the St. Thomas Law Review is publishing a symposium issue in conjunction with the Conference and welcomes submissions that seek publication. Otherwise, presenters and organizers of individual panels are free to arrange for publication on their own.

Submissions Deadline is Monday, December 16, 2013.

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Association of American Law Schools Call for Presentations and Papers Midyear Meeting: Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues 

We are seeking proposals for presentations and papers for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Workshop on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. The Workshop will be held June 6-7, 2014, with registration beginning on Thursday, June 5th. It will appeal to a full range of teachers and scholars in all subject areas by creating opportunities for a rich dialogue about the meaning, contours, and status of equality for sexual minorities, including discussions on “beyond identity” and “new frontiers.” We welcome participation by all AALS members—and particularly all sexual minorities.

Link to Call

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Call for Papers: Sociological Inquiries into International Law 

The workshop will take place at the London School of Economics, on 16 May 2014. Abstracts of no more than 300w should be sent to Sungjoon Cho, by 1 November 2013, and should include the author's name and full contact information. Decisions regarding inclusion in the workshop program will be sent by 1 January 2014. Those presenting will be expected to provide short discussion papers (3,000-4,000 words) by 25 April 2014.

Link to call

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Call for Papers: Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law invites submissions for its third annual conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Deadline: November 1, 2013.

Email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words to ycc.conference.2014[@] im

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.

Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists. 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.


Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than December 20, 2013. 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. A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need. If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Final papers by faculty members will be due by email to no later than March 1, 2014.

Acknowledgements and Questions

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Lewis & Clark Law School. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Ozan Varol, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at or telephone at 503.768.6805.

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