2014 International Legal Ethics Conference VI 

The Organizing Committee is pleased to be hosting this conference in London, United Kingdom from July 10 – 12, 2014 at City Law School London.1 It is situated in central London. The main Conference events will take place on the Northampton Square campus in Clerkenwell close to London’s theatres, museums and restaurants. The dinner on Friday evening will be in the Great Hall, Inner Temple.

“Legal Ethics at a Time of Regulatory Change”
Call for Papers

Proposals for presenting a paper or panel are invited from scholars from all disciplines, legal professionals, judges and students. Presenters are encouraged to submit papers within one of the following streams:

Culture, Technology, Ethics and Society
Empirical Approaches to Legal Ethics
Philosophy and Legal Ethics
Regulation of the Profession(s)
Ethics and Legal Education

The Conference will be organised into sessions of 90 minutes each. Normally, three papers will be presented in any one session. Alternatively, a proposal for a Panel involving discussion or other formats will be considered.

Proposals for a paper or for a panel should include an abstract of between 100 and 250 words. If the proposal is for a panel, the name of the panellists should also be identified. Abstracts should include title, author/s and institutional affiliations. Up to five key words should also be provided at the end of the abstract.

Proposals should either indicate the stream in which the paper or panel is to be presented or identify with clarity an alternative theme within which the proposal sits.

In order to accommodate a diverse group of presenters, participants should not present in more than two events.

The deadline date for proposals is January 31, 2014.
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2014 McMaster Philosophy of Law Conference: The Legacy of Ronald Dworkin 

This is a call for abstracts for the 2014 McMaster Legal Philosophy Conference. The conference theme is the Legacy of Ronald Dworkin. We invite abstracts for papers that address any aspect of Dworkin’s work, including but not limited to his work in constitutional jurisprudence, political philosophy, general jurisprudence, and metaethics. To receive full consideration for inclusion, abstracts must be received by October 31, 2013 and should be between 800 and 1000 words. Please submit abstracts via e-mail in Word or .pdf format to

We expect that we will be able to inform those who have been accepted by November 30, 2013. All papers accepted to the conference will also be considered for inclusion in a volume of papers on the conference theme. We are presently in discussions with the publisher of the companion volume to our 2011 conference, Oxford University Press, about the publication of the 2014 companion volume.

The conference will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The conference dates are Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, 2014. We will ask all authors accepted to the conference to submit draft papers (approximately 8000 to 12,000 words) by Friday, May 9.

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World Congress of Constitutional Law 2014 Constitutional Challenges: Global and Local 

Paper submission
Procedure for submitting a paper to a workshop:

Expressions of interest in submitting a paper to a particular workshop should be sent by email to the chairs of the workshop. Please see the web page for your preferred workshop to find the right email address.
An expressions of interest should:

take the form of a title and an abstract (200-300 words) and

indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 1 November 2013.

The two chairs of each workshops will then evaluate the proposals that have been submitted for their workshops. By 30 November 2013, they will communicate directly to the relevant authors their decision to accept (or not) a paper for discussion at the Congress.

As the chairpersons have the responsibility to plan the format for discussion at the workshop, the final paper should be submitted to the chairs at the same email addresses.
Papers should:

not exceed 8 000 words (20 pages)
indicate the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author
state clearly the name and number of the workshop for which the paper has been accepted and submitted.

The deadline for submission of papers to the workshop chairs is 30 March 2014.

Once accepted by them, the workshop chairs will send the final papers to the organizers for publication on the Congress website by 1 May 2014 at the latest.

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Call For Papers Fordham Urban Law Journal 2014 Symposium - Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology 

February 27th - 28th, 2014, Fordham Law School, New York

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2014 Symposium, Smart Law for Smart Cities: Regulation and the Transformation of Urban Technology. As the second-most cited law and public policy journal and one of the few journals publishing articles directly related to urban law, the Fordham Urban Law Journal is committed to providing meaningful scholarship on issues related to urban law. The 2014 Symposium will focus on topics associated with contemporary urbanism and the potentially disruptive advances in urban infrastructure related to innovative technology, sustainability and "big data." All authors chosen for publication will be asked to speak on a panel at the Symposium, which will be held at Fordham Law School on February 27th and 28th, 2014. The Symposium is being co-organized by Fordham's Urban Law Center, Urban Studies Program, Center on Law and Information Policy, and Center for Digital Transformation.

TOPICS: The Smart Law for Smart Cities Symposium will focus on how contemporary urban life is marked and shaped by technology, as well as the law and regulatory complexities that are arising from this technological transformation. The Symposium will include panels examining changes to both the physical and non-physical landscape in urban life resulting from such changes. The topics include:
- Citizen Engagement, the technological interface between citizens and cities;
- Local Service Delivery, the transformation of traditional urban local-government services such as policing, education and public safety;
- Broadband and the New Digital Divide, the physical changes in urban infrastructure to accommodate the demand for broadband, and challenges in equal access to this new market;
- Energy and Infrastructure, with technological advances comes the need for advances in energy usage and an infrastructure that can support it, despite the fact that urban areas are still working within the regulatory and legal framework of past generations;
- Cities and Surveillance, the dichotomy between the need for safety in an urban atmosphere and risks such as crowd sourcing and false accusations is examined in a post-9/11 and post-Boston Marathon Bombing world; and
- Regulating Big Data in Urban Governance, the dueling relationship between the collection and deployment of large amounts of data needed for urban governance and privacy and other regulation concerns.

The Fordham Urban Law Journal is seeking papers related to these topics for discussion at the Symposium and inclusion in the Volume 42 Symposium Issue, slated for publication in fall 2014. Authors should submit a one page proposal to the Journal's Symposium Editor, Alex Berke, at If you are already working on a draft paper, please include that draft with your submission. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 25th at 5pm. We will inform you if your paper has been accepted by November 1st. Please contact Alex Berke with any questions.

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

March 7 and 8, 2014, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

American Society of Comparative Law, Maximo Langer, University of California at Los Angeles Kim Scheppele, Princeton Program in Law and Public Affairs, Jacqueline Ross, University of Illinois College of Law

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 7 and 8, 2014, at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday evening March 6 and to leave on Sunday March 9.

OVERVIEW: 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 to 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, subject to final approval of our annual co-sponsorship proposal at the upcoming meeting of the ASCL. Authors of papers and commentators will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and accommodation up to $600.00, by either the University of California at Los Angeles School 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 Maximo Langer at by January 5, 2014. 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.

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Call For Papers Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics 

The Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for Environmental Law and Economics will be held on 23-24 May 2014, at Illini Center in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting is sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law (

We hope to build upon the great success of past meetings, and continue to build a community of scholars interested in working at the intersection of law, economics, and environmental issues. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers, as well studies looking at problems at the local and international levels.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: 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 20-25 papers over the two-day period.

As in past years, no funding will be available for travel or lodging expenses, but the University of Illinois College 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. Arden Rowell at

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit a paper, please email a Word or PDF file to Arden Rowell at with the subject line "SELE SUBMISSION," by November 18, 2013. We will review all the papers and get back to you by December 16.

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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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