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Call for Papers: Proposals for Research Workshop on “Policy Failure” 

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Workshop Date: February 19-21, 2014
Location: National University of Singapore
Submissions Due: November 1, 2013
Send Submissions to policyfailureconference@gmail.com

Summary

Policy failures present a valuable opportunity for policy learning, but this potential has been largely overlooked by both practitioners and researchers. Although the likelihood of policy failure is at least as high as policy success, the existing literature has focused disproportionately on the latter. Compared to the large volume of publications on “good practices” and “best practices”, little scholarly attention has been paid to “bad practices” or “worst practices” despite their widespread prevalence. As a result, public officials have failed to learn valuable lessons from these experiences.

Labeling of policies as “success” or “failure” is also often misused in public debates to seek partisan political advantages making it difficult to understand its dynamics from a technical perspective. And many policy studies have also focused on programme-related sources failures while recent research has increasingly identified political and process failures, focusing on shortcoming in the decision-making and other stages of the policy process such as policy formulation, as common sources of failure.

This workshop aims to bring together scholars to address these and other key theoretical and practical issues concerning policy failure. Answers will be sought to such questions as: How do we recognize a policy failure? What are different types of policy failures? What are the factors and dynamics that contribute to different types of policy failures? Which policy failures are avoidable and which are not, and how can they be prevented? Can policies de designed to withstand failure? And what are the potential mechanisms to promote policy learning through a better understanding of policy failures? These questions can be addressed from a theoretical or empirical perspective or, ideally, both.

Successful paper proposals will be eligible for full cost subsidies for air travel, meals and accommodation in Singapore.

The present call for proposals is the first stage in the selection of papers. Potential presenters are asked to provide an initial short 1-2 paragraph description of their topic and how it fits into the conference theme no later than November 1, 2013. Successful proposers will be asked to provide a longer 2-3 page synopsis of their paper and argument by December 1, 2013 and final decisions on acceptances will be sent out no later than December 15, 2013. Final papers will be due February 5, 2014 for circulation to all conference participants two weeks before the workshop

Please send your proposals to: ”policyfailureconference@gmail.com”

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International Congress on: Global-regional-local. Institutions, relations, networks. Past and future of the sociology of law 

n May 2014, the IISL will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The IISL was founded jointly by the Basque Government and the RCSL, and we would like to celebrate this unique and highly successful relationship. Since its foundation, the IISL has become the home of the international sociology of law community. In addition, through our Masters programme, workshops, congresses, library and visiting scholars, we have directly contributed to the development of sociology of law locally and internationally.


We would like to celebrate our anniversary through an international congress that reflects upon and further develops the synergies between the different layers of the IISL´s communities: international, regional and local, in all of their institutional dimensions. We wish to toast our successes, and we especially invite all of our former students, teachers and visitors to return to Oñati. We also want to critically examine the nature of sociology of law in its many institutional dimensions, and to discuss the challenges for the future.


To that end, we invite abstracts on all topics connected with the general theme of the congress but specially welcome on the themes as numerated below:


Transitional Justice.
Access to justice.
Juvenile delinquency.
Impact of legal reform implemented recently in the Basque Country.
The measures adopted by youth courts.
Civil mediation and cross-border trafficking of people.
Institutional, and normative connections between law and social systems on international, regional and local level.
Legal systems and new social movements.
Sociology of constitutions and constitutionalism.
25years after the communism; reflections and evaluations.
Legal systems and globalisation.
Changing nature of socio-legal knowledge.
Challenges to teaching socio-legal research.
Sociology of Legal Education.
Social Inequalities and Legal Institutions.

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Barry University School of Law Environmental and Earth Law Journal: Call for Papers 

The Barry University School of Law Environmental and Earth Law Journal seeks papers that advance the application and practice of Environmental Law.

Call for Participation
For our Fourth Volume, we seek a broad range of participants - including scholars, practitioners, elected officials, activists, community leaders and students. Paper topics should address the following areas of academic inquiry:
• Environmental Justice
• Earth Law
• Earth Jurisprudence

Submission Guidelines
If you would like to be considered for publication in our Spring 2014 Volume, please submit your article through the Environmental and Earth Law Journal Digital Commons page locate at http://lawpublications.barry.edu/ejejj/. Once you have accessed the link provided, please click on “Submit Article.”

The Article Submission Deadline is March 1, 2014.

We will notify all selected participants by mail or email, depending on the submission information provided. We request that all participants provide both an email address and a mailing address.

Selected contributors must submit their finished papers to the Journal no later than May 1, 2014. If selected, Final Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages, in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes). You will receive a confirmation by e-mail.

General Submission Rules
Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Environmental and Earth Law Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Environmental and Earth Law Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Environmental and Earth Law Journal, please contact Chris Parkinson at christopher.parkinson@law.barry.edu.

Selection
Submitted articles will be judged on the following criteria: relevance to the practice of law in the specified areas, timeliness and importance of selected topic, organization, quality of legal analysis, quality of legal research, and quality of the overall writing.

For More Information Please Contact:
Chris Parkinson
Lead Articles Editor
Environmental and Earth Law Journal
christopher.parkinson@law.barry.edu
(315) 269-4497



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Call for Papers Journal of International Business and Law  

Hofstra University's Journal of International Business and Law will be accepting submissions from legal professors and practitioners actively engaged in the study of international business law. Submissions will be considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Volume XIII.

The Journal of International Business and Law (JIBL), established in 1999, is a student-run publication that explores the interaction of business and law in the global marketplace. As the legal and business worlds collide in a global business dynamic, there exists a need for wide-ranging scholarly debate and critical thinking on a broad range of topics that is crucial to both practitioners and academics. JIBL aims to bridge the gap between law and business in international corporate and entrepreneurial matters. As a publication produced by students of both the Maurice A. Deane School of Law and the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, JIBL draws on the different perspectives of its members to provide a greater understanding of the ways that different disciplines intersect in practice.

Above all, we are looking for articles that add a significant contribution to a scholarship field by highlighting a nexus between international business and law. As one of the only journals that exclusively publishes issues with this link, we strive to select articles on cutting edge topics by leaders in their respective fields. Our last publication highlighted a work by Thomas R. Graham, the U.S. member of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body, entitled "Present at the Creation.” JIBL encourages submissions with these types of unique perspectives.

If you wish to submit an article for publication, please send JIBL an electronic version of your article with an attached CV either via ExpressO or directly to jibl.solicitations@hofstra.edu. Additionally, please feel free to e-mail us with any questions. We will be accepting submissions through November 15, 2013.

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IP Clinics at Texas A&M 



CALL FOR PRESENTERS

The Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law, in connection with Start-Up Aggieland and the Mays Business School, is issuing a call for presenters for its spring conference to be held February 28, 2014, which will explore the dynamics of the relationship between law school entrepreneurship/IP clinics and university incubators.

We are now accepting proposals for presentations on a variety of topics particular to working with university incubators, including innovative clinical models and structures; working with student entrepreneurs; collaborations with other entities; working with outside attorneys; remote representation; creative problem-solving; interdisciplinary teams; and insurance and liability issues.

If you are involved in an entrepreneurship clinic that works with a university-owned incubator, come and share your experiences and wisdom. If you are a person interested in innovative ideas in experiential learning, come and join the discussion. If you are thinking about working with university incubators, come and learn.

If you are interested in presenting, please send a proposal of no more than 300 words to Professor Megan Carpenter, Director of Texas A&M CLIP, at mcarpenter@law.tamu.edu by October 29, 2013.

From IP and IT Conferences


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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 lawconf@mcmaster.ca.

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 symposium@urbanlawjournal.com. 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 langer@law.ucla.edu 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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