Call for Papers: Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law 

Papers are particularly welcomed on the following themes:

Taking a risk: does the law deal with risk in the right way?
Trust & Transparency: freedom of information and open data as constitutional and democratic issues;
Probability, evidence and the law;
Information and protecting the sick and vulnerable: assessing risk & balancing privacy and the public good;
Crime, surveillance and data analysis;
Big Data, profiling and social media.

Other papers which are relevant to the overall theme of trust, risk, information and the law will also be considered.

Selected papers will be reviewed for publication in a special section/issue of the Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are invited for consideration. Successful applicants will be allocated 15-20 minutes for presentation of their paper plus time for questions and discussion. Abstracts, contained in a Word document or PDF, should be emailed to Marion Oswald at the address below. Please include name, title, institution/organisation details and email correspondence address. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 6 December 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 December 2013. Speakers will be entitled to the early registration discounted conference fee.

For more information, please contact Marion Oswald


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Call for Papers Law and Global Governance of Development 

We invite various types of papers and approaches – and in particular submission from scholars based or trained in developing countries or in new financing countries (BRICs, etc.). Papers can focus on a legal analysis, as knowledge about and understanding of the concrete rules is only slowly emerging. Papers might focus on the political economy of rules or analyse the political theory of development governance. We also welcome papers that provide a critical engagement with the structures, as “development” is surely one of the most contested concepts in international law today.

Submissions from both junior scholars (including PhD students and advanced law students, as well as practitioners and new faculty) and senior scholars are invited on the themes outlined above. Abstracts should be at least 150 words, but longer and more fully-developed abstracts up to 1,000 words are welcome and encouraged where possible. Abstracts should be sent (in .doc or .docx format) to by February 16, 2014. Abstracts must include a statement of the issue area of the paper, as well as an indication of the major arguments to be made, a proposed title, and postal, email and telephone contacts for the author.

A selection panel will consider all abstracts received by the submission deadline, and notify applicants of paper acceptance by March 2, 2014. The submission date for full papers accepted for presentation is May 11, 2014. The final version of the paper must be no longer than 8,000 words (footnotes included) and must be sent (in .doc or .docx format) to Only a
limited number of promising papers can be accepted. It is expected that some funding will be available to assist paper presenters with travel costs. A .pdf version of this document is available here. For any further information please contact

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Alternative Dispute Resolution: Is this the future of law? The Aspen Center for Social Values and The Jewish Law Association June 8-10, 2014 Location: The Aspen Center for Social Values  

Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2013

The Conference seeks to engage scholars of Jewish studies, and Law & Religion, on the theme "Alternative Dispute Resolution: Is this the future of law?", with a particular focus on religious courts of arbitration. Our approach is interdisciplinary, and we welcome proposals for papers from scholars of all fields, including history, law, cultural studies, and the social sciences. We envision panels on some of the following themes, and we welcome submissions that have a historical perspective as well as a contemporary one:

Recent Developments in ADR
Marriage, Divorce, & ADR
Enforcing Religious Arbitration
Islamic Law in America
ADR: Are Jewish Courts a Good Model for Success?
Comparative perspectives are also welcome.

We invite submissions for individual papers and/or panels. Submissions for individual papers should consist of a title and 250-word abstract, contact information, and short bio of the speaker. Proposals for a panel should include a 100-word description of the overall panel in addition to a 250-word abstract of each paper on the panel as well as contact information and a short bio of each speaker.

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Call for Papers: IGILT and University of Tartu  

"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 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.

Call For Papers.pdf

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


Workshop Date: February 19-21, 2014
Location: National University of Singapore
Submissions Due: November 1, 2013
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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: ””

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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 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

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
(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 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 


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 by October 29, 2013.

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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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