Call For Papers Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Seventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics 

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014, Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL

Matthew L. Spitzer, Director
Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Seventh Annual Conference on Innovation Economics. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 9:00 A.M. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 20, 2014.

OVERVIEW: The conference is organized by Daniel F. Spulber. The papers for this conference will be selected by a scientific committee.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern's own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to intellectual property (IP) protection, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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This conference will be an important component of the Searle Center's expanded entrepreneurship and innovation focus. Conference participants will explore the connections between IP, innovation, and entrepreneurship through empirical and theoretical economic and legal analysis. This interdisciplinary conference will be composed of presentations by leading researchers in economics and law, and participating authors will have their papers formally discussed by leading thinkers in the field. In addition, the conference will draw audiences of academics in economics, law, and business, as well as legal and business practitioners, government officials, and public policy makers.

TOPICS: This year's conference will place particular emphasis on technology standards and standards organizations. Topics include:
- Technology Standards and incentives to innovate
- Standards Organizations (SSOs and SDOs)
- Technology Standards and economic efficiency
- Patents
- IP law and regulation
- Innovation
- Invention and R&D
- The role of IP in vertical specialization and market entry
- IP and markets for technology
- Innovation and entrepreneurship

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address:

ATTENDANCE: Potential attendees should indicate their interest in receiving an invitation at

At least one author of each accepted paper is expected to attend the conference. Authors of each accepted paper will receive a speaker fee of $1,500 per paper, regardless of the number of authors. Authors are encouraged to use the speaker fee to cover reasonable transportation expenses since the conference will not otherwise support flights and incidental expenses. The Searle Center will, however, make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for at least one author from each paper to attend the conference, to include the nights of Wednesday, June 18 and Thursday, June 19. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference.

Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: by February 7, 2014.
Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by March 14, 2014.
Potential attendees should send a message indicating their interest to by June 9, 2014.

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Call For Papers Research Symposium on Student Loans 

April 10th and 11th, Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk Law School and the National Consumer Law Center are convening a Research Symposium on Student Loans in Boston on April 10th and 11th. The goal of the Symposium, which is invitation-only, is to bring together the nation's top experts, including academics, attorneys, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and government officials, to discuss research and policy related to student loans. We invite paper proposals that are empirical, qualitative, theoretical or policy-oriented.

TOPICS: Topics of particular interest are:

- The Impact of high levels of student debt
Impact of debt on individuals
Impact of student loan debt on the economy, e.g. housing markets and consumer spending

- Government loans
Evaluation of the public policy issues surrounding student loans, e.g. the debate whether the government should profit from student loans
The role of private sector entities, e.g. collection agencies, in government-sponsored student lending

- Private student loans
Consumer protection issues that can arise prior to and at origination, including extant legal claims and available relief, and an assessment of the need for further protections
Forward-looking predictions of the contours of a newly-structured private student loan market
Analysis of the secondary market for student loans, including the structure of securitizations, the incentives motivating various entities, the role of rating agencies, deal structures, risk, and performance metrics

- Default and Collection
Evaluating collection practices, policies, and costs for government loans
Consumer protection issues that arise in servicing and collection

- Alleviating Debt
Assessing debt forgiveness programs-- public interest debt forgiveness and income- based repayment, including the incentives the programs create and the long-term efficiency of the programs
Understanding the role of bankruptcy and student loan debt

- Innovations
Extant and proposed innovations in debt servicing and alleviating debt
The history and potential for loan modifications, ideally with reference to the experience with home mortgage loan modifications

- The future: student loans as the default option for higher education
Financing higher education in the future
The relationship between student debt and access to higher education
Policy responses to alleviating the cost of higher education

- The state of the knowledge about student lending
An assessment of data on student lending, including the sources of data, the accessibility of the data, the information that is gathered
Description of the kinds of answers existing data can give us and critical gaps in the data
Identification of areas in which further research is needed

Presenters will have their reasonable travel expenses covered.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Paper proposals are due by December 1, 2013. Papers do not have to be completed by the proposal submission date. Abstracts are sufficient although we welcome drafts or completed papers. Authors will be notified whether their paper proposals are selected by January 15, 2014. Please send proposals electronically to Kathleen Engel ( We recognize that presenters may not be able to have their papers in final form by the conference date; however, we need drafts that can be distributed to participants by April 1.

Some authors will be invited to publish their papers in a symposium volume of the Suffolk Law Review.

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Call for Papers: International Institutions: Law and Governance  

The International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will hold a works-in-progress workshop on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th,2014, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe,Arizona.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please submit an abstract to David Gartner (, Justin Jacinto (, and Julian Arato ( by the end of the day on December 2. Abstracts should be a couple of paragraphs long but not more than one page. Papers should relate to the topic of international institutions and governance.

Papers selected for presentation are due no later than January 24th, as they will be pre-circulated. Papers should not yet be in print so that authors will have time to make revisions based on the
comments from the workshop.

The workshop's format will be as follows. Each paper will be introduced by the commentator,after which the author will have the opportunity to respond if he or she wishes. The floor will then be opened up for discussion. The workshop will be conducted on the assumption that everyone has read all of the papers in advance. One need not present a paper or comment on a paper to participate. Registration for the workshop will open in January.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the workshop or paper submissions.

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Call for Papers: Intersections in Reproduction: Perspectives on Abortion, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, and Judicial Review 

Abortion and reproductive technologies have historically occupied separate realms in law, policy, and academia. In spite of some obvious and natural overlap, scholarship exploring the relationship between abortion and assisted reproduction is sparse. In 2014, Judith Daar (Whittier Law School) and Kimberly Mutcherson (Rutgers Law-Camden) will co-guest edit an issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics devoted to articles reflecting on this relationship. JLME is a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

The guest editors are open to a wide range of scholarship from authors steeped in various aspects of reproductive justice, reproductive rights and reproductive technologies who can explore the future of assisted reproduction and abortion as matters of scholarly concern and legal regulation, especially when viewed as part of a larger movement for reproductive rights and reproductive justice. The term reproductive technologies should be interpreted broadly in this context to go beyond IVF and include a range of techniques used in conjunction with assisted methods of conception.

Questions papers might choose to tackle include, but are in no way limited to:

- What is the relationship between the right to create a pregnancy through assisted reproduction and the right to terminate a pregnancy? Papers could explore constitutional groundings for the rights, similarities and differences in how the rights have or should evolve, and how these potentially evolving rights can or should impact each other.

- What common ground and common cause can be found between those who advocate on behalf of people who use assisted reproductive technology and women who want to terminate pregnancies?

- What is the role of stigma in controlling women’s reproductive choices in these two areas and how does stigma in one area impact another? For example, how does stigma directed at women working as surrogates relate to stigma directed towards women who terminate a pregnancy?

- What is the relationship between paternalist justifications for the regulation of assisted reproductive technology and paternalist justifications for the regulation of decision making about terminating pregnancies?

-How has technology influenced women’s choices and autonomy in reproductive decision-making, either in creating or ending embryonic life, and how does it impact judicial review of these decisions?
Special consideration will be given to writing that explores connections, disconnections, and contradictions in how law, public policy, and ethics understand abortion and how those arenas understand assisted reproduction. Final papers should be ten-twenty pages, including endnotes.
On April 17-18, 2014, as a prelude to the special issue, the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School will host a workshop to discuss papers that have been preliminarily selected for publication in the special issue of JLME, and potentially additional papers that explore these themes. Post-workshop, authors will have time to revise their papers for purposes of publication in the special issue or for potential placement elsewhere.

To be considered for inclusion in this special issue and the workshop in April, please send an abstract of no more 500 words to Judith Daar ( and Kim Mutcherson ( by November 18, 2013. If you do not want your work considered for inclusion in the special issue of JLME, please make that clear in your abstract. Authors who are selected for inclusion in the special JLME issue and/or the workshop will be notified no later than December 13, 2013. Drafts of papers for the workshop will be due by March 10, 2014. Final papers will be due to the editors by May 23, 2014.

If you have any questions about this CFP, please feel free to contact Judith Daar at or Kimberly Mutcherson at

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You are here: Home *** CALLS FOR PAPERS Call for Papers: The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000 – Minneapolis, MN Monday, November 4, 2013 Call for Papers: The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000 

University of Minnesota Law School invites papers for The Law and the Child in Historical Perspective, 1400-2000, on June 1-2, 2014.

The study of the history of children, youth and childhood has grown dramatically in the last two decades, making age a new category of historical analysis. The Law and the Child will focus on law’s central role in changing understandings of childhood and children’s experiences, considering among other things selfhood, family, market relations, society, and state. Our hope is for a broad reach geographically and chronologically, from the Medieval World to the Twenty-First Century, and for papers that consider the multiple sources that intersect in the legal construction of childhood and in children’s lived legal experiences. These include race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, ethnicity, psychology, dependency, agency, citizenship, and (il)legitimacy. We also hope papers will address topics in both civil and criminal law. The conference, one of a series begun in 2007, is intended to showcase the work of junior scholars working the field of legal history and to bring them into conversation with senior scholars.

Deadline: December 20, 2013. Submit a proposal of no more than 300 words, in Word format, accompanied by a C.V. of no more than 3 pages to Barbara Welke at welke004[@] Notification date: February 17, 2014. No previously published work will be accepted, as the conference is designed to provide a forum for productive and supportive discussion of works in progress. Accepted papers (no longer than 10,000 words) must be submitted by May 1, 2014. All papers will be pre-circulated on a password-protected website, and read by all participants. A modest travel and accommodations budget will be provided for all presenters.

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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
Send Submissions to


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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