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CALL FOR PAPERS SPRING 2013 ISSUE ON MEDIA LAW 

The University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy (JLPP), celebrating its 25th anniversary, is organizing a special issue on media law for spring 2013.

Papers submitted for consideration in this issue may include articles, essays and book reviews and should focus on topics related to media law, including First Amendment, defamation, privacy or intellectual property.

Submission guidelines: Please submit any papers you would like to be considered for publication in our special issue in Word document format to kcarnley@ufl.edu by January 15, 2013.

For more information about our Journal and our submission requirements, visit our page on the submissions guidelines.

Symposium: Authors invited to publish in the special issue on media law may also be invited to participate in the spring 2013 media law symposium, hosted by the Journal at the UF Levin College of Law.

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Call for Papers: New Voices in Comparative Law – Indianapolis, IN 

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law invite submissions for its April 18-19, 2013, conference at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than November 4, 2012, to the following address: yccsubmissions[@]gmail.com. 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. Graduate students should identify themselves as such.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, by email at richard.albert[@]bc.edu or telephone at 617.552.3930.
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CALL FOR PAPERS Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance 

Deadline: September 15, 2012

The past decade has witnessed an explosion of scholarship covering the broad area of surveillance studies. Surveillance, or the ability to engage in what David Lyon (2003) calls ‘social sorting’, is understood by social scientists to be key to neoliberal governance, in large part because of its capacity to reconfigure both public space and forms of citizenship. And yet, to date, very little scholarly work systematically considers the gendered dimensions of, and experiences with, surveillance. The little research that does exist indicates the need for more in-depth study. This edited collection seeks to engage with contemporary studies on surveillance by expanding the gaze to include a critical analysis of gender and public space.

The aim of the collection is to capture a wide range of gendered experiences, identities, and subjectivities, including, but not limited to, those of ‘women’. By public space we are referring to those places to which the public has reasonable expectations of access. This space might be privately owned, public space, or a hybrid; it may be physical (e.g. shopping malls, city streets) or virtual (e.g. public on-line profiles and social media platforms). Surveillance itself may be technological (e.g. CCTV) or informal (e.g. ‘eyes on the street’). The key uniting theme of ‘Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance’ is the ways that the dimensions of gender, public space, and surveillance interact to produce particular configurations that have yet to be fully explored.

This call for papers seeks innovative feminist and/or intersectional scholarship for an interdisciplinary edited collection of original works. We welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, including: communication studies, criminology, geography, law, sexuality studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, and/or women’s and gender studies. Papers may be theoretical or empirical in nature.

Topics may include (but are not limited to)

- Surveillance, bodies, and forms of citizenship
- Sexuality/ies and surveillance
- Masculinity/ies and surveillance
- Gendered resistance to surveillance
- Gender and urban CCTV
- Surveillance and the intersectionality of gender, race, and class
- Media/cinematic representations of surveillance
- Relationships between the watchers and being watched

Abstract submission:

Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and 200 word
bio to genderedlens@gmail.com no later than September 15, 2012.

Those invited to contribute to the collection will be notified in October 2012 and full papers will be due in April 2013.

Please direct questions to collection editor:

Emily van der Meulen,
evandermeulen@ryerson.ca
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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Call for Submissions: Special Issue of the International Community Law Review  

Call for Submissions: Reservations to Treaties

The editors of the International Community Law Review are pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the journal on ‘Reservations to International Treaties’.

The International Community Law Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal, published quarterly by Brill/Nijhoff. The journal addresses all aspects of international law and the international community, and aims to explore the implications of various traditions of international law and how the international community uses and adapts international law to deal with new and emerging challenges.

Submissions are invited for the special issue on all aspects of the topic, particularly those commenting on the International Law Commission’s 2011 Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties, and the report of Special Rapporteur Mr Alan Pellet. Areas of interest may include:

The effect of impermissible reservations

Temporal limitations on the lodging of objections to impermissible reservations

The impact of interpretive declarations

Reservations to human rights treaties

All those with an interest in the subject are invited to contribute articles for publication in the special issue. Proposals for papers should be should be no more than 15000 words, and be submitted to the editors here by 31st January 2013. Publication is expected in the third quarter of 2013.

For further information please contact Sarah Singer at iclr.managing.editor@gmail.com

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Sustainable Development and International Investment Law: Bridging the Divide 

We have seen a significant increase over the past decade in the number of investment treaties and treaty-based disputes, each contributing to the vast and evolving international investment regime, and each with important implications for sustainable development.

The proliferation of treaties stems from host states wanting to attract foreign investment and all of its potential associated benefits for development (i.e. job creation, broader tax base,
improvement in infrastructure, technology and skill transfer etc.); the assumption has been that the investor protections afforded in these treaties will facilitate the flow of investment and the
associated benefits. However, the rapid growth in the number of treaty-based claims filed by investors reflects investors’ increased willingness to safeguard their investments from any
adverse state conduct. In addition to cases based on states’ wrongful conduct, a wide variety of domestic measures relevant to sustainable development, such as legitimate fiscal and industrial
policy, environmental protection, and access to essential services, have also been challenged under the agreements. Such claims by investors, whether successful or not, can cause a state to
think twice before adopting legitimate regulations, suggesting that treaties may in fact impede states’ policy space to promote sustainable development domestically. Investment treaties,
therefore, can be seen to represent both a tool and a challenge for sustainable development.

The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment (VCC) is issuing this call for papers to explore how to “bridge the divide” between achieving necessary protections of foreign investors while promoting the sustainable development of the host state. In this regard, the call for papers aims to foster analysis and ongoing discussion on ways in which sustainable development norms (broadly defined) can and/or do manifest themselves in international investment law. Topics that might be addressed by submissions include:
• An assessment of the investment treaty standards in relation to sustainable development
• The application of international law generally to investment disputes, and its implications
for sustainable development
• Different approaches to investment treaty drafting to accommodate and further sustainable development
• Treaty interpretation techniques which encourage integration of norms related to sustainable development (including, but not limited to Article 31(3) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties)
• Standards of review in investment law
• A comparative analysis of investment law with other legal regimes that face similar issues relating to sustainable development (e.g. trade, human rights)
• The application of stabilization clauses in investment law
• Approaches to determining jurisdiction and admissibility of claims as they relate to the sustainable development
• Legal mechanisms for creating more sustainable partnerships between foreign investors and host states

Submissions are also welcomed on other topics not addressed above, but that otherwise relate to the theme of the call for papers.
Papers submitted will be considered for publication in the Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy. Those interested in making a submission should submit an abstract no longer than
500 words. Finished papers and drafts are also welcome.
Abstracts should be emailed to Rahim Moloo, Senior Research Fellow, VCC (rahim.moloo@nyu.edu), and Lise Johnson, Lead Investment Law & Policy Researcher, VCC (lisejjohnson@gmail.com) by August 15, 2012. Finished papers will be due by October 31, 2012.

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Transnational Dispute Management -- Call for papers "Corruption and Arbitration" 

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming TDM special issue on "Corruption and Arbitration."

Edited by Prof. Dr. Richard Kreindler (Shearman & Sterling LLP) and Carolyn B. Lamm (White & Case LLP) this special issue will analyze new trends, developments, and challenges respecting the intersection between on the one hand allegations, suspicions or findings of corruption and on the other hand decisions by arbitral tribunals regarding jurisdiction, admissibility and the merits of commercial and investment disputes.

It has been some 40 years since an acute focus was placed, perhaps for the first time, on how an arbitral tribunal can, should or must conduct itself in the face of suspected or manifest illegality of the parties. The award in ICC Case No. 1110 (1963), rendered by Gunnar Lagergren, cast a sharp focus on issues of arbitration, including competence-competence and severability of the arbitration agreement, in the face of a suspected or manifestly illegal contract.

Against this background, the Special Issue intends to identify, critique and reconcile the different strands where possible and desirable, both from the arbitrator's and the party's perspective. The potential scope of the subject is indeed vast and possible topics for submission might include:

How can, should or must an arbitral tribunal act in the face of suspected corruption in a contract or an investment underlying the parties' dispute? How should a tribunal act in the face of corruption which is admitted or otherwise manifest?

Should the nature of the would-be illegality make a difference to the tribunal's assessment of its own jurisdiction? Of the separability of the agreement to arbitrate? Of arbitrability?

When should the issue of jurisdiction hinge on whether the corrupt act arguably tainted the contract or investment ab initio, as opposed to an illegality arising or becoming apparent only in the course of later performance?

Given suspected or manifest corruption, which standards of substantive law should apply as to whether and how to proceed respecting jurisdiction, admissibility, separability, arbitrability and the merits of the dispute? How should tribunals address differences in national law respecting the activities of agents, intermediaries and lobbyists? How should they reconcile national law with possibly competing "transnational public policy" or "international public policy"?

What challenges exist in terms of attribution of corrupt actions or knowledge of such actions to a state party in commercial arbitration, in investment arbitration, including in the context of the 2001 ILA Draft Articles on Responsibility of States?

How should burden of persuasion, burden of proof and the standard of proof be approached when faced with allegations or suspicions of corruption? What standard or standards should apply when and why? -- Can the rights and duties of the arbitrator to investigate corruption, including on his or her own initiative, be meaningfully identified? What about when such action collides or might collide with investigative efforts already undertaken or which might still be undertaken by national criminal authorities?

What justifications, excuses and defenses may exist to estop a party from invoking corruption on the part of the other party? What of the "unclean hands" doctrine and similar approaches?

What should be the legal consequences of a finding of corruption in commercial arbitration, in investment arbitration? When is it a question of jurisdiction, when of admissibility and when of the merits?

At the enforcement stage, what tensions may exist, where corruption has been alleged or proven, between the (un)enforceability of an arbitral award at the seat and the (un)enforceability of the same award in a foreign court? What limits should apply to de novo review by the foreign reviewing court?

What tools do arbitrators have, or not have, to investigate allegations of corruption, particularly when third parties may be involved?

Publication is expected in January 2013. Proposals for papers should be submitted to the editors by July 31, 2012.

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Call for Papers: The Tax Lawyer — The State & Local Tax Edition 

From Brandee Tilman, Editor-in-Chief of the State and Local Tax edition of The Tax Lawyer (via Alice Abreu (Temple), incoming Vice Chair, Publication, for the ABA Tax Section):

We are pleased to announce a call for articles for the Summer 2013 Edition of the ABA’s The Tax Lawyer – The State and Local Tax Edition (SALTE). The SALTE features legal scholarship devoted to state and local taxation and is distributed to the nearly 18,000 members of the ABA Tax Section as well as other subscribers. Though not limited to academic and/or tax policy articles, this publication provides an excellent venue for these types of articles, while simultaneously providing authors with a wide readership of state and local tax professionals.

Articles submitted for publication should be at least 40 double-spaced pages (or 10,000 words) plus footnotes, and should be submitted no later than November 15, 2012. The SALTE is a peer-reviewed publication, and publication decisions will be made by the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor, both of whom are practicing tax lawyers. Offers of publication will be issued within 30 days of receipt of the submission.

Contact Information:

Brandee A. Tilman
Editor-in-Chief (effective 7/1/12)
brandee.tilman@disney.com

Jeffrey Reed
Managing Editor (effective 7/1/12)
JReed@mayerbrown.com

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Call For Papers: Affordable Care Act 

Call for Papers:

Public Affairs Quarterly
is seeking abstracts for a special issue which will cover the various issues surrounding the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); the decision is expected later this month. We are seeking papers that are philosophical in nature, but, in keeping with the purpose of the journal, we are primarily interested in papers that engage in a meaningful way with the Court’s decision. The aim of the special issue is to move beyond the generic debate over universal health care and to engage critically with the various legal and normative issues at stake in the Affordable Care Act, specifically, the potential legal fallout from the decision, and legislative/political paths forward.

The Court has granted review of the following issues with respect to the ACA:

Is it appropriate to decide the case before any individual has been forced to pay the penalty which is at issue; i.e. does the Anti-Injunction Act apply?

Can the expansion in Medicaid proposed by the ACA be justified?
Can the individual mandate be constitutionally justified?

If the individual mandate is deemed unconstitutional, what ramifications ought this to have for the rest of the provisions in the ACA; i.e. is the individual mandate severable?

We hope that authors will engage meaningfully with one or more of these issues as well as the normative and legal consequences that follow.

Abstracts should be between 500 and 750 words in length and should be submitted within one month of the decision. If selected, authors will then have an additional six months to submit final manuscripts for the issue. The special issue will be edited by Nathan Stout (Tulane University) with oversight from PAQ’s Editor-in-Chief, Fritz Allhoff (Western Michigan University). We welcome submissions not just from philosophers, but also from our colleagues in the legal and medical communities.

Abstracts should be sent in .doc or .docx format to Nathan Stout at: paqjournal@gmail.com. All manuscripts are to be submitted in accordance with the style guidelines of the journal which may be found at the following address: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/paq.html

Contact Information:

Nathan Stout
paqjournal@gmail.com

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Call for Papers: Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance 

Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance
Deadline: September 15, 2012


The past decade has witnessed an explosion of scholarship covering the broad area of surveillance studies. Surveillance, or the ability to engage in what David Lyon (2003) calls ‘social sorting’, is understood by social scientists to be key to neoliberal governance, in large part because of its capacity to reconfigure both public space and forms of citizenship. And yet, to date, very little scholarly work systematically considers the gendered dimensions of, and experiences with, surveillance. The little research that does exist indicates the need for more in-depth study. This edited collection seeks to engage with contemporary studies on surveillance by expanding the gaze to include a critical analysis of gender and public space.

The aim of the collection is to capture a wide range of gendered experiences, identities, and subjectivities, including, but not limited to, those of ‘women’. By public space we are referring to those places to which the public has reasonable expectations of access. This space might be privately owned, public space, or a hybrid; it may be physical (e.g. shopping malls, city streets) or virtual (e.g. public on-line profiles and social media platforms). Surveillance itself may be technological (e.g. CCTV) or informal (e.g. ‘eyes on the street’). The key uniting theme of ‘Expanding the Gaze: Gender, Public Space, and Surveillance’ is the ways that the dimensions of gender, public space, and surveillance interact to produce particular configurations that have yet to be fully explored.

This call for papers seeks innovative feminist and/or intersectional scholarship for an interdisciplinary edited collection of original works. We welcome submissions from a variety of perspectives and academic disciplines, including: communication studies, criminology, geography, law, sexuality studies, socio-legal studies, sociology, and/or women’s and gender studies. Papers may be theoretical or empirical in nature.

Topics may include (but are not limited to)

- Surveillance, bodies, and forms of citizenship
- Sexuality/ies and surveillance
- Masculinity/ies and surveillance
- Gendered resistance to surveillance
- Gender and urban CCTV
- Surveillance and the intersectionality of gender, race, and class
- Queer and trans perspectives on, and experiences with, surveillance technologies
- Media/cinematic representations of surveillance
- Relationships between the watchers and being watched

Abstract submission:

Interested contributors should send a 300-500 word abstract and 200 word
bio to genderedlens@gmail.com no later than September 15, 2012.

Those invited to contribute to the collection will be notified in October
2012 and full papers will be due in April 2013.

Please direct questions to collection editor:

Emily van der Meulen,
evandermeulen@ryerson.ca
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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Call For Papers Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China 

Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China

Journal of Business Ethics Special Issue Conference

6-7 April 2013, Beijing, China

Conference Link: http://www.chinadrcenter.org

GUEST EDITORS:
- Douglas Cumming, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
- Wenxuan Hou, Durham Business School, Durham University, UK
- Edward Lee, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

ORGANISING COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
- Jiandong Chen, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Xiao Ma, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China
- Huiyao Wang, Center for China and Globalization and Harvard University

SCOPE OF SPECIAL ISSUE: China is an increasingly influential emerging country. Its impressive economic growth has elevated hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and has therefore been hailed as one of the greatest achievements of modern history. The rise of China's economy has been contributed by the private sectors where entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role. However, Chinese entrepreneurship was only enabled after institutional reforms began in the late 1970s. Since then, institutional reforms continued to facilitate and expand entrepreneurship in China by improving the business environment. As Chinese entrepreneurs become increasingly competitive, they will also become more dependent on external financial resources to fund their businesses. This increasing reliance on external capital will in turn enhance the demand for business ethics and corporate governance, since accountability and stewardship promotes confidence among outside investors. Thus, there is an interrelationship between entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, and institutional reform is crucial to China's past, current and future economic development. The success of China's economy so far warrants studies of these issues to acquire insights and inform the development of other emerging countries. This call of paper invites empirical studies on these issues that are specific to the Chinese setting and could provide useful policy implications.

TOPICS: Specific topics and research questions can include, but are not limited to:
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms facilitates ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- What kind of regulations or institutional reforms encourages venture capital, private equity, and capital market investment in ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
- Do business ethics and corporate governance mechanisms improve capital acquisition and reduce cost of capital for entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs perform better and what type of corporate financing approach or corporate governance mechanism improves their performance?
- What are the appropriate performance metrics for sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs?
- Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship lead to more successful IPO and better post-IPO performance?
- What factors exacerbate the frequency of fraud in private and publicly traded companies?
- What regulatory or governance tools mitigate the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- Do political connections deter fraud and facilitate corporate transparency and corporate social responsibility?
- How do central and local governments encourage ethical investment in private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in mitigating the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
- What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in stimulating new firm creation, particularly those in socially responsible industries?
- How does ethical investment and fraud compare in China with other emerging economics, and what factors (legal, institutional, institutional, or cultural) affect these differences?

NOTE: Studies exploring Chinese listed firms and studies investigating other BRICS emerging economies, e.g. Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa, will be also considered.

To aid in the development of papers, a two-day conference will be held in Beijing, China on 6-7 April 2013. Acceptance to the conference does not guarantee acceptance into the special issue. Likewise, papers may be considered for the special issue that are not presented at the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: In your submissions, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for the special issue of Journal Business Ethics (JBE). By submitting a paper, authors are certifying (a) that the submission is original, unpublished work, (b) that in whole or material part it is not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere. Papers will be externally double-blind reviewed according to standard journal policy, following which authors will be invited to present their papers at a special issue conference. Interested authors should submit their papers in two PDF files: one with the name, affiliation, and contact information of the authors and one anonymous copy for blind review. Please follow JBE guideline: (http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10551) for manuscript presentation and put "JBE 2013 China Special Issue Conference" as the subject heading of the submission email.

Papers are to be submitted to: Douglas Cumming, dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca

KEY DATES:
Submission Deadline: 1 November 2012
Authors will be notified by: 20 December 2012
Special Issue Conference: 67 April 2013 (Saturday and Sunday)
Revise and resubmit process begins: 30 June 2013
Notification of acceptance to Special Issue: December 2013

ABOUT JBE: The Journal of Business Ethics publishes original articles from a wide variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives concerning ethical issues related to business that bring something new or unique to the discourse in their field. All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two anonymous referees. JBE is one of the top 45 journals used by the Financial Times in compiling the prestigious Business School research rank and is included in the Social Science Citation Index.

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