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"Regulating Moral Hazard in Financial Markets" - Launch Conference for the Journal of Financial Regulation 

July 11-12, 2014, Paris

The threat of moral hazard has played an influential role in shaping post-crisis policy debates about the optimal role and limits of financial regulation as a means of constraining socially excessive risk-taking. Simultaneously, however, our understanding of moral hazard - its potential sources, its impact on financial markets and institutions, and the most appropriate regulatory responses - is far from complete. Where does moral hazard reside within the financial system? How does it influence the decisions of market participants, financial regulators, and elected policymakers? How can we identify and measure its impact? What role does financial regulation play in generating it? And, most importantly, what role can regulation play in preventing - or at the very least minimizing - its pernicious effects?

TOPICS: "Regulating Moral Hazard" will seek to enhance our understanding of these and other important questions. More specifically, the conference will seek to explore topics including, but not limited to:
- The sources of moral hazard within the financial system. The 'sources' of moral hazard in this context can be understood as referring to both the location of socially excessive risk-taking (e.g. systemically important financial institutions, the shadow banking system, etc.) as well as its underlying causes (e.g. implicit and explicit state guarantees, the provision of liquidity by central banks, the interdependent relationship between sovereigns and domestic financial services sectors, etc.);
- The relationship between the increasingly integrated structure of the global financial system, the largely fragmented regulatory system which governs it, and the ability of both public and private sector actors to externalize their socially excessive risk-taking;
- Regulatory responses on a global or regional level to constrain the moral hazard of sovereigns - including, for example, the evolving role of the European Central Bank and new Single Supervisory Mechanism/Resolution Mechanisms and their impact on moral hazard in the Eurozone;
- The emerging role of the U.S. Federal Reserve as de facto global lender of last resort and its impact on moral hazard at the global level;
- The role and limits of both conventional regulatory tools (e.g. risk-based supervision and capital requirements) and recent regulatory reforms (e.g. liquidity requirements, bail-in and structural regulation) in constraining moral hazard within financial institutions; and
- The role of constitutional and administrative law, as well as other forms of public sector governance, in generating or constraining moral hazard.

The conference organizers invite papers from scholars, policymakers and practitioners on each of these topics. The organizers encourage the submission of papers which examine these topics from an interdisciplinary, international and/or comparative perspective.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: All papers should be submitted via email to Genevieve Helleringer at genevieve.helleringer@law.ox.ac.uk. The subject line of the email should state "JFR Inaugural Conference Submission". Authors who wish to have their conference submission considered for the inaugural issue of the JFR should also submit their paper via the ScholarOne link available on the journal's website: jfr.oxfordjournals.org

The deadline for submission of papers for the conference is February 1st, 2014. Authors will be notified regarding whether their paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference by April 1st, 2014.

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Call for Papers: Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law 


3rd Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL)

São Paulo (Brazil), 24 - 25 April 2014

Organised by PEPA/SIEL in cooperation with DIREITO GV – São Paulo Law School

This conference offers postgraduate students (students enrolled in Masters or PhD programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) studying or working in the field of IEL an opportunity to present and discuss their research. It also provides a critical platform where participants can test their ideas about broader issues relating to IEL. One or more senior practitioners or academics will comment on each paper after its presentation, followed by a general discussion.

We invite submissions on any IEL topic including, but not limited to:


• trade, investment and monetary/financial policies;
•the interaction of international trade law, investment law and competition law with other branches of law governing intellectual property, human rights, environment and sustainable development;
•bilateral and regional economic integration and the multilateral trading system;
•comparative economic law, focussing on how international economic law interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level;
•law and practice in international economic governance and international organizations; and,
•philosophy, sociology, politics and economics of international economic law.


How and when to submit

Submissions should include a CV and a research abstract (no more than 400 words) and be sent no later than 12 January 2014 to pepa2014conference@gmail.com. Papers will be selected based on a double blind review conducted by a senior practitioner or academic and a conference organiser. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 January 2014, after which they are expected to submit a conference paper (no more than 4000 words) by 31 March 2014. Papers will be made available online via the SIEL website (www.sielnet.org).

General practical information about participating and attending the Conference

The deadline for registration is 17 February 2014. Registration has to be done online at the SIEL website (the registration page will be available shortly). Registration costs 45 GBP for non-SIEL Members, and 35 GBP for SIEL Members. SIEL Membership details may be found at the SIEL website (student membership is 5 GBP). The Registration fee covers conference materials and coffee breaks on both days.

Cancellations of participation must be made in writing to pepa2014conference@gmail.com. The deadline for cancellation is 6 April 2014. The registration fee minus an administrative fee of 10 GBP and any incurring bank fees will be refunded if the cancellation is done before or on the given date. Later cancellations will not be refunded.

A limited number of conference fee waivers is available for applicants facing financial hardship. Applicants for a conference fee waiver are kindly invited to add a short letter of no more than 3 paragraphs to their conference application, stating the reason for their waiver request. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 January 2014.

Subject to space availability, registration of participants not presenting a paper will be accepted. The regular fee will be applied. Please contact pepa2014conference@gmail.com.

If you should have any (further) questions regarding participation, please feel free to contact pepa2014conference@gmail.com.

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Call For Abstracts 2014 Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making 

May 18-20, 2014, St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, Colorado

Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2013

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To submit an extended abstract (1 page single spaced), please visit the conference website and click on the Submit Paper Abstract: (http://leeds.colorado.edu/event/bouldersummerconference#submitpaperabstract) link.

CONFERENCE OVERVIEW: The Boulder Summer Conference in Consumer Financial Decision Making, now in its 5th year, is the world's foremost conference for discussion of interdisciplinary research on consumer financial decision-making for scholars in economics, psychology, sociology, behavioral finance, consumer research, decision sciences, behavioral economics, and law. Consumer welfare is strongly affected by household financial decisions large and small: choosing mortgages; saving to fund college education or retirement; using credit cards to fund current consumption; choosing how to "decumulate" savings in retirement; deciding how to pay for health care and insurance; and investing in the stock market, managing debt in the face of financial distress. This conference brings together outstanding scholars from around the world in a unique interdisciplinary conversation with regulators, business people in financial services, and consumer advocates working on problems of consumer financial decision-making.

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Lewis & Clark Natural Resources & Administrative Law Junior Scholars Workshop - Call for Papers  

Lewis & Clark Law School invites submissions for its inaugural Junior Scholar Workshop to be held at Lewis & Clark Law School on Saturday, April 12, 2014. At the workshop, four junior scholars will present their works-in-progress before eight senior scholars. Each junior scholar will receive written feedback from at least two senior scholars. In addition, each junior scholar will have one hour to present and discuss her or his paper with the senior commentators and other workshop participants.

About the Workshop

The workshop aims to promote dialogue between law faculty interested in natural resources and administrative law topics. It also aims to provide junior faculty the opportunity to present their works-in-progress to experts who can offer constructive and thoughtful feedback in a collaborative environment.

The senior scholars who will participate in this workshop have a wealth of expertise in natural resources and administrative law. They are: Peter Appel (Georgia), Eric Biber (Berkeley), Michael Blumm (Lewis & Clark), Robert Glicksman (George Washington), John Nagle (Notre Dame), Mark Squillace (Colorado), Janice Weis (Lewis & Clark), and Sandra Zellmer (Nebraska).

Scholars are invited to submit papers related to natural resources and administrative law. Topics may focus on wildlife law, public lands law and use, protected areas, water law, and other associated topics, as well as administrative law.

Lewis & Clark Law School will pay hotel expenses for two nights. Junior scholars are also invited to attend Lewis & Clark’s symposium, The Wilderness Act at 50, which will take place on April 11, 2014, the day before the junior scholar workshop.

Paper Submission

For the purposes of this workshop, “junior scholars” include law professors with no more than 7 years’ teaching experience. Junior scholars who wish to participate in the workshop should submit papers that are 30-50 pages in length (double-spaced text using 12-point font, with single-spaced footnotes using 10-point font) and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Scholars may submit papers that have been accepted for publication so long as the scholars can still revise the papers in response to workshop feedback.

Submissions are due by February 10, 2014. Please email all submissions and direct any questions to Melissa Powers, powers@lclark.edu. Submissions should include your name, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and email addresses.

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Call for Papers: Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals at New Hampshire 

IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review is excited to announce its symposium on Legal and Policy Issues in Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals, to be held February 19-20, 2014 at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The keynote speaker for the event will be Ronald Noble, Secretary General of INTERPOL, who will discuss his organization’s efforts to stem the tide of illegal drugs.

IDEA is currently looking for prospective participants to submit papers addressing the global problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Presentations on all aspects of this issue are welcome at the symposium, and selected papers will be published in IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review.

Abstracts are due January 6, 2014. We will notify participants of acceptance by January 27, 2014, and ask that the completed papers be submitted by April 7, 2014.

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Call for Papers: British & Irish Legal Education & Technology Association Annual conference 

BILETA 29th Annual Conference
Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th April 2014
University of East Anglia

The theme of this year's international conference is: Legal regulation & Education: Doing the right thing? Delegates are invited to submit papers relating to law, technology and legal education that examine whether existing laws target the ‘right things' and provide adequate protection for rights. If not, what is the right thing to do? Are educationalists doing the right thing in developing moocs, spocs, virtual learning environments etc.?

Relevant topics include: Cybercrime & Cyberwarfare, Darknet, Data protection, Domain names, e-Democracy, e-Commerce, e-Government, e-Health, e-Learning and Legal Education, e-money, Human Rights, Intellectual Property, Intermediary Regulation, Net Neutrality, Pornography, Professional Legal Practice and Surveillance.

Abstract Submission: An abstract (not exceeding 700words), which includes: Title, Theoretical/Empirical Framework and Argument should be submitted via Easy Chair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bileta2014

Deadlines:

a. 14th January 2014: Submission of abstracts (subject to double blind review).

b. 7th February 2014: Notification of acceptances.

c. 14th March 2014: Full Papers (between 7,000 and 10,000 words, excluding footnotes).

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Call for Papers: Foundations and Futures of International Law  

2014 ILA British Branch Spring Conference
23 - 24 May 2014 - King's College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
Foundations and Futures of International Law

The time is ripe both to revisit the foundations of international law and to imagine its possible futures. Once the preserve of a small community of specialised academics and practitioners, international law increasingly plays an important role in cases decided by national courts; it is at the centre of renewed interest by political and legal theorists; and in many countries (Britain among them) it even shapes public argument on foreign policy, national security and the resort to armed force. Amidst these developments one finds different methodological approaches seeking to explain the role of international law, as well as different instrumental camps using international law to advocate particular priorities.

The organisers of this year’s Spring Conference of the British Branch of the ILA are particularly interested in contributions that shed new light on the following foundational questions: the relationship between international, regional and domestic legal orders; the identification and development of customary international law; and the regulation of armed conflict. Re-examining foundations in the light of new information and modes of thinking leads naturally to the imagination of possible futures. In this respect we are also seeking papers that explore the relevance of new theoretical paradigms (for example, the idea of transnational law) or analyse issues of concern to present and future generations, such as combatting climate change, preventing human trafficking, managing financial risk, encouraging businesses to respect human rights and promoting socially responsible investment.

This conference will combine pace-setting panels with keynote speeches that will present a striking vision of lawmaking in the future. The organisers also welcome the submission of unsolicited proposals. These should be one page long and sent to ilaconf@kcl.ac.uk by 30 January 2014.

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Call for Papers: Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America 

The Journal of Gender, Social Policy, and the Law of American University Washington College of Law invites symposium papers from practitioners and scholars that address the degree to which law, regulation and social policy can slow or reverse the trend toward accelerating inequality. Of particular interest are papers addressing how the massive push toward deregulation, privatization and public disinvestment play a role in the social changes that appear to be underway. Also crucial to this discussion are papers that address how traditional social welfare policy, such as SNAP, WIC, TANF, health care, child care, elder care, retirement, and housing policy, must transform to meet the shifting challenges faced by low- and middle-income communities. What are the limits of the traditional anti-discrimination paradigm in addressing the race and gender disparities that are widening in this environment? What are the underdeveloped areas of governance and regulation that could stem this tide?

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• The policy dimensions of growing inequality, including tax and transfer policies and disinvestment in social welfare programs and education; and the role of state and local fiscal crises in growing burdens on families.

• The legal structures that underlie the continuing deregulation and privatization of government goods and services, such as education, prisons, health care, and the effects of these trends.

• The disparate impact of these growing trends, including wage stagnation, unemployment and underemployment, on women, immigrants and people of color.

Please direct all questions and final submissions to Symposium Editor, Erin Neff, at en7482a@student.american.edu.

Abstracts due: January 10, 2014
Conference April 2, 2014



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Call For Papers: Miscarriages of Justice in Criminal Law (Georgia) 

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law Journal is issuing a call for papers to be published in its forthcoming Spring Symposium, “Miscarriages of Justice” in Criminal Law, held at the State Bar of Georgia building in March. The Symposium will focus on legal, ethical, and practical issues facing the Criminal Justice system in Georgia. Abstracts are due by Dec. 10, 2013. -

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Call for Papers: The Syrian Crisis and International Law  

Introduction

The College of Law, Qatar University and the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association are co-­‐organizing an international conference focusing on ‘The Syrian Crisis and International Law’. The conference is scheduled to take place on the 25th and 26th of February 2014, in Doha (Qatar). Invited speakers will include academics, diplomats, activists and legal practitioners who will discuss different aspects of International Law applicable to the Syrian crisis. The conference aims to not only revisit the tragic events that have occurred but also, most importantly, to think ahead in the quest for peace and justice. The overall objective is to exchange ideas and suggestions on the future of the rule of law in Syria.

Background

The crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic started in March 2011 with small-­‐ scale protests confined to a few cities. The protests were violently suppressed by the Government, leading to nationwide demonstrations and subsequently to a non-­‐international armed conflict. Furthermore recent developments raise the question of whether the conflict should be characterized as an international armed conflict instead. Owing to the failure to respond to the emerging crisis in a timely fashion, the conflict deepened and widened and new States and non-­‐State actors became involved.

Syria remains a battlefield where tens of thousands of lives have been lost, millions of Syrians have been internally displaced and thousands others found refuge in neighboring countries. There is strong evidence of gross violations of human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Syria is another devastating example of international law as a crisis discipline: a field of study in which international lawyers tend to focus on ongoing crises for the development of international law.

Panel Sessions

The Conference will have four Panel Sessions in order to offer a holistic approach. The four Panels will thematically address Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, International Criminal Law and, lastly, the Syrian crisis in the International World Order. Interested participants are kindly requested to submit papers falling within the following general questions/issues.

A. Public International Law Panel

The inability of the UN Security Council to effectively address the Syrian crisis challenges once more the tenets of the contemporary system of collective security. Is the collective security system, as it stands, responsive to the needs of the international community? Do the humanitarian intervention or the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) constitute lawful and/or legitimate alternatives? Moreover, what is the applicability of the rules on the use of force and what are the State responsibility challenges in light of the role of the various States and non-­‐State actors involved in the Syrian context (government forces, pro-­‐ government forces, anti-­‐government armed groups)?

B. International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law Panel

The Syrian crisis furnishes strong evidence of gross and massive violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Still, international lawyers bear the responsibility to map and highlight the respective violations. Second, we should be in position to envisage how international humanitarian law and international human rights law may provide relief and serve justice to the victims. Do the victims of human rights abuses in Syria have viable options on the national and international level? How will the Syrian people exercise their right to truth and reparation in the future? How should the international community address the internal displacement of millions of Syrians and the thousands of refugees in the neighboring States? What are the relevant international obligations of the neighboring States? Finally, is there a shared responsibility on the international community to minimize the risks of a serious threat to regional and international peace and security?

C. International Criminal Law Panel

The Commission of Inquiry on Syria stated that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Government and affiliated militia as well as anti-­‐ Government armed groups committed core international crimes, violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. In this respect what is the best way forward in order to ensure individual accountability and serve peace? What could be the role of the International Criminal Court? What other alternatives should we explore regarding criminal liability? Are there any best practices that could be followed as far as the national justice system and the establishment of a hybrid or international ad hoc tribunal are concerned? Further, are there any specific challenges arising in the context of the substantive international criminal law? For example, what is the current legal framework on the use of chemical weapons as a core international crime?

D. The Syrian Crisis and International World Order Panel

The Syrian crisis has not only posed a serious challenge to the interpretation and application of international laws, especially in the apparent discrepancies between enforcing international treaties and upholding the UN Charter, but it has also generated a critical debate on the shifting of sovereignty within the international world order expressed in the perceived decline of U.S. global supremacy and hegemony. While the Syrian crisis does not constitute the primary reason for this presumed shift, it has become the stage on which the rivalry for new global and regional balance of power has unfolded. In this regard, the fundamental question then becomes: Is there a real shift in the global order of power, and if so, how does this shift affect and impact the internal dynamics of the Syrian crisis? Moreover, what is the role of sectarian and ethno-­‐geopolitics in fueling and sustaining the crisis? Finally, what are the implications of the potential change in the international order on the question of international law in the context of Syria?

Submission details

Interested participants should submit an abstract (800 words maximum) summarizing their argument and ideas that they intend to develop in their presentation. Abstracts should be sent to Dr Yaser Khalaileh (khalaileh@qu.edu.qa) or to Dr Adamantia Rachovitsa (rachovitsa@qu.edu.qa) by the 30th of December 2013.

Please note that the invited speakers should submit their paper (or at least a work-­‐in-­‐progress version of their paper) until the 1st of February 2013. Papers will be circulated beforehand to all participants to the Conference in an effort to engage in a productive discussion of pressing international law issues.

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