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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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CALL FOR PAPERS The 3rd Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conference on Transitional Justice 


TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL SOCIETY
LEARNING FROM INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Jerusalem, 25-26 May 2014

Introduction
The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law is organizing an international conference that seeks to explore
the role of civil society in developing and implementing transitional justice processes, particularly in the context of ongoing conflicts. The conference, the third in the series of Annual Minerva Jerusalem Conferences on Transitional Justice, is scheduled for 25-26 May 2014, in Jerusalem.

Recipients of this call for papers are invited to submit proposals to present a paper at the conference. Authors of selected proposals will be offered full or partial flight and accommodation expenses.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2013

Background
Civil society has a vital, though often under-acknowledged, role in developing transitional justice mechanisms, institutions and concepts. Over the past three decades civil society organizations
have set the agenda for transitional justice policies, promoted, supported and developed mechanisms and interventions, acted as advocates and critics of local and international institutions, and helped in developing the theoretical, legal and conceptual framework of transitional justice. From local grassroots organizations like the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to international networks like the Coalition for the ICC, civil society organizations have been central in struggles for justice, truth and accountability across various contexts, while other
civil society groups have been key actors in efforts of reconciliation, inter-community dialogue and conflict-transformation.

Indeed it is impossible to envisage the contemporary landscape of transitional justice without the role of civil society actors. At the same time there has not been sufficient academic reflection
on the contribution of civil society to transitional justice, and dialogues between academia and civil society are not common enough.
The Transitional Justice Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Minerva Center for Human Rights and Faculty of Law will hold a 2-day international conference on 25-26 May 2014
to explore comparative and theoretical lessons and insights drawn from the experience of civil society actors. The conference will discuss the various goals and methods of civil society actors
struggling for transitional justice; their interactions with formal transitional justice mechanisms; their impact, successes and failures; and the practical and ideological dilemmas and challenges
they face.

One of the conference’s main goals is to facilitate local learning and discussion in relation to civil society and transitional justice in the Israeli-Palestinian context. The conference therefore seeks to examine in particular the roles that civil society has fulfilled and can fulfill in ongoing conflicts,
and possible implementations in the Israeli-Palestinian context of theoretical, historical, and comparative insights about the role of civil society in developing transitional justice mechanisms,
institutions and concepts.

Conference topics may include:
• unofficial civil society truth commissions and documentation projects
• the role of civil society in promoting inter-community dialogues and reconciliation
• civil society as litigation actors
• civil society and the work of international criminal tribunals
• civil society and the design, implementation and follow-up of official TJ mechanisms
• the impact of civil society and peace negotiations
• civil society and education reform
• civil society and reparations
• civil society, commemoration and memorialisation
• civil society in ongoing conflicts
• evaluation of existing initiatives in the Israeli-Palestinian context

Submission of Proposals
Researchers interested in addressing questions related to these or related topics are invited to respond to this call for papers with a one- or two-page proposal for an article and presentation,
along with a one-page CV. Proposals should be submitted to the Minerva Center for Human Rights via e-mail: mchr@savion.huji.ac.il no later than 31 December 2013 Applicants should receive notification of the committee's decision by the end of January 2014.
Short drafts of 7,000-10,000 words based on the selected proposals will be expected by 1 May 2014.

The Israel Law Review (a Cambridge University Press publication) has expressed interest in publishing selected full-length papers based on conference presentations, subject to its standard
review and editing procedures.

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CALL FOR SYMPOSIUM PAPERS: Poverty in the New Gilded Age: Inequality in America 

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


With over 46 million people living in poverty, the effects of the great recession will be felt for many years to come. Forty-five percent of children are growing up in families that struggle to meet basic expenses. The middle class is increasingly finding itself on the losing side of the growing class divide. Equality of opportunity seems more difficult than ever to achieve, with wage stagnation, loss of wealth during the recent recession, and persistent unemployment in some communities retarding the class mobility that for so many decades has been the hallmark of American life.

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.

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Call for Papers: Authority and Control in International Organizations  

"On April 10-15, 2014, the European Consortium for Political Research will hold its annual Joint Sessions of Workshops at the Universidad de Salamanca. One of the workshops will be on "Authority and Control in International Organisations." The workshop outline is here. Proposals are due by December 1, 2013, and can be submitted here."

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Launch Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Regulating Moral Hazard  

Inaugural Conference of the Journal of Financial Regulation
Paris, France | July 11-12, 2014

Overview

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?

Regulating Moral Hazard, the inaugural conference of the Journal of Financial Regulation published by Oxford University Press, 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.

Submission Process

All papers should be submitted via email to Geneviève 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 Journal of Financial Regulation should also submit their paper via the ScholarOne link available on the journal’s website: www.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.

The Journal of Financial Regulation is a peer-reviewed journal. Papers selected for presentation at the conference are not guaranteed to be accepted for publication in the journal. Accepted papers will, however, be subject to a fast-track peer review process.

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Call for Papers: Law, Justice, and the Security Gap 

ondon, 21 June 2014

London School of Economics & Political Science



The world is in the midst of a profound change in the way that security is conceptualized and practiced. Up until 1989, security was largely viewed either as ‘internal security’ or as ‘national’ or ‘bloc’ security and the main instruments of security were considered to be the police, the intelligence services and the military. This traditional view of security fits uneasily with the far-reaching changes in social and political organisation that characterize the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

What we call the ‘security gap’ refers to the gap between our national and international security capabilities, largely based on conventional military forces, and the reality of the everyday experience of insecurity in different parts of the world. To some extent, public security capabilities are beginning to adapt to the changing nature of insecurity – with new doctrines or new military-civilian capabilities. But it is also the case that the gap is being filled by private agents – warlords, militias, private security companies, NGOs, for example – and, even though some new forms of hybrid security provision may improve people’s lives at least temporarily, this new market in security may have dangerous implications.

This conference will examine the relationship of law, justice, and in/security at the current juncture by focusing on two broad themes: a) Is the international legal regime adapting to address the ‘security gap’ and how effectively? b) What is the role of novel legal instruments, such as international justice and transitional justice, in relation to the ‘security gap’?

Security related law is undergoing fundamental changes with the growing importance of human rights law, international criminal law and transitional justice. These changes reflect the continuing adaptation and reformulation of legal rules and instruments, as well as the development of new ones. One example is the extension of responsibility for protection and prevention from states to individuals in cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The rules concerning state responsibility are also changing, such as the duty of the state to protect its population and the basis for other actors to fulfil this duty when it fails to do so.

Nevertheless, the current legal regime represents a mismatch of new families of law that extend internal notions of the rule of law, based on individual rights, beyond the nation-state, and classical international law that applies to states, such as international humanitarian law, as well as domestic law. The tensions, gaps and contradictions inherent in this regime raise a number of unsettled questions, for example what body of law should apply in situations like those associated with ‘new wars’ or the ‘war on terror’. The security implications of novel legal instruments, such as international criminal courts and various mechanisms of transitional justice, are also largely unclear, especially from the perspective of the security of individuals and communities rather than states.

‘Law, Justice, and the Security Gap’ is conceived as a forum for reassessing security related law and legal instruments and examining their relationship to contemporary forms of insecurity. The conference seeks to foster a multi-disciplinary discussion that draws on a wide range of approaches and intellectual resources in law and the social sciences and to engage both scholars and practitioners. Advanced PhD students and early-career researchers are also encouraged to apply. We invite theoretical and conceptual contributions as well as empirically focused case-studies.

The conference is convened in the framework of the research programme Security in Transition: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into the Security Gap, funded by the European Research Council at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics & Political Science. Partial contribution to the costs of attendance may be available for accepted participants, depending on needs and resources.

Submission

Please send a paper abstract of 300-500 words and a CV to Pippa Bore p.j.bore@lse.ac.uk by 6 January 2014. For more information see www.securityintransition.org.

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Call For Papers Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth Fifth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation 

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Friday, June 6, 2014, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Fifth Annual Conference on Internet Search and Innovation. 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 5, 2014 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday, June 6, 2014. There will be a dinner reception and keynote address on Thursday night.

OVERVIEW: The conference is organized by Professor Daniel F. Spulber, Research Director, Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth and Elinor Hobbs Distinguished Professor of International Business, Professor of Management Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, and Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law (Courtesy).

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 Internet search and innovation. The conference will cover academic work on Internet search and innovation, and the discussion will examine related public policy issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property.

TOPICS: Topics include:
- Internet search and antitrust
- Privacy issues in Internet search and marketing
- Competition and barriers to entry in two-sided markets
- Business method inventions and patents for Internet inventions
- The Internet, innovation, and intellectual property
- Market design, platforms, and e-commerce
- R&D and innovation in high-tech
- Open standards and entrepreneurship
- Data portability
- Cloud computing
- Joint work in economics and computer science on search algorithms and other topics related to Internet search

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu

ATTENDANCE: Attendance for this conference is by invitation only. Potential attendees should indicate their interest in receiving an invitation by sending a message to Derek Gundersen at d-gundersen@law.northwestern.edu

HONORARIUM: Authors will receive an honorarium of $1,500 per paper. The honorarium is intended to cover reasonable transportation expenses. Government employees and non-US residents may be reimbursed for travel expenses up to the honorarium amount. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference. If more than one author attends the conference, the honorarium or travel reimbursement will be divided equally between the attending authors.

The Searle Center will make hotel reservations and pay for rooms for authors and discussants for the nights of Wednesday, June 4, 2014 and Thursday, June 5, 2014.

REVIEW PROCEDURE AND TIMELINE:
Conference Papers Submission Deadline: Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address: editjems@kellogg.northwestern.edu by February 3, 2014.
Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by March 3, 2014.
Potential attendees should send a message indicating their interest to Derek Gundersen at d-gundersen@law.northwestern.edu by June 2, 2014.

JOURNAL OF ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT STRATEGY: The conference is organized in cooperation with the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy (JEMS), which is edited by Daniel F. Spulber. JEMS encourages submissions on Internet search and innovation. Submissions are independent of the conference. Authors presenting papers at the conference need not submit to JEMS and are welcome to publish their work in other venues (with appropriate acknowledgement of the Searle Center). To submit to the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, access ScholarOne at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jems

Papers prepared for the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter

ABOUT THE SEARLE CENTER: The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Information on the Searle Center's activities may be found at: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/searlecenter

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