Call for Papers:The Class Action After A Decade of Roberts Court Decisions 

The Akron Law Review invites academic papers on the reasoning, dimensions, and possible impacts of one or more of the class action or other multi-party action cases decided by the “Roberts Court” (2005-present) We welcome papers of any length and request submission before September 14, 2014. Publication will occur in spring of 2015.

As the Supreme Court of the United States recognized:

The policy at the very core of the class action mechanism is to overcome the problem that small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual to bring a solo action prosecuting his or her rights. A class action solves this problem by aggregating the relatively paltry potential recoveries into something worth someone’s (usually an attorney’s) labor.

Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 117 S.Ct. 2231, 2246 (1997) (quoting Mace v. Van Ru Credit Corp., 109 F.3d 338, 344 (7th Cir. 1997)). Earlier in 2014, the Court refused to intervene in a class action brought by consumers in “the case of the moldy washing machines” against three large corporations. Sears, Roebuck & Co. v. Butler, 13-430, Whirlpool v. Glazer, 13-431, and BSM Home Appliances v. Cobb, 13-138. Although a victory for consumers, the decision is arguably an anomaly amidst recent pro-business cases restricting plaintiffs’ class certification. See e.g., Comcast v. Berend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013); AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011); Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011). Multi-party litigation may well be changing, and the Akron Law Review seeks your contribution to the conversation.

Your contribution to this conversation will be both timely and visible. The Washington and Lee Law Review Rankings ranked the Akron Law Review as a top 55 general, student-edited journal (in combined score based on impact factor and citation). Additionally, Ohio Supreme Court Justices cited the Akron Law Review more times in the past decade than any other journal. See Jared Klaus, Law Reviews: An Undervalued Resource, 26 Ohio Lawyer, May/June 2012, at 28.

You may submit manuscripts by email or regular mail. To submit by email, please forward a copy of your article in Word format to You may submit a hardcopy to: Justin M. Burns, Editor-in-Chief, Akron Law Review, The University of Akron School of Law, 150 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio 44325. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Justin Burns at

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Call for Papers: Automated Decision-Making 

Automated Decision-Making
AALS Section on Internet & Computer Law and Section on Defamation & Privacy
Joint Panel for AALS 2015 Annual Meeting

Proliferating sensors, affordable data storage, indiscriminate personal data collection, and increasingly robust predictive algorithms individually raise issues related to privacy, security, and due process. Combined, however, these technological advancements have created a nearly insatiable appetite for data in order to improve organizational decision-making. The domains across which this voracity reaches include consumer lending, insurance, advertising, legal compliance, national security, and employment. Moreover, due to the massive scale of databases and the wide range of decisions perceived to be amenable to data-driven analysis, decisions affecting individuals are increasingly automated.

Automated decision-making promises accuracy and efficiency. Organizations believe they can use it to avoid errors of human perception and subjective judgment. Manpower resources can be diverted elsewhere when decisions become automated. Yet automated decision-making is also rife with peril. Humans irrationally trust decisions made by computers, even though bias is easily hard-wired into computer systems. The use of personal data to make extremely nuanced and particularized decisions raises a number of privacy concerns. Incorrect inputs risk correspondingly erroneous outputs. Automated decision-making could also have a disparate impact on vulnerable populations that are susceptible to certain kinds of influence or that find it hard to fight back. Compounding this problem is the almost complete lack of meaningful transparency for those subjected to automated decisions. Individuals are left to guess whether any given organizational response might have been at least partially the result of automated decision-making.

Policy makers are struggling to respond to the legal, ethical, and normative challenges posed by automated decision-making. This panel will explore those challenges and will attempt to identify similarities and differences among the varied domains in which automated decision-making operates.

Annemarie Bridy, Chair, Internet & Computer Law (
Woody Hartzog, Chair, Defamation & Privacy (

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Call for Papers The 1965 Immigration Act: 50 Years of Race-Neutral (?) Immigration 

The 1965 Immigration Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, was a landmark piece of legislation, removing racial barriers that had been a part of federal immigration law since 1790 when the first Congress passed, and George Washington signed, a law restricting citizenship by naturalization to “free white persons.”

The 1965 Immigration Act is arguably the most successful federal civil rights law since Reconstruction. Before 1965, the immigrant stream was overwhelmingly white, and predominantly from the countries of Northern and Western Europe. Since 1965, a supermajority of immigrants have been people of color from Asia and Central and South America. The states of California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Texas and the District of Columbia are now majority minority, and the United States is expected to become a majority minority nation as a whole by 2043. At the same time, the 1965 Immigration Act was a product of its era. It may have ended formal racial discrimination but it did not eliminate race as a critical and problematic concern in the administration of immigration law. Moreover, it also perpetuated discrimination based on sexual orientation and political opinion. It failed to account for the interests of Mexican migrant workers who had travelled to the United States for generations but were restricted under the new law. It also had the effect of giving Africans few opportunities to come to the United States.

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Immigration and Minority Law sections invite papers to explore the 1965 Immigration Act’s origins; its legal, political, economic, and cultural effects; and its future, including proposals for alternative systems. Two to three papers will be selected from the Call for Papers to be presented at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC. There is no commitment to publish but both Sections will seek publication opportunities with law reviews.

Eligibility: Full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit papers. Pursuant to AALS rules, faculty at fee-paid law schools, foreign faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school), graduate students, fellows, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit. Please note that all faculty members presenting at the program are responsible for paying their own Annual Meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Submission: Papers (rather than abstracts) should be submitted to the program committee no later than August 15, 2014, and the papers to be presented will be selected based on an anonymous review by the section’s program committee by September 15. Please send submissions to In order to facilitate anonymous review, please identify yourself and your institutional affiliation only in the cover letter or email accompanying your manuscript, and not in the manuscript itself.

Inquiries: Questions regarding the program may be directed to Huyen Pham at, or Rose Cuison Villazor at

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Call for Papers: 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution  

Date: 13 June 2014 Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Lancaster University

A conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution will be held on 13th June 2014 at Lancaster University.

21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with shifting balances of international power. This was seen most dramatically in the recent Russian annexation of the Crimea and its connected repudiation of uti possidetis that underpinned statehood in the former Soviet Union. In East Asia tensions remain high in sovereignty disputes over islands and maritime delimitation. Renewed attempts to reach a settlement between Israel and Palestine similarly turn on the crucial issue of borders. In addition to these, a number of other states have been involved in long-running boundary conflicts. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them.

The call for papers is now open and we welcome abstracts for papers of no more than one page from both established researchers and early career academics. Please send your proposals to Dr. James Summers The deadline for abstracts is 20th April 2014.

Contact: James Summers,

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Call for Proposals: Crosscutting Programs at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting 

The Association of American Law Schools is seeking proposals for Crosscutting Programs for the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC from January 2-5, 2015. Crosscutting Programs focus on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession. Crosscutting programs attract a wide audience of law faculty teaching a variety of topics.

Successful proposals include innovative approaches to subjects or topics and presentation formats. The program panel would aim to spark conversations among academics both those working inside traditional legal silos and across legal and non-law disciplines. Proposals should not feature a program or subject that could be offered by any particular AALS Section. Additionally, proposals should not conflict with other program topics being presented at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting. To ensure there is no overlap, the Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will evaluate all proposals in light of AALS Section and AALS Committee programs already planned for the 2015 Annual Meeting.

The length of a Crosscutting program is either 1 hour and 45 minutes or can be held during the last afternoon’s 3-hour time slot. Depending on the presentation format selected, we recommend you have one moderator and up to four slots reserved for speakers, and in addition, allot 20 minutes for question and answers from the audience. You may choose to select one speaker from a call for papers, who will not need to be identified by May 12, 2014. Programs might include a non-law school speaker. We recommend a small panel of three so that all panelists can contribute fully and the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.

Program proposals may be submitted by any faculty member with a full-time appointment at an AALS member school.

A proposal of 700 words would include the following information:

Program title;
Detailed description of what the program is trying to accomplish;
Names of the planners of the program and description on how the program idea was generated;
Names of speakers to be invited including their full names and schools with a link to or copy of their curricula vitae. Please describe the contributions each panelist will make to the discussion.
Presentation format of the program;
Program publishing information, if applicable.

The Committee will consider the following:

Is the program focused on multi-subject and interdisciplinary subjects with new perspectives on legal issues or the profession?
Is the format innovative?
Will the program attract a broad audience?
Is there diversity of presenters and of planners? (Diversity in a broad sense: school, perspectives, race, gender, experience, etc.)
Is there a publication coming out of the program?

The following examples of prior Crosscutting Programs can be found on past annual meeting programs here.

Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Intersection of Environmental Law, Natural Resources Development, Water Law, Energy Law, International Law, and Indigenous Law (2013)
The Business of Tax Patents: At the Crossroads of Patent, Tax and Business Law (2013)
The Law and Science of Trustworthy Elections: Facing the Challenges of Internet Voting and Other E-Voting Technologies (2012)

The Committee on Special Programs for the 2015 Annual Meeting will review and notify authors of the selected proposals by June 2014. Speakers are responsible for paying their conference registration fee and travel expenses; for non-law speakers, registration fees are waived.

The AALS welcomes comments and questions about Crosscutting Programs. Questions should be directed to Jane La Barbera AALS Managing Director at

Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to

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Breaking Bad is generally considered one of the greatest dramatic series in television history. Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad follows Walter White’s progression from a humble high school chemistry teacher to a vicious methamphetamine kingpin, and introduces us to others caught up in Walter’s devolution, including law enforcement agencies and officials, and his colorful lawyer, Saul Goodman. Breaking Bad implicates a number of significant legal and social issues, including the war on drugs, morality and the law, and ethical attorney behavior, among other critical topics.

The editorial board of the New Mexico Law Review (“NMLR”) is soliciting articles for a special issue dedicated to the exploration of legal issues arising from Breaking Bad, and invites scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and other subject matter experts to contribute to this special issue.

Paper proposals may address any legal topic related to the series, though the board is particularly interested in the following list of legal issues raised in the series:

• The Application of the Fourth Amendment to Drug Crimes Under the New Mexico and/or U.S. Constitutions

• Comparative Analysis of Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence Concerning Drug Crimes

• The War on Drugs: International vs. Domestic Drug Enforcement

• Ethical Duties of Lawyers to Clients Involved in Drugs or Sophisticated Crimes

• Sentencing of Drug Offenses

• Comparative Sentencing Analysis: Drug Crimes and White Collar Crime

• Drug Enforcement in Rural, Urban, and/or Tribal Areas

• Law Enforcement Activity in Media (Fiction)

• Treatment vs. Incarceration for Drug Related Crimes

• Substance Abuse and the Law

• Duty to Rescue

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words to by May 22, 2014.
Publication offers will be made based on an editorial board review of the submitted abstracts. Accepted offers will receive a publication contract from NMLR that will require completed articles be submitted by September 30, 2014.

All inquiries should be directed to

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Call for Proposals: Whiteness as Property 

The Critical Race Studies program at the UCLA School of Law will hold its Eighth Symposium on October 2-4, 2014. This symposium will mark twenty years since Professor Cheryl I. Harris investigated the relationships between concepts of race and property and reflected on how rights in property are contingent on, intertwined with, and conflated with race. That investigation culminated in her groundbreaking article, Whiteness as Property (Harvard Law Review, 1993).

In 2014 we will re-visit the origins of Whiteness as Property as a theoretical frame and site of legal intervention and consider its still unfolding potential for unmasking subordination and provoking social change.

We are inviting submission of proposals. We encourage paper and panel proposals on a wide range of topics including, but not exclusively encompassing, the following:
• Whiteness as Property in relation to discourses about “post-racialism”
• Whiteness as Property and LGBT rights and litigation
• Whiteness as Property and the workplace
• Immigration reform and whiteness as property
• Whiteness as property and teaching pedagogy
• Whiteness as property and gender
• Whiteness as property and state surveillance
• Whiteness as property and gender
• Whiteness as property and the war against terrorism
• Whiteness as property and intergenerational wealth
• Whiteness as property and multiracial identity

To repeat: These themes do not exhaust possible panel or paper presentations. They are simply suggestive of topics that might be engaged.

Each proposal must include a cover page with paper titles, presenters, their affiliations, and a current email contact, along with a maximum two-page c.v. of each presenter. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. For panels, submit an overall abstract of no more than 500 words and individual paper descriptions of no more than 250 words each. Please submit materials via email to with the subject line: CRS Symposium Proposal.

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2014. Scholars whose submissions are selected for the symposium will be notified no later than July 31, 2014. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, so we highly encourage early submissions.

Link to call and Facebook Page

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EPIP 2014 – Belgium 

9th Annual Conference of the EPIP Association
Improving Innovation Systems
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
September 4-5, 2014


We kindly request that you share this call with your colleagues.
For registration, detailed programme information and paper submissions please visit the
conference website

The European Commission will host the 9th annual conference of The EPIP (EuropeanPolicy for Intellectual Property) association in Brussels, Sept. 4-5, 2014. Scholars andpractitioners interested in the economic, legal, political and managerial aspects of
intellectual property rights are encouraged to attend the conference with or without scientific paper presentation.

The conference will explore how the IP systems in Europe can further growth and innovation. Plenary sessions will be centred on the major theme of ‘Improving Innovation Systems’. Leading economists, renown legal scholars, industry representatives and policy makers will take the floor as keynote speakers to share their
insights and views on recent developments in the innovation and IP landscape.

The plenary sessions will focus on:
Growth, Innovation and Patents
Challenges to European IP Systems
Venture Capital and IP
Furthermore invited sessions will include sessions on:
Copyright Enforcement
Gender and IP
3D printing and IP
Topics of particular interest include:
Governance of IP systems
Growth, innovation and IP protection
IP and measurement of intangible assets
The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
Patent litigation
IP and competition policy
Trade marks and brands
Trade mark reform in Europe
Copyright in the digital economy
Copyright and incentives for creation
SME business models and IP
Integrated IP strategies
Venture capital and IP
IP and science
Gender and IP

Submission procedure for scientific papers

Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted to the conference website

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The American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy -- 2014 biannual conference on the topic of Immigration and Citizenship 

Immigration and Citizenship
October. 9-12, 2014
Chapman University, Orange California

The American Section of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy invites submissions for its 2014 biannual conference on the topic of Immigration and Citizenship. All submitted papers are included in the conference. Selected papers from the conference will be published by Springer in a peer reviewed volume of essays.

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Call for papers: Tax Justice and Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium 

We invite paper proposals for a Tax Justice and Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium, to be held at the McGill Faculty of Law, Montreal, Quebec, from Wednesday to Friday, 18-20 June, 2014.

The symposium will explore the fundamental connections between taxation and human rights by providing a forum for collaboration among emerging scholars, established academics, civil society organization representatives, tax justice advocacy groups, tax policy makers, and researchers from around the world. The symposium seeks especially to bring developing-world perspectives into the discourse and to foster scholarly work for dissemination both within and beyond the academic setting.

The plurality of experience, in terms of training, background, country of origin, and area of expertise, will ensure that discussions and activities at the conference will have real-world impact. Indeed, there is a need within the tax-policy world for more cross-pollination between academic researchers and on-the-ground decision-makers. The connections and networking that we envision will take place at this conference should allow for meaningful discussions for years to come.

Paper proposals must be between 300-500 words in length and should be accompanied by a short résumé.

Please submit your proposal to the conference convener Professor Allison Christians, at

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2014. Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2014.

An initial 3-5 page sketch of the paper must be submitted by the end of May for circulation among panelists and feedback from the conference committee, but completed papers are not required; rather, we seek a readiness to collaborate and develop new heuristics for thinking about taxation and human rights.

Conference fees for presenters will be covered by the conference organizers; travel and accommodation bursaries may be available to scholars and tax justice advocates from the Global South in connection with support from the Tax Justice Network, Canadians for Tax Fairness, Halifax Initiative, and other partners.

Visit the Symposium's page on the Stikeman Chair in Tax Law website.

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