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Call for Papers: “The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello and Human Rights” 

The European Society of International Law Interest Group on Peace and Security (ESIL IGPS) and the Research Project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES Project) organize a joint symposium to be held in conjunction with the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference in Vienna, Austria, on 3 September 2014.

The symposium, entitled “The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping: Challenges for Jus ad Bellum, Jus in Bello and Human Rights”, is organized against the background of an ongoing evolution in UN peacekeeping operations especially in relation with the increasing number of missions for the protection of civilians, the robust use of force mandate given by the UN Security Council to some peacekeeping missions and the recent creation of “offensive” combat forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Intervention Brigade) and Mali (MINUSMA). The more expansive mandates of peacekeeping forces raise critical questions pertaining to the law applicable to such forces, and the allocation of responsibility in situations where members of peacekeeping forces act in contravention of their international obligations.

The symposium will discuss whether there indeed is a major shift in UN peacekeeping practice and will explore important questions of international law raised by these new practices.

In particular, it will examine the applicability of jus ad bellum, jus in bello and human rights that impact on the UN, troop contributing states, the host state, and non-state armed actors. It also will explore whether the rules of international responsibility are sufficiently developed to assign responsibility to the Security Council and/or member states for actions taken where peacekeepers are engaged in the robust use of force or armed conflict. In this context it will also seek to address issues of shared responsibility that may arise from the interplay among these actors and to consider how the new practices may pose new challenges in determining and apportioning responsibility among states, international organizations and non-state actors.

Please submit a 500 words abstract proposal via email to Prof. Theodore Christakis (Christakis@wanadoo.fr) and Dr. Ilias Plakokefalos (I.Plakokefalos@uva.nl) by 4 May. The proposal should also include the author’s name and affiliation, the author’s brief CV and contact details, and should indicate whether the author is an ESIL member. Please note that submission of abstracts is open to ESIL members and non ESIL members, but the organizers will seek a balanced representation of ESIL members on the program of the event. Please submit all these elements in a single pdf document. Successful applicants will be informed by 15 May.

Please note that unfortunately, the ESIL IGPS and SHARES Project are not in a position to cover expenses for travelling and accommodation, or to waive the ESIL conference fee. Information on the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference is available here.
Please also note that the intention of the ESIL IGPS and SHARES Project is to publish the best papers in a book, special issue of a law journal and/or the ESIL IGPS/SHARES Project webpages. Participants are required to send an extended outline of their paper by 25 August.

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Call for Papers: Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop 

Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop


CALL FOR PAPERS:


The University of Georgia School of Law will host the Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop on October 10-11, 2014. The workshop pairs a senior scholar with a panel of junior scholars presenting works-in-progress. Confirmed senior scholars include, at this time, Janet Alexander (Stanford), A.J. Bellia (Notre Dame), Heather Elliott (Alabama), Evan Lee (UC-Hastings), Gillian Metzger (Columbia), Jim Pfander (Northwestern), Amanda Tyler (UC-Berkeley), and Steve Vladeck (American).

The workshop is open to untenured and recently tenured academics who teach and write in federal courts, civil rights litigation, civil procedure, and other associated topics. Those who do not currently hold a faculty appointment but expect to do so beginning in fall 2014 are welcome. The program is also open to scholars wanting to attend, read, and comment on papers but not present. There is no registration fee.

The conference will begin with a dinner on Thursday, October 9, then panels on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11. Each panel will consist of approximately 4 junior scholars, with a senior scholar serving as moderator and commenter and leading a group discussion on the papers. Georgia Law will provide all lunches and dinners for those attending the workshop, but attendees must cover their own travel and lodging costs.

Those wishing to present a paper must submit an abstract by June 20, 2014. Papers will be selected by a committee of past participants, and presenters will be notified by early July. Those planning to attend must register by August 29, 2014.
Please send abstracts to federalcourtsworkshop@gmail.com.

Please contact Matt Hall or Kent Barnett with questions.



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Call for Papers: International Law and . . . the Sea 

Vienna, 3 September 2014

The Topic:

The dominion over the sea and the regulation of maritime activities has had an important influence on the development of international law. It has generated a specific corpus of international rules, which have been partly codified in the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC). On the one hand, general international law (i.e., subjectivity, law of treaties, international responsibility, immunities, use of force, etc.) has greatly influenced the development of the law of the sea and the drafting the LOSC. On the other hand, the law of the sea has introduced new legal concepts (e.g., the common heritage of mankind) and created novel legal frameworks (e.g., the regime of the exclusive economic zone), which are affecting general international law. They are even calling for a re-consideration of some basic concepts, such as jurisdiction and sovereignty.

This panel is intended to focus on the interplay between general international law and the law of the sea and to answer the following question: what has the law of the sea “given” to general international? In this context the term ‘given’ wants to be value-neutral.
The Application Process

Please submit a 500 words abstract proposal via email to Seline Trevisanut (s.trevisanut@uu.nl) by 1 June 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by 30 June 2014. The deadline for the submission of final papers is 15 August 2014.
In addition to the abstract, the following information must be provided on the submission:
• The author’s name and affiliation
• The author’s contact details
• Whether the author is an ESIL member

Papers will be selected by the co-convenors of the Interest Group (Prof. Erik Franckx, Prof. Miguel Garcia, and Dr. Seline Trevisanut), on the basis of abstracts submitted. Only one abstract per author will be considered.

In order to participate in the Interest Group panel, speakers must be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once abstracts have been accepted. Unfortunately, the ESIL LAWSEA IG is not in a position to cover expenses for travelling and accommodation, or to waiver the ESIL conference fee.

The working languages of the panel are English and French. Since Since no translation will be provided, participants should have passive understanding of both languages and active understanding of at least one of them.

Information on the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference is available here: https://esil2014.univie.ac.at/home. For further information about the LAWSEA IG, please visit: http://esillawseaig.wordpress.com.\

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JURIX 2014: Call for Papers 

The 27th International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems

Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
10, 11 and 12 December, 2014

For more than 25 years, the JURIX conference has provided an international forum for academics and practitioners for the advancement of cutting edge research in the interface between law and computer technology.

The 2014 JURIX conference will take place at the Auditorium Maximum of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, on 10, 11 and 12 December.

As JURIX 2014 approaches, more information will be published on the conference website at http://conference.jurix.nl/2014, or distributed via Twitter by @jurixfoundation using the hashtag #jurix14.

The JURIX conferences are held under the auspices of the Dutch Foundation for Legal Knowledge Systems (http://www.jurix.nl).
Topics

We invite submission of original papers on the advanced management of legal information and knowledge, covering foundations, methods, tools, systems and applications. We welcome submissions belonging to one or more of the following categories:
I – Theory of AI & Law

Contributions to the theory and foundations of AI & Law. Papers should demonstrate (formal) validity, novelty and significance of the work.

Theoretical foundations for the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques in the legal domain;
Representation formalisms for legal knowledge
Models of legal knowledge, including concepts (legal ontologies), rules, cases, principles, values and procedures;
Models of legal interactions of autonomous agents and digital institutions;
Methods and algorithms for performing legal inference, including argumentation;

II – Technology of AI & Law

Contributions to the technological advancement of AI & Law. Papers should demonstrate quality, novelty and significance of the work, and evaluate results.

Technology for expressing the structure and connections of legal documents and rules, including legislative, judicial, administrative acts as well as private documents, such as contracts;
Technology for expressing (part of) the semantics of legal information and knowledge, including legal Open Data;
Technology for the large scale analysis of legal knowledge and information;
Technology for the verification and validation of legal knowledge systems;
Technology for digital-rights management, access policies and authorization, including issues in social networks;
Technology for natural language processing and annotation of legal texts;
Technology for information retrieval over large bodies of legal texts;
Support and methodologies for the acquisition, management or use of legal knowledge, using rules, cases, neural networks, intelligent agents or other methods;

III – Applications of AI & Law

Implementations of AI & Law technology in real world systems. Papers should demonstrate added value, novelty and significance of the work, and if possible, evaluate (potential) impact.

Support for the production and management of legislation, in agenda setting, policy analysis, drafting, publishing, workflow management, simulation, and monitoring implementation;
Support for the judiciary, in application of the law, analysis of evidence, management of cases;
Support for lawyers, in legal reasoning, document drafting, negotiation;
Support for police activities, in forensic inquiries, search and evaluation of evidence, management of investigations;
Support for public administration, in applying regulations and managing information;
Support for businesses and other private parties in managing regulatory compliance and compliance of business processes.
Support for private parties in using alternative forms of dispute resolution, particularly on-line;
Support for education by using legal information systems in a teaching environment.

IV – Other

Any other topic related to the field of Artificial Intelligence and Law.
V – Poster or Demo

A short description of a demo system, or new idea (max. 4 pages). Accepted papers will be offered the opportunity to present during a joint Poster & Demo session with the Doctoral Consortium papers (see below). Authors of demo papers should be willing to share (a screencast of) the demo privatly with the reviewers, if so requested.
Paper Submission

The deadline for paper submission is Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 23:55 HADT. There will be no deadline extension.

As in past years, our intention is for the conference proceedings to be published by IOS Press (Amsterdam, Berlin, Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC) in their series Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications (FAIA).

Papers are to be submitted through the Easychair Conference Management System:

https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=jurix2014

using PDF and should not exceed 10 pages when formatted using the styles and guidelines in the IOS Press Instructions for Authors (Word, LaTeX).

Authors are strongly urged to use these style sheets, as papers not meeting the publisher’s criteria or exceeding the page limit will not be considered for review, and will be excluded from the proceedings.

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Call for Papers - Second Annual Workshop for Corporate & Securities Litigation 

he University of Richmond School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law invite submissions for the Second Annual Workshop for Corporate & Securities Litigation. This workshop will be held on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014, in Richmond, Virginia.

Overview

This annual workshop brings together scholars focused on corporate and securities litigation to present their works-in-progress. Papers addressing any aspect of corporate and securities litigation or enforcement are eligible. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, securities class actions, fiduciary duty litigation, or comparative approaches to business litigation. We welcome scholars working in a variety of methodologies, including empirical analysis, law and economics, law and sociology, and traditional doctrinal analysis. Participants will generally be expected to have drafts completed by the fall, although there will be one or more "incubator" sessions for ideas in a more formative stage.

Authors whose papers are selected will be invited to present their work at a workshop hosted by the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014. Hotel costs will be covered. Participants will pay for their own travel and other expenses.

The workshop is designed to maximize discussion and feedback. The author will provide a brief introduction to the paper, but the majority of the individual sessions will be devoted to collective discussion of the paper involved.

Submission Procedure

If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of the paper you would like to present to Verity Winship at vwinship@illinois.edu not later than Friday, May 30, 2014. Please include your name, current position, and contact information in the e-mail accompanying the submission. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by Friday, June 27.

Questions

Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to the organizers: Professor Jessica Erickson (jerickso@richmond.edu) and Professor Verity Winship (vwinship@illinois.edu).

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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 lawreview@uakron.edu. 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 jmb349@zips.uakron.edu.

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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 (abridy@uidaho.edu)
Woody Hartzog, Chair, Defamation & Privacy (whartzog@samford.edu)

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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 arguthrie@law.tamu.edu. 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 hpham@law.tamu.edu, or Rose Cuison Villazor at rcvillazor@ucdavis.edu

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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 j.summers@lancaster.ac.uk. The deadline for abstracts is 20th April 2014.

Contact: James Summers, j.summers@lancaster.ac.uk

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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 crosscutting@aals.org.

Proposals are due May 12, 2014 and should be sent to crosscutting@aals.org

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