June 23 to June 25, 2014, Munich
From June 23 to June 25, 2014, the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (http://www.ip.mpg.de) and the Center for Law & Economics at ETH Zurich (http://www.lawecon.ethz.ch) will jointly organize their Munich Conference on Innovation and Competition (MCIC 2014) (formerly known as “Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law and Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law”). The conference will enable a small number of junior researchers from law and from economics to engage in an intensive, rigorous discussion of their own scholarly work. Several senior professors from law and from economics departments in Europe and the United States will provide feedback on the research projects.
CONFERENCE DETAILS: Keynote speakers & commentators include faculty of the hosting institutions as well as Professors Robert Bone (University of Texas), Petra Moser (Stanford University), Geertrui Van Overwalle (Universities of Leuven & Tilburg), and Jerry Thursby (Georgia Tech). The conference will be held at Castle Ringberg (http://www.schloss-ringberg.mpg.de/home), which is located in a lovely region one hour south of Munich, Germany. The organizers will fund travel and hotel expenses for all invited conference participants.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE/REGISTRATION: Excellent junior researchers (doctoral students, postdocs, research fellows and assistant professors) from law and from economics are invited to submit their application online athttps://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=mcic2014. After registering a user account, please fill out the “New submission” form. You must attach an extended abstract or a draft paper (“Upload Paper”, draft paper is preferred, PDF or Word) as well as a curriculum vitae with a list of two references (“Attachment”, reference letters are not required at submission time).
Papers may not be published by the conference date; papers already accepted for publication must be in a stage where substantial feedback is still helpful. The submission deadline is March 31, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by April 9, 2014. Papers are due for circulation among conference participants and commentators on May 25, 2014.
FURTHER INFORMATION: For junior researchers from economics, research projects should relate to industrial organization, competition, innovation and/or intellectual property and may include formal models as well as empirical or experimental approaches. For junior scholars from law, research projects should relate to intellectual property and/or competition law and must use law and economics as a research methodology. In order to achieve a good international mix of workshop participants, submissions from researchers from outside Europe are particularly encouraged. Any questions concerning the workshop should be directed to Prof. Stefan Bechtold, firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposals Due: April 12, 2014
The Association of American Law Schools is pleased to request proposals for the second annual Academic Symposium track that will be held at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from January 2-5, 2015. This track offers space at the Annual Meeting for an open-source program expressly structured as an academic symposium. Symposium program proposals may be proposed by any faculty member at an AALS Member School, and need not be tied to any AALS Section.
Faculty members at AALS member law schools may submit a proposal for an academic symposium. International, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and fellows are not eligible to submit a proposal.
Proposals are due April 12, 2014. Proposals may be for either full-day or half-day programs. Proposals will need to include (a) an abstract of up to 750 words describing the overall symposium program and its anticipated contribution to legal scholarship, (b) abstracts of up to 250 words summarizing each symposium paper, and (c) a list of symposium participants.
Within the Symposium, you may have up to three slots reserved for speakers selected from a call for papers, who will not need to be identified by April 12, 2014. Symposium organizers will be required to secure publication for the Symposium in a scholarly journal or as an edited book volume, and describe the publication arrangements in their proposals. The primary criterion used to evaluate proposals will be scholarly quality. All proposals will be expected to reflect the diversity of the legal academy in their proposed speakers. Organizers are encouraged to include junior faculty as participants in their proposed symposium.
The first Academic Symposium was held at the 2014 Annual Meeting, and can be viewed here.
The AALS welcomes comments and questions about the Academic Symposium. Questions should be directed to Jane La Barbera, AALS Managing Director at email@example.com.
Proposals are due April 12, 2014 and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, landmark legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. By its enactment, notions of equality were more deeply embedded in United States public law.
The Law Schools of St. John’s University and New York University are very proud to present the collaborative effort assessing the past, present and future of Title VII.
This two-day symposium will include the following topics:
- The historical origins of Title VII and its current effectiveness
- Reforms or amendments of Title VII in terms of its scope, implementation or interpretation
- Important cultural, sociological, and societal changes wrought by Title VII
Visit our website for a full list of presenters.
|Friday, April 4, 2014||Saturday, April 5, 2014|
|St. John’s School of Law||New York University School of Law|
|10 a.m. – 5 p.m.||10 a.m. – 5 p.m.|
|Belson Moot Court Room
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
|Vanderbilt Hall, Room 210
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
For more information, please contact: email@example.com
JUVENILE CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS: COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
11-12 April, 2014
(Pre-Conference for Young Scholars, 10 April 2014)
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, N.C., U.S.A.
Scholars from North America and the European Union will meet to explore juvenile justice in a comparative context in UNC’s sixth annual conference on the future of adversarial systems. The mounting crime control preoccupations of criminal justice leave little room for more nuanced understandings of children and young people, who are increasingly demonized as amoral and anti-social or portrayed as victims of abuse.
“Juvenile Criminal Justice and Human Rights” and the preconference for young scholars will address two different aspects of the changing face of juvenile justice: the main conference will address juvenile justice from a comparative point of view, while the preconference will address juvenile justice in transnational and international law.
We hope to see you in April.
Professor Shannon Presents on Third-Party Litigation Funding at Wake Forest University School of Law
On Thursday, February 27, 2014 Professor Victoria Shannon presented a paper entitled The Three Regulatory Facets of Third-Party Litigation Funding at Wake Forest University School of Law as part of the Junior Faculty Exchange Program. Professor Shannon’s paper identifies the three systems that make up third-party litigation funding – the transactional, procedural, and ethical systems – and suggests a cross-referenced regulatory regime within and across those three facets as a reasonable approach to regulating the industry holistically.
Washington and Lee law professor Christopher Bruner’s recent paper on the role of small jurisdictions in cross-border corporate and financial services, Market-Dominant Small Jurisdictions in a Globalizing Financial World, was one of seven papers selected for discussion at the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop. The event, co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law, will take place at the UCLA School of Law on March 7-8, 2014.
From the abstract:
“Over recent decades small jurisdictions have become big players in cross-border corporate and financial services. To date, however, their nature, legal status, and market roles remain under-theorized. Lacking a coherent vocabulary to describe the functions that such jurisdictions perform – and the peculiar strengths of those small jurisdictions actually achieving substantial success in the global financial marketplace – we find ourselves unable to evaluate their social and economic impacts in a nuanced and rigorous manner. Accordingly, this article proposes a new conceptual framework with the dual aim of refining the debate regarding the legitimacy and desirability of their activities, and reorienting that debate toward more productive inquiries.”
Washington & Lee law professor Lyman Johnson has published a new article in the American University Business Law Review on teaching mergers and acquisitions in a business planning course. The article, M&A as One Component of a Business Planning Course is forthcoming in volume 3:1.
From the abstract:
This article describes how mergers and acquisitions (“M&A”) can be taught in law school as one component of a business planning course that also addresses other stages of a business’s development, such as the start-up and financing of growth stages. This approach to covering M&A is in contrast to a curricular offering that focuses solely on M&A for an entire semester. The benefits and costs of such an M&A module approach are identified, and the key pedagogical features of the M&A segment are explained. One critical factor for successful pedagogy is for the professor to collaborate with both an experienced transactional lawyer and a seasoned transactional business person. Effective partnering in this way requires the professor to articulate clearly to those cohorts the importance of transmitting practical knowledge and experience, to be sure, but doing so while being especially mindful of the teaching/learning process itself. For those lawyers and business persons who can successfully combine deep sophistication with attentiveness to the teaching function — a challenge in one or two-day “cameo” appearances — the pedagogical payoff is immense. This article pays special attention to the crucial role of the business “deal person” in this approach to M&A.
Read more of Professor Johnson’s scholarship here.
Washington & Lee law professor Mark Drumbl traveled to Hong Kong to participate in a major conference on the Historical Origins of International Criminal Law. Part of the purpose of this gathering is to look beyond the ‘usual suspects’ — for example, Nuremberg and international institutions – when we think about the history of war crimes trials. Many national courts have played a crucial, although unheralded, role in the process of building the field and seeking justice in the aftermath of atrocity. The conference is hosted by the City University of Hong Kong.
Professor Drumbl will deliver a keynote lecture that looks at the work of the Supreme National Tribunal of Poland. Between 1946 and 1948, this institution prosecuted 49 individuals in seven cases. The Tribunal delivered the first conviction ever of a leading Nazi for waging aggressive war, was groundbreaking in denouncing the Holocaust as genocide before the international community recognized the crime, and was pivotal in setting out the details of the Auschwitz concentration camp and its functioning. It was the first institution to declare the concentration camps as criminal organizations. The Tribunal delivered its first two judgments before the Nuremberg Tribunal’s judgment was issued, and continued its work thereafter. Studying the work of the Polish Tribunal also opens a number of other doors. While the decrees that established the jurisdictional base of the Tribunal (to punish enemies of the state) helped bring justice for World War II crimes, these very same decrees also served to enable the post-War Communist government to prosecute, detain, and punish citizens who dissented from its orthodoxies who were also determined to be enemies of the state. This shows how criminal law passed to prosecute war criminals can come to serve repressive ends. Second, the Tribunal was geared to highlight Polish suffering in the War, and extended genocide to the context of Poles, Slavs along with European Jews. Poland pushed for representation at Nuremberg, but the Allies rebuffed this request. The Tribunal was a response thereto.
Professor Drumbl specifically discusses these issues through the lens of the Tribunal’s conviction and execution of Rudolf Hoess (the Kommandant of Auschwitz) and Amon Goeth (the Kommandant of forced labor camps in Krakow – who was played by Ralph Fiennes in Schindler’s list). Hoess was the consummate bureaucrat, who murdered because that was what his job called for; he ironically disliked seeing people suffer and this was among the reasons for developing Zylkon B gas at the camp. Goeth was a sadist who lorded over grotesque displays of gratuitous violence; he routinely flouted SS guidelines about how to run a prison death camp and stole so many of the prisoners possessions for personal use (rather than for Reich use) that he was arrested by the SS in 1944. In this regard, the work of the Tribunal also helps our study of the different kinds of personal profiles that perpetrators of massive war crimes may share.
In addition to delivering a keynote, Professor Drumbl will speak on the closing plenary session.
Washington & Lee law professor Timothy Jost has published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine. Professor Jost’s article Beyond Repeal – A Republican Proposal for Health Care Reform was published online February 12, 2014.
By voting repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over the past 4 years, Republicans have risked being identified as a party without a positive health policy agenda. On January 27, 2014, however, three Republican senators — Orrin Hatch (UT), Tom Coburn (OK), and Richard Burr (NC) — unveiled a proposal that would not only repeal the ACA, but also replace it with comprehensive legislation based on Republican health policy principles.1 Although the proposal recycles long-standing Republican prescriptions, it also offers new ideas.
Read more of Professor Jost’s work here.
On March 6 and 7, 2014, Washington and Lee law professor James Moliterno will be engaged in meetings and presentations in Slovakia on the state of Slovak higher education. Professor Moliterno will participate in sessions with representatives of the prosecution service regarding a prosecutor’s code of ethics, with law faculty at Comenius University on academic ethics, and a with a group of reform-minded judges who have been trying to improve the state of the Slovak judiciary.
Also during the week of March 7, 2014, Professor Moliterno will be at the Instituto Empresa Law Faculty in Madrid to conduct a workshop on experiential education for the faculty and present a lecture to IE’s LLM students on the impact of Alternative Business Systems on global legal markets.
Read more about Professor Moliterno’s scholarship here.