Entries will be accepted through July 1, 2013, for the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize, a scholarly writing competition that honors an outstanding article or book on a topic exploring the tension between civil liberties and national security in contemporary American society. The winner will receive a cash stipend of $10,000.
The article or book must be in draft form or have been published within one year prior to the July 1 deadline. As a condition of accepting the award, the winner will present his or her work at Chicago-Kent. All reasonable expenses will be paid.
Please submit entries to Ms. Tasha Kincade, assistant to Dean Harold J. Krent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Government of Canada has decided to establish, as a tangible expression of its interest in Comparative Law, a Grand Prize to be awarded by the International Academy of Comparative Law. The Association québécoise de droit comparé, the Faculty of Law of McGill University and the Wainwright Foundation are other financial contributors.
The prize, called Canada Prize, is intended to recognize an original legal work, written in English or French, in which the common law and the civil law systems are the subject of a critical comparative study in a field of private or public law, although other legal systems may also figure in the study. The work should be of a high scientific quality, suitable for publication in monograph form.
The prize, in the amount of ten thousand Canadian dollars ($ 10,000 can.), will be awarded every four years at the International Congress of Comparative Law held under the Aegis of the Academy (Athens, Greece 1994; Bristol, United Kingdom 1998; Brisbane, Australia 2002; Utrecht, Netherlands 2006; Washington D.C., USA 2010). The next Canada Price will be awarded during the 19th International Congress of Comparative Law, which will take place in Vienna (Austria) in 2014.
Application (including 4 copies of the work (which may be published or unpublished), a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation) should be sent before December 31, 2013 to the Secretariat of the Academy, 28 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris (France).
May 9-10, 2013. Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Morten Bennedsen, Insead
Patrick Bolton, Columbia Business School
Ronald Gilson, Columbia and Stanford University
Zohar Goshen, Columbia Law School
Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School
Reinier Kraakman, Harvard Law School
Colin Mayer, Said Business School, Oxford University
OVERVIEW: Large owners play a central role as monitors of companies around the world, but who monitors the monitors? What are their incentives to exercise their ownership well – in the interest of society as a whole? We know that security and company law plays a role in this respect, but informal mechanisms like reputation, trust or social norms may be important as well. In this workshop we aim to explore how and when these mechanisms informal work. Is reputation a source of long term decision making in family firms? What induces institutional investors to active ownership and stewardship? What role do social norms play in ownership structures less disciplined by market forces? What is the interplay between formal accountability and a more subjective sense of responsibility? These are some of the issues that we would like to discuss.
ORGANIZATION: The workshop is organized by the Center for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School. It is sponsored by the Research Project on Industrial Foundations.
WORKSHOP LOCATION: Copenhagen Business School
PARTICIPATION: Potential participants should e-mail the Center for Corporate Governance (ccg@cbs,.dk) before 1. March 2013. Attendance is limited, but free of charge. Notification of acceptance 15. March 2013. Deadline for registration 1. April 2012.
June 14-15, 2013, Yale Law School
Yale/Stanford/Harvard Law Schools announce the 14th session of the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum to be held at Yale Law School on June 14-15, 2013 and seek submissions for its meeting.
The Forum’s objective is to encourage the work of young scholars by providing experience in the pursuit of scholarship and the nature of the scholarly exchange. Meetings are held each spring, rotating at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. Ten to twelve scholars (with one to seven years in teaching) will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Yale, Stanford, or Harvard, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the invited young scholars, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. The goal is discourse on both the merits of particular papers and on appropriate methodologies for doing work in that genre. We hope that comment and discussion will communicate what counts as good work among successful senior scholars and will also challenge and improve the standards that now obtain. The Forum also hopes to increase the sense of community among American legal scholars generally, particularly among new and veteran professors.
TOPICS: Each year the Forum invites submissions on selected topics in public and private law, legal philosophy, and gender and race theory, alternating loosely between public law and humanities subjects in one year, and private and dispute resolution law in the next. For the upcoming 2013 meeting, the topics will cover these areas of the law:
- Corporate and Securities Law
- Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
- Intellectual Property
- Law and Policy Implementation
- International Law
A jury of accomplished scholars, again not necessarily from Yale, Stanford or Harvard, with expertise in the particular topic, will choose the papers to be presented. There is no publication commitment, nor is published work eligible. Yale, Stanford, or Harvard will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses.
QUALIFICATIONS: There is no limit on the number of submissions by any individual author. To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. law school in a tenured or tenure-track position and must not have been teaching at either of those ranks for a total of more than 7 years. We accept co-authored submissions, but each of the coauthors must be individually eligible to participate in the JFF.
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Paper submissions for this Forum should be mailed to:
Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520-8215
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Electronic submissions should be sent to email@example.com. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 15, 2013. Please note on the cover letter which topic your paper falls under.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Ian Ayres at Yale Law School (firstname.lastname@example.org), Joseph Bankman at Stanford Law School (email@example.com) or Adriaan Lani at Harvard law School (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fifty years ago the landmark case Gideon v. Wainwright established the right to counsel for criminal defendants. An upcoming symposium at Washington and Lee School of Law will explore the legacy of this case, its impact on the criminal justice system, and the future of the right to counsel.
The symposium is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the grounds of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.
W&L professor and symposium co-organizer J.D. King, who directs the school’s Criminal Justice Clinic, notes that this is not a celebration of the case, but rather a cold, hard assessment of what has gone right and what has gone wrong since Gideon became law.
“One of the failings of the criminal justice system is that while we do provide lawyers to people who can’t afford their own, there is no meaningful check on how good those lawyers are,” says King. “The reality of indigent defense is that in many cases defendants get a lawyer in physical presence only.”
Another problem, says King, is how Gideon and the right to counsel has been limited to apply only to so-called “serious” cases, that is, cases that could result in incarceration. However, there are more serious consequences that can result from a misdemeanor conviction now than there were when Gideon was decided.
“You can get deported, kicked out of your housing, lose student aid, not a get a job because of a background check, or wind up on the sex offender registry, all for misdemeanors for which you were not entitled to counsel,” says King.
The symposium is especially timely, adds King, as the fiscal crisis of the last several years has put increased strain on funding for public defender systems. Indeed, in many states, including Virginia, defendants eventually bear the burden of the cost of their attorney, which can force them to waive their right to counsel from the outset.
The symposium will bring together scholars and practitioners representing a range of views on the issues. Symposium attendees include Norman Reimer, executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Robin Steinberg, founder of the visionary defense support service The Bronx Defenders, as well as leading academics from law schools around the country.
The symposium is sponsored by the W&L Law Review, the Frances Lewis Law Center, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Foundation for Criminal Justice. A complete list of panelists, symposium schedule and registration information is available online at law.wlu.edu/gideon.
Conference and Call For Papers The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality
April 18-20, 2013, Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington
Gonzaga Law School, the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies, and the Washington Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System invite submissions for a conference titled, The Pursuit of Justice: Understanding Hatred, Confronting Intolerance, Eliminating Inequality, to be held at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington, USA on April 18-20, 2013.
OVERVIEW: This interdisciplinary gathering brings together the 3rd International Conference on Hate Studies and the 2nd Conference on Race and the Criminal Justice System. The purpose is to align interests in understanding and addressing fear and ignorance of the “other” with concerns about how these conditions manifest in hatred, intolerance, and inequality. The conference will center on how these problems affect the pursuit of justice, with a special interest in the role of law and the legal community in both perpetuating and eliminating discrimination and bias. You may read a full description of the conference here: http://gonzaga.edu/pursuitofjustice
SPEAKERS: Paul Butler, J.D. (Georgetown Law School) and Jack Levin, Ph.D. (Northeastern University) will deliver keynote addresses on separate evenings. Other featured speakers include Justice Steven C. Gonzalez, J.D. (Washington Supreme Court), Terri Givens, Ph.D. (University of Texas), Ryan Haygood, J.D. (NAACP Legal Defense Fund), Susan Opotow, Ph.D. (City University of New York), Judge Richard Paez, J.D. (9th Circuit Court of Appeals), Barbara Perry, Ph.D. (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), and Robert L. Tsai, J.D. (American University Washington College of Law).
PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: We welcome submissions of both papers and session proposals through the conference website. Proposal abstracts are due December 1, 2012, with potential opportunities to publish full-length, article-quality papers in The Journal of Hate Studies and the Gonzaga Law Review. To reach the conference co-chairs, contact Jason A. Gillmer, Professor of Law and John J. Hemmingson Chair in Civil Liberties (email@example.com) or Dr. John Shuford, Director, Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org).
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism 2013 O’Brien Fellowships: Call for Applications
The O’Brien Fellowship program was established in 2005 with a very generous gift from David O’Brien for outstanding Masters or Doctoral students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. O’Brien Fellowships are valued at $25,000 CAD per annum. Fellows pay fees at the level of Quebec residents and receive one travel grant per year to present their research results at an academic conference.
QUALIFICATIONS: Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record and a strong research proposal in the field of human rights and legal pluralism.
APPLICATIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Applications are due on January 18, 2013. Further information and application instructions are available at
The Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) invites the submission of papers in response to its annual Call for Papers. As in the past, those who submit the best papers will be asked to present them at our next annual meeting which is scheduled for The Breakers, Palm Beach, Florida, from August 4 – 10, 2013, and will receive a plaque commemorating their achievement.
Submissions may be on any topic related to law and may involve either an unpublished paper or an abstract. However, in the past, the panel of judges has tended to favor completed papers over promising abstracts.
The submission deadline is December 1, 2012, and notifications will be made by February 1, 2013. Submissions can be made by e-mailing a copy of your work to me.
If you have questions about the Call for Papers, please feel free to contact Russell Weaver by phone (502-852-6559), fax (502-852-0862) or e-mail (email@example.com).
If you’re interested in issues of access to civil justice, please consider applying to attend this workshop (funded by NSF). Some brief information is copied below but much more (including the application) in the attached PDF. Applications are due September 28. Feel free to forward to others who might be interested.
In December 2012, the American Bar Foundation will host a workshop, Access to Civil Justice: Re-Envisioning and Reinvigorating Research. This workshop will bring together researchers and people from the field to develop and begin work on a new research agenda for access to civil justice. Attendees will include staff from institutions of civil justice, such as judges, leaders from the organized bar, and legal services practitioners as well as scholars from law, statistics and the social and behavioral sciences. The convening seeks to synthesize and coordinate existing research activity and to generate new research activity, including research that can inform policy.
An explicit goal of the conference is to encourage junior researchers to become involved in access to civil justice research. Applications from researchers in the early stages of their careers are especially encouraged, as are applications from people whose backgrounds, perspectives and experiences increase the diversity of the workshop. More information is available on the ABF-hosted Workshop web site: http://www.americanbarfoundation.org/research/A2J.html.
Extra interview dates on 19th and 20th of September to submit your entry for ‘Best Innovative Idea to improve the Justice Sector’
Here is a note from the Innovating Justice Project at The Hague:
Last month we offered the possibility to submit your entry for the Award for ‘Best Innovative Idea to improve the justice system’ through an interview on Skype with somebody from our staff. Given the number of request for interviews, we scheduled two extra days for interviews on the 19th and 20th of September. That means that the deadline to submit your entry has been prolonged until the 21st of September at 1 PM CET and that voting will start on the 21st at 8 PM CET.
Innovating Justice will invest €50.000 worth of services from our Innovation Lab in developing and realising your idea if you win the competition. The top three people with the best idea will be invited to our Award Ceremony in The Hague, all expenses paid. The Innovating Justice Award Ceremony will take pace on the second of November 2012 in The Hague.
You can download the application form here to describe your innovative idea. You can e-mail it firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a description of your idea with a request for an interview on Skype on the 19th or 20th of September.
Innovating Justice Project Office:
Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law
Anna van Saksenlaan 51 | P.O. Box 93033 | 2509 AA The Hague | The Netherlands