The Journal of Virtual Worlds Research will be publishing a special issue dedicated to law and virtual worlds. Dan Hunter, Melissa de Zwart, and I will be editing the issue. The Call for Papers and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/CFP-lawvirtual
Here’s an excerpt from the site:
This special issue will focus on legal questions generated by the creation, regulation and participation in virtual worlds. We are looking for papers that explore beyond the basics of ‘the magic circle’ (asserting that virtual worlds are immune from external laws and norms) and consider emerging legal issues that may encourage or inhibit the uptake of virtual worlds. In particular, we are interested in papers that adopt a multi-jurisdictional focus and which propose new ways that the legal issues may be approached by developers and regulators. Innovative and creative papers are encouraged.
Given the audience and nature of the JVWR we are looking for papers which are accessible to a non-legal readership. They should demonstrate a good awareness of the nature of virtual worlds.