JOTWELL Conference on Legal Scholarship

Legal Scholarship We Like, and Why it Matters
University of Miami School of Law November 7-8, 2014

JOTWELL, the Journal of Things We Like (Lots), is an online journal dedicated to celebrating and sharing the best scholarship relating to the law. To celebrate Jotwell’s 5th Birthday, we invite you to join us for conversations about what makes legal scholarship great and why it matters.

In the United States, the role of scholarship is under assault in contemporary conversations about law schools; meanwhile in many other countries legal scholars are routinely pressed to value their work according to metrics or with reference to fixed conceptions of the role of legal scholarship. We hope this conference will serve as an answer to those challenges, both in content and by example.

We invite pithy abstracts of proposed contributions, relating to one or more of the conference themes. Each of these themes provides an occasion for the discussion (and, as appropriate, defense) of the scholarly enterprise in the modern law school–not for taking the importance of scholarship for granted, but showing, with specificity, as we hope Jotwell itself does, what good work looks like and why it matters.

I. Improving the Craft: Writing Legal Scholarship

We invite discussion relating to the writing of legal scholarship.

1. What makes great legal scholarship? Contributions on this theme could either address the issue at a general level, or anchor their discussion by an analysis of a single exemplary work of legal scholarship. We are open to discussions of both content and craft.

2. Inevitably, not all books and articles will be “great”. What makes “good” legal scholarship? How do we achieve it?

II. Improving the Reach: Communicating and Sharing

Legal publishing is changing quickly, and the way that people both produce and consume legal scholarship seems likely to continue to evolve.

3. Who is (are) the audience(s) for legal scholarship?

4. How does legal scholarship find its audience(s)? Is there anything we as legal academics can or should do to help disseminate great and good scholarship? To what extent will the shift to online publication change how people edit, consume, and share scholarship, and how should we as authors and editors react?

III. Improving the World: Legal Scholarship and its Influence

Most broadly, we invite discussion of when and how legal scholarship matters.

5. What makes legal scholarship influential? Note that influence is not necessarily the same as “greatness”. Also, influence has many possible meanings, encompassing influence within or outside the academy.

6. Finally, we invite personal essays about influence: what scholarship, legal or otherwise, has been most influential for you as a legal scholar? What if anything can we as future authors learn from this?


Jotwell publishes short reviews of recent scholarship relevant to the law, and we usually require brevity and a very contemporary focus. For this event, however, contributions may range over the past, the present, or the future, and proposed contributions can be as short as five pages, or as long as thirty.

We invite the submission of abstracts for proposed papers fitting one or more of the topics above. Your abstract should lay out your central idea, and state the anticipated length of the finished product.

Abstracts due by: May 20, 2014. Send your paper proposals (abstracts) via the JOTCONF 2014 EasyChair page,

If you do not have an EasyChair account you will need to register first – just click at the “sign up for an account” link at the login page and fill in the form. The system will send you an e-mail with the instructions how to finish the registration.

Responses by: June 13, 2014

Accepted Papers due: Oct 6, 2014

Conference: Nov. 7-8, 2014 University of Miami School of Law Coral Gables, FL

Symposium contributions will be published on a special page at Authors will retain copyright. In keeping with Jotwell’s relentlessly low-budget methods, this will be a self-funding event. Your contributions are welcome even if you cannot attend in person.

2014 Fordham IP Conference

Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute
Emily C. & John E. Hansen Intellectual Property Institute
22nd Annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference
Fordham University School of Law
Thursday and Friday, April 24-25, 2014

CFP: AALS Annual Meeting 2015 Program on Automated Decision-Making

The AALS Section on Internet & Computer Law and the Section on Defamation & Privacy invite paper proposals for our co-sponsored panel on Automated Decision-Making at the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. We will be selecting one panelist from the CFP process. One- or two-page proposals, which will be reviewed blindly by members of the two executive committees, are due on or before June 1. Proposals must be for papers that have not yet been published as of the deadline, and submission of a completed draft will be required of the selected panelist by November 1. Submissions from pre-tenure scholars are especially encouraged. To submit a proposal, please send it in Word or PDF format to Annemarie Bridy,, with “AALS 2015 Annual Meeting Proposal” in the subject line.

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 (

Copyright and Media Pluralism in China at Oregon

Copyright and Media Pluralism in China
University of Oregon School of Law
April 18, 2014

China’s copyright law is intended in part to establish the legal framework for driving the development of domestic cultural industries. Developing these industries is an increasingly important objective, as Chinese authorities pursue soft-power initiatives and seek to encourage “green,” high-growth, knowledge-based industries. There is an inherent tension, however, in China’s implementation of copyright law. The Chinese Communist Party’s traditional view of the media sector’s role as a state tool for guiding public opinion and providing moral edification clashes with the Party’s own economic liberalization policies, which triggered the creation and explosive growth of private-sector media producers and—in the case of the internet—distributors. What role, then, does copyright and media privatization play in Chinese society? Will it stimulate the development of an increasingly independent media, or will centralized media controls stunt the development of privatized media and attenuate their effect on politics and society?


Wendy Gordon, Boston University School of Law, Keynote
Rogier Creemers, Oxford University
Tianxiang He, Maastricht University
Li Jinying, Oregon State University
Lucy Montgomery, Queensland University of Technology
Eric Priest, University of Oregon School of Law
Hongsong Song, Yantai University School of Law
Kyu Ho Youm, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
Peter Yu, Drake Law School
Yu Zhao, Zhejiang University

For a full schedule please visit the symposium website:

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 (European
Policy for Intellectual Property) association in Brussels, Sept. 4-5, 2014. Scholars and
practitioners 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

We are pleased to welcome as keynote speakers:
Susanne Prantl (Cologne University, Germany)
Mark Lemley (Stanford University, USA)
William Janeway (Warburg Pincus, UK & USA)
Jonathan Haskel (Imperial College, UK)
Alison Brimelow CBE
Judge Colin Birss Q.C. (High Court, UK)
Graeme Dinwoodie (Oxford University, UK)
Martin Kretschmer (Glasgow University and CREATe, UK)
Veerle Draulans (KU Leuven and Tilburg University, Belgium)
Karin Hoisl (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
K. Swanson JD PhD (Northeastern University School of Law, USA)
Kaori Saito (WIPO, Switzerland)
Thierry Rayna (ESG Management School, France)
Geertrui Van Overwalle and Reinout Leys (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Dinusha Mendis (Bournemouth University, UK)

Submission procedure for scientific papers

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

Tribute to Suzanne Scotchmer at UC Berkeley

Innovation and Intellectual Property: A Tribute to Suzanne Scotchmer’s Work

MAY 1, 2014 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Professor Suzanne Scotchmer, of the UC Berkeley Economics Department, School of Public Policy, and School of Law, was among the most influential economists of her generation. She has published in elite law reviews as well as leading economics journals. Her book, Innovation and Incentives (MIT Press, 2004) is a classic in the field. She has been especially important with respect to her insights about cumulative innovation; these have moved the field away from the simplistic single-stage innovation model that once predominated in the IP field.To capture a range of perspectives on her influence while it is still fresh in the minds of the influenced will help carry her legacy forward.

IViR 25th Anniversary Conference in Amsterdam

The Institute for Information Law (IViR) of the University of Amsterdam will organize its 25th anniversary conference from July 2 to July 4 in Amsterdam. You are all cordially invited to attend.

The website of the conference is where you can find information regarding program, sessions, registration, and venue.

IPIL/Houston Copyright Conference in Santa Fe

IPIL/HOUSTON (the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center) announces its 2014 National Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The title for this year’s event is: “ReCalibrating Copyright: Continuity, Contemporary Culture, and Change”. It will be held on Saturday, May 31st, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Presenters include: Olufunmilayo Arewa, Wendy Gordon, Lydia Loren, Phil Malone and Thomas Nachbar, with a special moderator: the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The conference website with additional details is here:

With apologies for cross-posting, we hope that if your schedule allows you will consider joining us in Santa Fe for what promises to be an outstanding event.

Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers at Brooklyn

Brooklyn Law School
New York, NY
April 4, 2014 Symposium:

We’d love to have you join us on April 4 at Brooklyn Law School for “From Bleak House to Geek House: Evolving Law for Entrepreneurial Lawyers.” We’ve assembled a pretty excellent set of topics, speakers, demos, and workshops. Please feel free to join us and to spread the word through your networks. We’ll touch on a lot of themes of interest to the ipprofs community.

From Bleak House to Geek House will explore ways in which we can (1) use the law to improve the needs of entrepreneurs and society, and (2) use technology and other innovations to improve the law and legal process. The day and room will be filled with legal entrepreneurs and international visionaries in law, entrepreneurship, and innovation for compelling and forward-looking discussions, demonstrations, and networking.


IP and Gender at American

10th Annual IP/Gender:
Gender and the Regulation of Traditional Knowledge
Thursday, March 20, 2014
4:00pm – 6:00pm Reception to follow

Room 602
American University, Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20016

For Registration, CLE info & Webcast (live and archived):

In coordination with the 2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Symposium: Federal Policy and Traditional Knowledge, this event will focus on the role of women and the effect of gender roles on national and international regulation in the area of traditional knowledge, as that term is broadly understood.

In many places, women are deemed to be the most important practitioners of certain old arts and the primary custodians of old ways of knowing, with many cultural “traditions” being passed primarily or exclusively from one generation of women to the next. Therefore, the consequences of introducing IP regimes in this area may have special significance for women and their communities, or may reflect underlying assumptions about gender, women’s role in processes of decolonization and development, and the distributive consequences of IP regimes.

The Roundtable will begin with comments by:
Margaret Chon – Seattle University School of Law
Danielle Conway – University of Hawaii School of Law
Suzan Harjo – Morningstar Institute (invited)
Moderated by: Peter Jaszi – American University Washington College of Law