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Call for papers: Critical Research in Information Law

Deadline 15 March 2017

The Information Law Group at the University of Sussex is pleased to announce its annual PhD and Work in Progress Workshop on 3 May 2017. The workshop, chaired by Professor Chris Marsden, will provide doctoral students with an opportunity to discuss current research and receive feedback from senior scholars in a highly focused, informal environment. The event will be held in conjunction with the Work in Progress Workshop on digital intermediary law.

We encourage original contributions critically approaching current information law and policy issues, with particular attention on the peculiarities of information law as a field of research. Topics of interest include:

  • internet intermediary liability
  • net neutrality and media regulation
  • surveillance and data regulation
  • 3D printing
  • the EU General Data Protection Regulation
  • blockchain technology
  • algorithmic/AI/robotic regulation
  • Platform neutrality, ‘fake news’ and ‘anti-extremism’ policy.

How to apply: Please send an abstract of 500 words and brief biographical information to Dr Nicolo Zingales  by 15 March 2017. Applicants will be informed by 30 March 2017 if selected. Submission of draft papers by selected applicants is encouraged, but not required.

Logistics: 11am-1pm 3 May in the Moot Room, Freeman Building, University of Sussex.

Afternoon Workshop: all PhD attendees are registered to attend the afternoon workshop 2pm-5.30pm F22 without charge (programme here).

Financial Support: Information Law Group can repay economy class rail fares within the UK. Please inform the organizers if you need financial assistance.

Call for Papers: Restricted and Redacted – Where now for human rights and digital information control?

Restricted and Redacted: Where now for human rights and digital information control?

We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the annual IALS’ Information Law and Policy Centre research workshop on 9 November 2016 in London, this year supported by Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. You can read about our first event in 2015 here.

We are looking for high quality and focused contributions that consider information law and policy in the context of human rights. Whether based on doctrinal analysis or empirical social research, papers should offer an original perspective on the way in which information and data interact with fundamental rights, which may, for example include legal rights and principles relating to free expression, privacy, data protection, reputation, copyright, national security, anti-discrimination and open justice.

Topics of particular interest in 2016 include: internet intermediary liability, investigatory and surveillance powers, media regulation, freedom of information, the EU General Data Protection Regulation, whistleblower protection, and ‘anti-extremism’ policy.

The workshop will take place during the afternoon of Wednesday 9th November 2016 and will be followed by an evening reception and keynote lecture. Attendance will be free of charge thanks to the support of the IALS and our sponsor, although registration will be required as places are limited.

The best papers will be featured in a special issue of Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal, following a peer review process. Those giving papers will be invited to submit full draft papers to the journal by 18th November 2016 for consideration by the journal’s editorial team.

How to apply:

Please send an abstract of between 250-300 words and brief biographical information to Eliza Boudier, Fellowships and Administrative Officer, IALS: by Friday 1st July 2016 (5pm, BST). Abstracts will be considered by the Information Law and Policy Centre academic staff and advisors, and the Communications Law journal editorial team.

About the Information Law and Policy Centre at the IALS:

The Information Law and Policy Centre produces, promotes and facilitates research about the law and policy of information and data, and the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information.  It is part of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, which was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

About Communications Law (Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law):

Communications Law is a well-respected quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT and media industries. Each issue brings you 32 pages of opinion and discussion from the field of communications law. It is currently edited by Dr Paul Wragg, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Leeds.

Upcoming information law and policy academic events in autumn 2015

We’ll be publicising some new Information Law & Policy Centre events over the next couple of weeks, but in the meantime, here’s a reminder of various other information law themed academic events and deadlines in the UK, Germany and Australia:

Call for Papers: LVI 2015 – Law via the Internet Conference 9-11 November 2015

This year’s Law via the Internet 2015 conference, which will take place in Sydney, has opened its call for papers. The conference will take place on 10-11 November 2015 at NSW Australia (the University of New South Wales) and will be preceded by the annual meeting of the Free Access to Law Movement on 9  November at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Submission of papers is invited on a variety of topics, but organisers state that papers on other aspects of access to legal information via the Internet are also welcome. Papers on technology law not related directly to access to legal information cannot be submitted.

via LVI 2015: Law via the Internet Conference 9-11 November 2015

Launch of European Data Protection Law Review

The new quarterly and fully peer-reviewed journal European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL), edited by Judith Rauhofer and published by Lexxion, has launched with its first issue and is seeking papers (the next submission deadline is 20 May; author guidelines here). The journal aims to publish a mix of articles, case notes, country reports and book reviews, providing a new and much needed home for peer-reviewed European data protection scholarship in the English language.

Here’s the info from its website:

European Data Protection Law Review – EDPL

The European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL) provides a practical and intellectual forum to discuss, comment, and review all issues raised by the development and implementation of data protection law and policy in the EU Member States. The journal reports on key legislative developments and addresses relevant legal, regulatory, and administrative progresses in EU Member States and institutions. Important judgments that shape the interpretation and application of the EU law in this field are identified and analysed, particularly judgments by the European Courts, international courts and tribunals such as the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body, and higher national courts.
Furthermore, contributors address relevant legal, regulatory and administrative developments in EU Member States that shape the practical implementation of European law in this field.

The EDPL reports on the law and policy governing:

Privacy and data protection,

Freedom of information, open data and re-use of information,

Civil liberties issues,

Data processing,

Data transfers,

Technology issues.

All contributions to EDPL shall undergo the process of a double blind peer-review, in order to guarantee the publication’s solid scientific output.

EDPL’s Target Audience

The quarterly addresses everyone who is concerned with data protection law issues such as legal practitioners in national and international law firms, government officials working in EU public administration, judges and legal experts in domestic, European and international courts, consultancies, and Data protection professionals in the EU and beyond.


  • Judith Rauhofer, University of Edinburgh

Associate Editors

  • Maja Brkan, 
University of Maastricht
  • Mark Cole
, University of Luxembourg, Institute of European Media Law (EMR)

Editorial Board

  • Franziska Boehm, University of Münster
  • Alexander Dix, Berlin Representative for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Federico Ferretti, Brunel University
  • Kirsty E. Hughes, University of Cambridge
  • Els Kindt, KU Leuven, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI)
  • Eleni Kosta, Tilburg University
  • Orla Lynskey
, London School of Economics
  • Peter Schaar, 
European Academy of Freedom of Information and Data Protection (EAID)
  • Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann
, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
  • Alessandro Spina
, European Medicines Agency
  • Bart van der Sloot, 
University of Amsterdam
  • Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, 
University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law

SLS Media and Communications: Call For Papers

The deadline for papers for the Media and Communications section at this year’s annual Society of Legal Scholars conference (University of York, 1st-4th September 2015) has been extended to 31st March 2015 24th April 2015. Here is the Call for Papers, prepared by section convener Dr Paul Wragg. He says that abstracts can be sent directly to and please feel free to get in touch with him to discuss ideas and proposals before submitting an abstract, if you would prefer.

The Media and Communications section will meet in the second half of the conference on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit an abstract by Tuesday 31st March.

All abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair conference system. If you have not used this system before, you will need to create an account before making your submission.

I would welcome proposals for papers on any area of media and communications law, including (but not limited to): media regulation; defamation; privacy; breach of confidence; telecommunications law; media ownership and pluralism; the laws, practices and codes affecting journalism (e.g. contempt of court, subterfuge, court reporting, recognition/status of journalists); the control of marketing, advertising, and sponsorship contract and rights issues affecting the media and communications sectors (for example, television coverage of sporting events); image rights; universal design / access in relation to communications language and minority rights and the media whether they address this year’s conference theme (Law’s Subjects: Subject to Law) or not. Alternatively, if you would like to propose a topic of current interest for a panel or roundtable discussion, please do get in touch to see if this can be arranged.

As the SLS is keen to ensure that as many members with good quality papers as possible are able to present, we discourage speakers from presenting more than one paper at the conference. With this in mind, I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are also responding to calls for papers from other sections.

Please note that whilst you need only send a proposed title and abstract at this stage, speakers are encouraged to submit a full paper via EasyChair before the conference. The SLS offers a Best Paper Prize which can be awarded to academics at any stage of their career. The Prize carries a £250 monetary award and winning papers are published in Legal Studies. To be eligible:

• speakers must be fully paid-up members of the SLS;

• papers must not exceed 11,000 words including footnotes (as counted in Word);

• papers must be uploaded to EasyChair by Monday 24th August; and

• papers must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication.

via SLS Media and Communications – 2015 Call For Papers | Lex Ferenda.