Category Archives: Call for papers

Call for Papers: Trust, Risk, Information & the Law Conference

The 5th interdisciplinary Conference on Trust, Risk, Information & the Law will be held on 25 April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Winchester UK. Our overall theme for this conference will be: “Public Law, Politics and the Constitution: A new battleground between the Law and Technology?”

Our keynote speakers will be Michael Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with the University of Sussex, and author of several books including ‘Radicals’ and ‘The Dark Net’.

Papers are welcomed on any aspect of the conference theme. This might include although is not restricted to:

  • Fake news: definition, consequences, responsibilities and liabilities;

  • The use of Big Data in political campaigning;

  • Social media ‘echo chambers’ and political campaigning;

  • Digital threats and impact on the political process;

  • The Dark Net and consequences for the State and the Constitution;

  • Big Tech – the new States and how to regulate them;

  • The use of algorithmic tools and Big Data by the public sector;

  • Tackling terrorist propaganda and digital communications within Constitutional values;

  • Technology neutral legislation;

  • Threats to individual privacy and public law solutions;

  • Online courts and holding the State to account.

Proposals for workshops are also welcome.

 

The full call for papers and workshops can be found at: https://journals.winchesteruniversitypress.org/index.php/jirpp/pages/view/TRIL.

Deadline for submissions is 26 January 2018.

Call for Papers: Global Fake News and Defamation Symposium

Readers of the Information and Law Policy Centre blog are invited to submit a call for papers for the Global Fake News and Defamation Symposium on the theme of ‘Fake News and Weaponized Defamation: Global Perspectives’

Concept Note:

The notion of “fake news” has gained great currency in global popular culture in the wake of contentious social-media imbued elections in the United States and Europe. Although often associated with the rise of extremist voices in political discourse and, specifically, an agenda to “deconstruct” the power of government, institutional media, and the scientific establishment, fake news is “new wine in old bottles,” a phenomenon that has long historical roots in government propaganda, jingoistic newspapers, and business-controlled public relations. In some countries, dissemination of “fake news” is a crime that is used to stifle dissent. This broad conception of fake news not only acts to repress evidence-based inquiry of government, scientists, and the press; but it also diminishes the power of populations to seek informed consensus on policies such as climate change, healthcare, race and gender equality, religious tolerance, national security, drug abuse, poverty, homophobia, and government corruption, among others.

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Call for Papers: Financing and the Right to Science in Technology Transfer in the SDGs

Readers of the Information and Law Policy Centre blog are invited to participate in the second, full-day International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals Workshop at the Department of International Law, University of Groningen, NL.

Our aim with the second track of this one-day Workshop is to explore the right to science’s potential value in the context of technology & knowledge transfer and sustainable development. More specifically, we aim to discuss the role of the right to science as (a) a means to implement the SDGs and related human rights; (b) an enabler of international cooperation regarding technology and knowledge sharing; and (c) a stand-alone human right and the respective obligations of States in enhancing systemic policy and institutional coherence and informing policy development and coordination.

Please find the the detailed Call for Papers available here.

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Call for Papers – Children and Digital Rights: Regulating Freedoms and Safeguards

We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference on 17 November 2017 at IALS in London, this year supported by Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. You can read about our previous annual events here.

We are looking for high quality and focused contributions that consider information law and policy within the context of children and digital rights. Whether based on doctrinal analysis, or empirical social research, papers should offer an original perspective on the implications posed by the data-driven society for the regulation of the digital rights of children and young adults, and the freedoms and safeguards therein.

Topics of particular interest in 2017 include:

  • Internet intermediary liability
  • Social media
  • Data privacy
  • Internet of Things
  • Cyber security
  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Online games/apps
  • Digital education
  • The EU General Data Protection Regulation

The workshop will take place on Friday 17th November 2017 and will be followed by the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Lecture and an evening reception.

Attendance will be free of charge thanks to the support of the IALS and our sponsor, although registration is 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 1st November 2017 for consideration by the journal’s editorial team.

How to apply:

Please send an abstract of between 250-300 words and some brief biographical information to Eliza Boudier, Fellowships and Administrative Officer, IALS: eliza.boudier@sas.ac.uk by Friday 14th July 2017 (5pm, BST).

Abstracts will be considered by the Information Law and Policy Centre’s 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 (ILPC) 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.

The ILPC is part of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), 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.

The ILPC’s Annual Conference and Annual Lecture form part of a series of events celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the IALS in November.

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 a wide range of opinion, discussion, and analysis from the field of communications law. Dr Paul Wragg, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Leeds, is the journal’s Editor in Chief.

Call for Papers: Automated decision-making, machine learning and artificial intelligence

IRP&P logoInformation Rights, Policy & Practice, a peer-reviewed, open access, interdisciplinary journal for academics and practitioners alike, is seeking submissions for its Autumn 2017 special issue on automated decision-making, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Perspectives from a variety of disciplines are welcome and encouraged, including papers on present and future challenges, policy and theoretical perspectives and ethical issues.

The journal is looking for Articles of 5,000 to 10,000 words; Forward thinking pieces of 3,000 to 5,000 words; Case reports of 3,000 to 5,000 words; Policy reports of 1,000 to 2,000 words; as well as book reports of 700 to 1,000 words. All word counts are exclusive of footnotes.

For more information about the journal’s focus and aims, its online submission processes and requirements, and to register with the journal, please go to www.jirpp.org.uk.

Deadline for submissions for the Autumn 2017 issue: 31 AUGUST 2017

The journal is also looking for a reviewer of the following book:
Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap by Angela Daly (2016, Hart).
Please contact julian.dobson@winchester.ac.uk to request to review this book.

About IRP&P

IRP&P is an open access, international, peer-reviewed journal seeking to create a space to allow academics and practitioners across a multitude of fields to reflect and critique the law, policy and practical reality of Information Rights, as well as to theorise potential future developments in policy, law and regulation.

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www.jirpp.org.uk

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: eliza.boudier@sas.ac.uk 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.

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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.

Editor

  • 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