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Visiting Fellowships in Law (Univ. of Bologna)

Visiting Fellowships in Law at the University of Bologna



Who is it for: Academic or non-academic (policy-makers or pratictioners) visiting fellows to carry out independent research and engage with any matter related to consumers and SMEs in the Digital Market Union

Profile sought: The selected fellows will engage with key staff members and students, contributing to the CoE’s activities with a requirement to present their research in one of the activities of the CoE. Fellowships will be open to both early-career and experienced researchers.

Reference period: 2 weeks – 3 months

Protocol number: 22/2020

Procedure manager: Dr. Domenico Chirico

2020 IIP (Japan) Researcher Invitation Program

2020 Researcher Invitation Program

Foundation for Intellectual Property
Institute of Intellectual Property
Tokyo, Japan



The Foundation for Intellectual Property, Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP), since its establishment in 1989 as a nonprofit organization approved by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has carried out researches and studies on various issues concerning intellectual property and has been providing information related to this field by holding international symposia and by publishing research reports. Amongst its international activities, IIP has been entrusted by the Japan Patent Office (JPO) to invite foreign researchers to Japan for promoting studies on industrial property systems in Japan and other countries by means of literature researches and interviews from Japanese researchers or practitioners on industrial property field in Japan.

Inquiry and Mailing Addresses

If you have any question regarding the programs, please contact us.  Please send your final set of application documents to the following e-mail address, and ask your recommender(s) to send recommendation letter(s) to the same address:

Fellowships in Empirical/Experimental IP Research (ETH Zurich)

Fellowships in Empirical/Experimental IP Research at ETH Zurich

In general, we are always looking for excellent researchers at the doctoral and the postdoc level who have an interest in {intellectual property, Internet law, the law of emerging technologies} AND {law & economics as a research methodology}.



Candidates from economics should have an interest in law & economics, industrial organization, innovation, antitrust, or economics of information technology. Candidates from law should have an interest in intellectual property, law of emerging technologies, antitrust law, judicial decision-making or law & economics in general. All candidates must demonstrate a strong interest in interdisciplinary research in law & economics (using theoretical, empirical or experimental approaches).

For more information, please contact Prof. Stefan Bechtold.

Yale Information Society Project (ISP) Resident Fellowships 2020–2021

Yale Information Society Project (ISP) Resident Fellowships 2020–2021

The ISP Resident Fellowship is designed for recent graduates of law or Ph.D. programs interested in an academic career and whose research is related to any of the ISP research areas. We specifically encourage applicants interested in working on projects related to the digital public sphere, including projects concerning freedom of speech, content moderation, privacy, and antitrust.



Applicants must have completed their J.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree prior to the beginning of the fellowship. ISP Resident Fellows are expected to write at least two academic works per year, to attend all ISP events, be present in the ISP facilities three full days per week, and to contribute to ISP programming. ISP Resident fellows are strongly urged to reside in the New Haven area.

ISP-funded Resident Fellowships normally begin on July 1 and last for one year; fellows in residence may apply for a second year of support. Fellows receive a salary of USD $50,004 per year plus Yale benefits, a travel stipend, and office space at the ISP.

The ISP also offers self-funded Resident Fellowships for individuals with their own sources of funding—for example, winners of Fulbright or other fellowship awards. The application requirements are identical. Please indicate the sources of funding in your application.

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter indicating your interest in the Resident Fellowship
  • A research agenda (5 pages max)
  • A resume or CV
  • A law/graduate school transcript
  • At least one scholarly writing sample (in English)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications for ISP-funded Resident Fellowships must be received no later than January 2, 2020. Applications for self-funded Resident Fellowships are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please submit applications in electronic form to Ann-Marie Cooper.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:

IPIL/Houston 2020 Sponsored Scholarship Grants

IPIL/Houston 2020 Sponsored Scholarship Grants

IPIL/HOUSTON (the Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center) announces its 2020 Sponsored Scholarship Grants (SSG) for the Legal Academy.  The SSG program is made possible by the remarkably generous support of The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas Intellectual Property American Inn of Court in Houston, Texas (Atlas IP Inn).


Also, there is a related grant program that may interest some of your students who are, or will be, judicial clerks:  Please share the SSG-Clerks program with your qualifying students.


Please note for intellectual property or information law scholars at Texas law schools that there is an additional program available:

CFP: 2019 European Data Protection Law Review Young Scholars Award

Call for Papers:  2019 European Data Protection Law Review Young Scholars Award

The European Data Protection Law Review cordially invites young researchers at the beginning of their academic career (Master or PhD students) to submit articles based on their thesis for the 4th annual EDPL Young Scholars Award.

The five best submissions will be published in the European Data Protection Law Review 2020/1. The three finalists will also be invited to present their work at the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection (CPDP) Conference in January 2020 in Brussels. The winner of the competition will be announced at an award ceremony during the CPDP event and will receive a one‐year subscription to the European Data Protection Law Review.

The contribution must deal with a data protection issue and address it from a European perspective. The preferred approach is legal, but interdisciplinary approaches are also welcome.

The article should depict the thesis’ core points, including key questions, hypothesis, methodology, findings and policy recommendations, if applicable.

Regardless of the original language of the work, submissions are only accepted in English. They are subject to the scrutiny of an expert jury which will evaluate their quality, degree of innovation and clarity of presentation.

Participation Requirements:

  • Eligible Topic
  • Format (5.000 ‐ 7.000 words, in English)
  • Deadline for submission, extended until 1 December 2019

Please submit the application in a Word document via e‐mail to the Executive Editor:

Nelly Stratieva
+49‐30‐81 45 06‐1

Stanford Center for Law and History Graduate Student Paper Prize

Stanford Center for Law and History Graduate Student Paper Prize


The Stanford Center for Law and History invites paper submissions from graduate students for its third annual conference, “Working with Intellectual Property: Legal Histories of Innovation, Labor, and Creativity”. The conference will seek to explore aspects of how creative, scientific, technology  and innovation-based communities have organized and negotiated their intellectual property relationships from historical perspectives.  The one-day conference will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Stanford Law School. It will include three panels and a keynote session featuring scholars investigating ways that stakeholders have historically resisted, adapted, adopted, or rejected intellectual property law in their daily practices. We encourage submissions from scholars working across a broad range of disciplines interested in the historical intersection between intellectual property, creativity, innovation, and/or labor.  International, comparative, and US perspectives are all encouraged.

The conference organizers will select a graduate student as the winner of the SCLH Graduate Student Paper Prize to present on one of the three panels. Funding for travel and housing will be provided.

The application deadline is Sunday, December 1, 2019. For more information and to apply, click here. Please direct any questions to

CFP: 2019–2020 Privacy Fellowship (George Mason Univ. Law)

Call for Papers: 2019–2020 Privacy Fellowship


The Program on Economics & Privacy (PEP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School invites applications for the 2019–2020 Privacy Fellowship. We seek authors to develop and present original work that focuses on the law and economics of issues surrounding the increasing regulatory scrutiny of online platforms. Issues of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Competition policy for online platforms
  • The interrelationship between data collection, privacy regulation, and competition
  • Measuring the presence and impact of political bias in online platforms
  • Marketplace and First Amendment implications of regulating political bias
  • Consumer valuation of privacy
  • Defining and measuring privacy-related harm
  • The effect on consumers and competition of mandated transparency
  • The social and economic impact of platform immunity under CDA §230
  • Measuring the prevalence and consumer impact of “dark patterns”
  • Identifying and exploring other (overlooked) issues related to algorithmic decision-making, machine learning, and artificial intelligence

Total honorarium payments of $10,000 per paper will be available to those who fulfill all the obligations of the program, which are described in detail below.

Submission of Research Proposal:  Deadline of October 31, 2019

  • Research proposals should include a statement of the issue to be addressed and the proposed methodology, as well as a discussion of the feasibility for completion by Summer 2020. Empirical project proposals should include a plan for obtaining suitable data. Proposals should be no longer than five pages (not including charts, graphs, or bibliography).

Research Roundtable in Tucson, Arizona:  January 17-18, 2020

  • Selected authors will present well-developed drafts of their papers at a research roundtable co-hosted by the University of Arizona, and to be held in a serene desert setting in the Sonoran desert. Revised drafts should be no more than twenty pages (excluding charts, graphs, and bibliography), and represent substantial work beyond the proposal (e.g., preliminary statistical results). This research roundtable is a workshop designed to provide authors with constructive feedback from expert academics and practitioners in the field. Those authors chosen to present will be provided an honorarium of $4,000 per paper after presenting their work at the January roundtable. The authors workshop will take place on Friday, January 17th, Authors are invited and encouraged to stay for a research and policy retreat co-hosted by the Privacy Problem-Solving Project at the University of Arizona College of Law on Saturday, January 18th.

Presentation at Annual Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security at Antonin Scalia Law School:  June 2020

  • Roundtable participants will submit a revised draft of their paper that responds to feedback from the round table for the annual Public Policy Conference on the Law & Economics of Privacy and Data Security, to be held in early June 2020, at Antonin Scalia Law School. Authors will present revised drafts of their papers as part of the conference. Authors successfully participating in the Public Policy Conference will receive an honorarium of $3,000 per paper.

Completion of Final Draft and Submission to an Academic Journal:  Summer 2020

  • Following presentation at the Public Policy Conference, authors are expected to revise their paper and to seek publication in a suitable academic journal. PEP will also host these drafts on its website. Upon completion of this requirement, authors will receive a final honorarium of $3,000 per paper.

In addition to providing honoraria, PEP will provide lodging and group meals at all events. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses. To submit a proposal for the Roundtable, please click here:

CFP: IP and Human Rights, Mitchell Hamline Law Review

Call for Paper on IP and Human Rights from the Mitchell Hamline Law Review

Mitchell Hamline Law Review would like to invite you to submit an article about the human-rights implications of intellectual property rights. Your article would be published in our third issue next year.

This issue will generally explore the intersection of intellectual property rights and human rights. Articles may be on any relevant and timely topic—starting from compulsory licensing, biotechnology, global access to medicine, biopiracy, information security and access, freedom of information and speech, privacy, the aftermath of the TRIPS Agreement in developing economies, and so on. If, however, there is a different topic related to the IP-and-human-rights theme that you would prefer, we would be open to that as well.

We would love to share your expertise and thoughts with our readers. The deadline for submitting a full draft would not be until early November. We also have law review members who can assist with formatting legal citations and revising the text as needed.

Thank you for your consideration. Please submit articles to Akina Khan, Executive Editor of Mitchell Hamline Law Review Volume 46 ( She is also happy to address your questions and concerns. We look forward to working with you.

Funded PhD Scholarships in Copyright and Digital Challenges (Univ. College London)

Funded PhD Copyright and Digital Challenges

UCL School of Law is funding two PhD studentships to commence in September 2019, including a studentship on ‘Copyright Law and the Challenges of the Digital Age’.

The scheme covers fees at UK/EU/overseas level, a £18,000 p.a. stipend and £750 p.a. personal research allowance (for three years).  The Faculty particularly welcomes applications from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds. Further information about the application process and details of eligibility criteria are here.



UCL Laws is funding two PhD studentships to commence in 2019/2020 covering fees for UK/EU or overseas students with a stipend of £18,000 per annum for three years plus an additional personal research allowance (PRA) of £750 per annum for three years.

Successful candidates may write up their thesis during a completing research status year – however, please note that there is no funding available for this additional year.

We are particularly interested in ensuring our PhD students come from diverse backgrounds, and welcome applications from high quality candidates from BAME and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Two 3-year PhD studentships are available at UCL Faculty of Laws for two enthusiastic students interested in the following areas:

  • The Philosophical Foundations of Contractual Duress, supervised by Dr Prince Saprai
  • Copyright Law and the Challenges of the Digital Age, supervised by Dr Daniela Simone
  • Non-Appearance before International Courts and Tribunals, supervised by Dr Danae Azaria

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on 4th July 2019.

For more information, including details of eligibility criteria and the application process, visit the studentship page here.