Call for Panelists: 2019 AALS Intellectual Property Program—The Realpolitik of IP

Call for Panelists: 2019 AALS Intellectual Property Program—The Realpolitik of IP

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 8:30am–10:15am
New Orleans, LA
AALS Annual Meeting
Section on Intellectual Property Law


  • Abstract submission deadline:  Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Notification of acceptancess:  Friday, August 31, 2018


The AALS Section on Intellectual Property is pleased to invite faculty members to submit an abstract of a presentation on realpolitik in intellectual property. Those selected will present their research during a panel to be held as one part of the Section program at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The panel, co-sponsored by AALS’s section on legislation & law of the political process, will take place at 8:30am on January 9, 2018.

The goal of this panel is to explore pragmatic considerations that influence the creation, debate, and implementation of intellectual property reform proposals into law, regulation, and policy. The panelists will address issues of political economy, legislative bargaining, executive branch agenda-setting, and implications for bilateral and multilateral coordination. The panel will be selected to address a range of topics across intellectual property from diverse viewpoints. In keeping with the 2019 Annual Meeting theme, Building Bridges, the Section’s executive committee hopes to make this panel a productive conversation about how competing visions and priorities in IP can result in social consensus.

Interested full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are invited to submit an abstract (up to of one page) to Professor Guy Rub, Chair of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property, at by August 3, 2018. Selected presenters will be notified by August 31, 2018. The Committee plans to invite panelists from, but not exclusively from, those who respond to this call. Each panelist will be responsible for paying his/her annual meeting registration fee and other expenses.

Please direct questions to Professor Rub at or to Professor Ann Bartow, Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property, at

Call for Panelists: 2019 AALS Intellectual Property Program—IP Exhaustion and Post-Sale Restrictions

Call for Panelists: 2019 AALS Intellectual Property Program—IP Exhaustion and Post-Sale Restrictions

Friday, January 4, 2019, 10:30am–12:15pm
New Orleans, LA
AALS Annual Meeting
Section on Intellectual Property Law


  • Abstract submission deadline:  Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Notification of acceptancess:  Friday, August 31, 2018


The AALS Section on Intellectual Property is pleased to invite faculty members to submit an abstract of a presentation on IP exhaustion and post-sale restrictions. Those selected will present their research during a panel to be held as part of the section program at the 2019 AALS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The panel will take place on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:30. IP exhaustion has been heavily litigated in recent years including twice in the past five years before the Supreme Court: Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons in 2012 and Impression Products v. Lexmark International in 2017.

The goal of this panel is to explore the open questions, challenges, and opportunity, following those decisions. Indeed, the decisions settled some open questions, including by establishing an international exhaustion regime in both copyright law and patent law. However, many related questions were left unanswered, especially concerning the ability of IP right-holders to establish and enforce post-sale restrictions notwithstanding the principles of exhaustion. Such open questions include, for example, what restrictions can be imposed by establishing licensing or lending arrangements instead of sales, and how courts should distinguish those transactions? To what degree other legal tools, such as contracts law or private property law, can be used to establish post-sale restrictions? Can trademark law restrict grey-market importation, now that copyright and patent law cannot? How, if at all, should exhaustion be applied in the digital space? The panel will be selected to address those and other questions across intellectual property law from diverse viewpoints.

Interested full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are invited to submit an abstract (up to of one page) to Professor Guy Rub, Chair of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property, at by August 3, 2018. Selected presenters will be notified by August 31, 2018. The Committee plans to invite panelists from, but not exclusively from, those who respond to this call. Each panelist will be responsible for paying his/her annual meeting registration fee and other expenses.

Please direct questions to Professor Rub at or to Professor Ann Bartow, Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property, at

Call for Papers: 2019 AALS Internet & Computer Law Program—Cyborgs and the Law

Call for Papers: 2019 AALS Internet & Computer Law Program—Cyborgs and the Law

AALS Annual Meeting
January 2–6, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Section on Internet and Computer Law (program dates TBD)


  • Paper submission deadline:  Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Paper submission contact:  Christina Mulligan,
  • Notification of acceptances:  Friday, September 7, 2018


The Section on Internet and Computer Law is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one additional presenter will be selected for the section’s program on The Internet of Bodies: Cyborgs and the Law, to be held during the AALS 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans in January 2019.

Panel topic description

Forget networked toasters — Internet-connected devices are increasingly being integrated into human bodies, for medical, experimental, and expressive purposes. How will the legal issues surrounding the “Internet of Bodies” differ from the “Internet of Things”? How should regulatory agencies approach these phenomena? What inspires people to “hack” their own bodies? These issues and more will be explored by a diverse panel of legal and non-legal scholars.

Form and length of submission

The paper may be anywhere from 10,000 words to 35,000 words, including text and footnotes, with a preference for papers under 20,000 words in length. It should be a law review article or symposium piece.

Submission method and due date

Papers should be submitted electronically to Christina Mulligan at The due date for submission is Friday, August 10, 2018.

Submission review:

Papers will be selected after review by members of the Executive Committee of the Section. The author of the selected paper will be notified by Friday, September 7, 2018. Call for Paper presenters (like other law school panelists) will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

Call for Papers: 2018 SOLAIR Conference: Society, Law, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics (Czech Academy of Sciences)

2018 SOLAIR Conference: International Harmonization of Private Law with Regard to Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Autonomous Robotics

September 5–6, 2018
Czech Academy of Sciences
Národní 3, Prague, Czech Republic


  • Website:
  • Abstract Submission:
  • Abstract Deadline:  August 1, 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance:  August 10, 2018
  • Final Paper Deadline:  September 20, 2018
  • Fees:  The conference fee is 1.500,- CZK (approximately 60 EUR or 70 USD) for both speakers and delegates. The conference fee includes participation at all panels, coffee-lunch buffets and conference materials. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation. Participants need to make self-arrangements.


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent autonomous robotics represent current trends in innovation that start to pervade our lives. Characteristics of intelligent autonomous software and machines, such as decrease or even absence of human control over certain processes, inexplicability of automated decisions as well as their unpredictability to a certain degree, pose specific challenges to law. Given the widespread use of these technologies, experts from various countries have already started discussions on adapting laws on national levels. A world-wide discussion is needed in order to guide a safe and responsible use of these technologies. The aim of this conference is to facilitate a discussion on how harmonized legal rules can promote trust and acceptance of AI and intelligent autonomous robotics in the society. The conference discussions should reflect on issues outlined in the Proposal submitted by the Czech Republic on artificial intelligence that was discussed during the 97th session of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and will be discussed during the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (A/CN.9/960).

We seek abstracts of papers focused on the legal issues related to AI and intelligent autonomous robotics namely, but not limited to, in the areas of liability (both contracts and torts), due diligence, consumer protection, competition law, protection of personal rights and privacy, intellectual property issues, commercial transactions, employment law, cybersecurity, and the very status of AI/intelligent autonomous robots. Contributions containing international comparative analysis are highly welcome.

The conference should bring together academics as well as official representatives of states and form a basis for future work in the area of international harmonization of private law. Presented papers should provide an initial analysis of respective issues. We presume publication of conference papers based on an accepted and presented abstract after the conference by the end of 2018 in the form of an open access e-book. Final papers are due after the conference in order to enable authors to benefit from the discussions during the conference.


Technology Policy Institute: Quantifying the Digital Revolution

Quantifying the Digital Revolution

Thursday, July 12, 2018 12:00–2:30pm
The City Club of Washington
555 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004



The Digital Revolution and the proliferation of digital economy goods and services have been truly astonishing. However, what seems evident in daily life is not reflected in the nation’s GDP statistics. The value of “free goods” companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon produce is not included in GDP, which understates their contribution to economic welfare. As a result, true economic growth is also understated and the rate of inflation overstated. Policy makers rely on these important indicators to formulate monetary and fiscal policy.

New research by Charles Hulten and Leonard Nakamura addresses this issue, explaining that many of the benefits of the information available over the internet are targeted directly at consumers and therefore bypass GDP. Thus, conventional measures of GDP miss much of the consumer welfare created by such technological innovations.

Join the Technology Policy Institute and a panel of experts to discuss these and other new ideas aimed at quantifying the digital revolution.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ana Aizcorbe, Senior Research Economist, US Bureau of Economic Analysis
  • Carol Corrado, Senior Advisor and Research Director, Economics Program, The Conference Board
  • Shane Greenstein, Martin Marshall Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Charles Hulten, Professor Emeritus of Economics, University of Maryland, and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Leonard Nakamura, Vice President and Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Register today to attend!


Call for Submissions: Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop (Fordham Law)

Second Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop

November 9, 2018
Fordham University School of Law
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023



Jointly organized by the Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School and the Center for Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, and generously sponsored by Microsoft, the Workshop offers privacy scholars from diverse fields the opportunity to receive extensive and detailed constructive commentary on their works in progress.

We invite submissions on a variety of privacy-related topics from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, social science, computer science, engineering, communications, and public policy.

The Workshop format is designed to facilitate discussion and commentary on early stage papers, or papers that can benefit from substantial feedback. Therefore, we will give preference to papers that are sufficiently developed to be read and critiqued, but not yet submitted for publication. There will be no presentations at the Workshop; rather, only brief commentary from a lead commentator and feedback from participants. All participants and attendees are asked to read the papers ahead of time and stay for the entire Workshop.

We ask all prospective participants — whether you are submitting a paper, volunteering to serve as a commentator, or hoping to attend as an active participant (limited availability) — to complete the online submission form.

Program Committee

  • Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University, Department of Computer Science
  • Helen Nissenbaum, NYU Steinhardt and Cornell Tech
  • Frank Pasquale, University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Joel R. Reidenberg, Fordham University School of Law (co-Chair)
  • Kathy Strandburg, NYU School of Law
  • Joe Turow, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication
  • Ari Ezra Waldman, New York Law School (co-Chair)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Ari at

CFP: Conference on Limitations on Trademark Rights

Call for Papers: Limitations on Trademark Rights from Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Co-organized by the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the NYU School of Law

January 7–8, 2019
Law and Technology Center
University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law



The Law and Technology Center at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at New York University School of Law will next year co-sponsor a conference on limitations on trademark rights. The conference will bring together scholars from around the world to explore the nature and scope of those limitations from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong on January 7-8, 2019.

The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) sets no minimum standards for limitations on trademark rights, such as fair use and exhaustion. At the domestic level, the courts in various jurisdictions have adopted conflicting opinions on how to decide cases involving such limitations  (e.g., nominative fair use). Comparative studies are therefore useful in understanding the differing legal standards for the limitations on trademark rights adopted in different jurisdictions. Moreover, conventional wisdom largely justifies trademark rights limitations from free speech or market competition perspectives, with other theoretical approaches such as social and cultural studies enjoying limited application in considering the nature and scope of those limitations. Against this backdrop, the conference organizers welcome submissions of papers developing new thoughts and theories on limitations on trademark rights by examining them through a comparative or interdisciplinary lens.

The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob will deliver the conference’s keynote speech, and a number of leading trademark scholars have already agreed to present papers. A limited number of presentation slots have also been reserved for scholars to be selected through this call for papers. Both senior and junior scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts of the papers they intend to present. Abstracts will be selected based on scholarly merit and originality.

Please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) to Ms. Grace Chan at by September 14, 2018. The submission should also include your name, position, institutional affiliation and e-mail address.

All applicants will be informed of the selection outcome by October 2, 2018. Financial support is available for scholars who experience difficulty obtaining a sufficient travel grant from their institution.

All conference enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Grace Chan at the above e-mail address or at (+852) 3917-4727.

Geneva Cybersecurity Law & Policy Conference: What Civil Liability for Cyberattacks? (University of Geneva)

Geneva Cybersecurity Law & Policy Conference: What Civil Liability for Cyberattacks?

June 21, 2018, 9am–5pm
University of Geneva
Room R080
Boulevard du Pont-d’Arve 40
1211 Geneva 4
Geneva, Switzerland



The Geneva Cybersecurity Law & Policy Conference, organized in the framework of a research project between the University of Geneva and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, aims at presenting selected legal and policy aspects of cybersecurity in a crosscutting approach.

The following topics will be covered and discussed:

  • Civil liability for cyber-attacks : selected issues and challenges.
  • Data Protection and Cybersecurity Breaches : What Risks of Liability ?
  • Risk management: What standard of care for victims of cyberattacks?
  • The Future of Cybersecurity: Artificial Intelligence and other Challenges.


The conference will take place on June 21, 2018, at the University of Geneva (Room R080) from 9.00 am until 5 pm. For more information, you can send an e-mail to


9.00 Welcome Address
Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva

Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Prof. and Vice-rector Jacques de Werra, University of Geneva

 Morning session

Prof. Christopher Bavitz, Harvard University

Civil liability for cyber-attacks: selected issues and challenges

9.20 Cybersecurity damages and private law: mapping the challenges 
Prof. Guy Pessach, Cyber Security Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
9.40 Interactions between civil and criminal liability for cybercrimes under Swiss Law
Prof. Damian K. Graf, Kalaidos Law School & University of Zurich
10.00 What insurance against cyber-attacks? 

Navid Kimia, Head of Specialties Romandie, Zurich Assurance

10.20 Coffee break
10.40 Cybersecurity liability in the US: trends and perspectives
Prof. Stacey L Dogan, Cybersecurity Alliance, Boston University
11.00 Economics of cybersecurity

Dr. Michael Kende, Senior Advisor, Analysys Mason & Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Data Protection and Cybersecurity Breaches: What Risks of Liability?

11.20 Swiss Perspectives

Dr. David Vasella, Attorney at law, Walder Wyss, Lecturer University of Zurich

11.40 Israeli Perspectives

Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Israeli Privacy Protection Authority

12.00 EU / GDPR perspectives

Olivier Matter, European Data Protection Supervisor

12.20 Discussion followed by lunch break

Afternoon session

Dr. Yaniv Benhamou, Lecturer University of Geneva, Attorney at law, Lenz & Staehelin

Risk management: What standard of care for victims of cyber-attacks?

14.00 Risk mitigation and management strategies – legal framework and challenges

Dr. Michel Jaccard, Attorney at law, id est avocats

14.20 Standards in the banking and financial industry
Kim-Andree Potvin
14.40 Regulating autonomous cars: a technology oriented legal approach

Gadi Perl, Cyber Security Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

15.00 Standards in the software industry: what role of the Geneva Digital Convention?
Jean-Yves ArtSenior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
15.20 Coffee break

The Future of Cybersecurity: Artificial Intelligence and other Challenges

Panel discussion (additionnal speakers to be confirmed)

15.40 Introduction and moderation of the panel by Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform



CFP: 2018 Speed Conference on Algorithmic Governance in an Accelerated Age (Cornell Tech)

2018 Speed Conference

September 28–29, 2018
Cornell Tech
2 W Loop Rd
New York, NY 10044


  • Website:
  • Abstract Submission:  To apply, email an abstract of approximately 250 words.
  • Submission Deadline:  June 25, 2018
  • Notification of Decisions:  July 9, 2018
  • Position Papers Deadline:  September 7, 2018


Algorithmic oversight is one of the fundamental defining policy problems of our age. Two dimensions of the problem are well appreciated. One is scale, as captured by the pithy phrase Big Data: computers work with datasets far beyond human capacity to gather and process. Another is complexity:  computers can develop strategies and derive conclusions that are not easily explained to humans. Alone and together, scale and complexity have unsettling implications for privacy, employment, due process, anti-discrimination, and other important social values.

But there is a third and equally important dimension to algorithmic oversight, one that has gone comparatively unnoticed: speed. The characteristic time-scales of human decision-making range from years (for democratic deliberations) to a few hundred milliseconds (for instinctual reactions). But software is capable of making decisions far faster: in a matter of microseconds. This mismatch poses serious technical challenges and even deeper ones for managing and responding to algorithmic actions. When an algorithm acts so much faster than any human can react, familiar forms of oversight become infeasible.

Speed has been a longstanding, hallmark virtue of digital life. Competitors vie to have the fastest operating systems, the fastest search results, the fastest network links, the fastest everything. Digital products and services will speed business processes and everyday life; they will make us faster and more efficient. But is speed always a virtue when delegating decisions and control to AI in areas of individual and social life that may have direct and profound impacts on quality of life and on the ethical and political values guiding individual actions and societal institutions? If the ideal relation of human to algorithm, or human to AI is one of collaboration rather than abdication, how do we reckon with the question of velocity?

Thinkers and makers from a wide variety of fields are grappling with the problem of algorithmic speed and looking for ways to realign high-speed computer systems with the human capacity to understand and direct them appropriately. Robot builders program delays into robots that will interact socially with humans, so that their reaction times are not uncannily quick. Online platforms have complex algorithmic filters that act automatically and immediately on some uploads and flag others for more deliberate human review; so do network anti-intrusion systems. Financial regulators are trying to eliminate unfair market advantages by making some kinds of trading move as fast as algorithmically possible while slowing others down.

These conversations, however, are mostly taking place in silos, in relative isolation from one another. There is not yet a broad understanding that these different fields are all confronting similar issues and can learn from each others’ experience. This unification is well underway when it comes to scale and complexity. But for speed, it has been, well, slower. We think that the time is ripe for an interdisciplinary academic conference to put speed on the agenda.

Chaired by James Grimmelman and Helen Nissenbaum, this 1.5-day conference will explore the challenges of algorithmic governance in an accelerated age. Participants will be drawn from information science; law; computer science and electrical engineering; communications; economics and finance; philosophy; science and technology studies; and other disciplines. They will discuss current, forthcoming, and potential changes in algorithmic speed in their respective domains and techniques for avoiding, detecting, mitigating, and responding to speed-abetted algorithmic mistakes and abuses.

Confirmed Speakers

Helen Nissenbaum, Cornell Tech

James Grimmelman, Cornell Tech

Wendy Ju, Cornell Tech

Andrea Matwyshyn, Northeastern University

Steven Jackson, Cornell University

Kate Klonick, St John’s University

Mike Ananny, University of Southern California

Mary “Missy” Cummings, Duke University

Call for Papers

We invite proposals to speak at Speed. We anticipate accepting approximately 10-12 proposals, with no preset allocation among topics or disciplines.

Proposals may be based around one of the six research tracks: warfare, financial markets, labor and manufacturing, autonomous vehicles, information security, and content moderation. Or they can combine more than one of the tracks — or develop an entirely different one. We welcome anything on the conference theme.

Proposals may be rooted in any academic discipline or disciplines, including but hardly limited to computer science, engineering, physics, biology, law, information science, design, communications, economics and finance, political science, philosophy, science and technology studies, history, anthropology, and psychology. Or they may come from professional practice in technology, journalism, the military, public policy, medicine, or business. We welcome proposals from anyone with something to contribute to the conversation.

Accepted speakers will have approximately 20-30 minutes to present their ideas and will then engage in substantive discussion with their co-panelists. Speakers will be asked to provide short (~5,000 words) position papers laying out a significant issue in their area and linking it to their presentation. Position papers may be written specifically for the conference, drawn from previous work, or offered as works in progress. Based on the papers we receive, we may with the permission of the authors seek an appropriate academic publication venue for the collection. All accepted speakers will be provided with transportation to and from New York and lodging while here.

To apply, email an abstract of approximately 250 words by 25 June 2018. Applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by 09 July 2018.

Speed is intended to be an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse event. We expect all participants to behave with collegiality. Harassment will not be tolerated.

CFP: Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Conference—IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy, and Practice (UNH Law)

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Conference
IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy, and Practice

October 25–26, 2018
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
Concord, NH


  • Website:  TBD
  • Abstract Deadline:  July 15, 2018


The Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law and the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice invite IP scholars, policy makers, and social activists to submit paper and project proposals for presentation at the Fourth Annual IP Mosaic Roundtable Conference, which will be held on October 25-26, 2018.

The theme of the Fourth Annual Mosaic Roundtable Conference is IP Unbundled: Theory, Policy and Practice.  In the global information age, IP rights affect all aspects of life, and it is crucial that our laws, first crafted in the eighteenth century, protect consumers and the public as well as producers and distributers.  Intellectual property regimes play a critical role in human development, socio-economic empowerment, and the preservation and promotion of social justice. Many IP regimes, however, have been structured or interpreted to reflect only the interests of an entrenched status quo; socially cognizant IP theses are often ignored or rejected as tangential or antithetical to commoditization-centered theories of IP protection. At the Mosaic Conference, a diverse collective of academics, policy leaders and activists will convene to consider and critique intra and extrajudicial means of disrupting and dissecting traditional notions of IP protection.

The deadline for submitting paper and project abstracts (no more than 500 words) is July 15, 2018. Submit to Professor Tuneen Chisolm at, with subject line “IP Mosaic Submission — [Last Name]. A detailed conference program will be distributed in the coming weeks. For more information in the interim, please contact Professor Tonya M. Evans at