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  1. Dear colleagues,

    Please find below, as well as attached, the call for papers for a postgraduate law conference to be held at the University of Edinburgh on 2-3 December 2013. The theme of the conference is “Law, Individual, Community” and the deadline for abstracts is August 15.

    We would very much appreciate your help in disseminating information about the conference on your blog. Please forward this announcement to all those you think might be interested in attending.

    Many thanks in advance and best wishes,
    The Organising Committee
    Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference

    Call for Papers: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013

    Abstracts are invited for the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, to be held December 2-3, 2013 at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The conference aims to provide a forum for postgraduate students to present and receive feedback on their work and to network with other researchers working in their area.

    Conference theme

    The theme of the conference is “Law, Individual, Community”. We invite papers from all areas of law and related fields, including but not limited to commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, critical approaches to law, human rights, intellectual property law, international law, legal theory, and medical law. Possible topics of investigation include:
    § Liberalism versus communitarianism,

    § Problematizing the subject of law (the collective subject, sub-state subjects in international law etc.),

    § Rights and responsibilities, including group rights and indigenous peoples’ rights,

    § Law and the excluded,

    § Community and the welfare state,

    § The role and position of shareholders against the corporation,

    § Corporate social responsibility and corporate governance,

    § The principle of self-determination and sub-state territorial autonomy,

    § The rise of global governance,

    § Community interests and the protection of the environment,

    § Biobanking and participation in medical research,

    § Intellectual property rights and access to medicines.

    Keynote speakers

    The keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at LSE, and John Harris, Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester.

    Training component

    The conference will include three training sessions, seeking to offer participants advice on managing their PhDs, on publishing as early career researchers and on finding their niche in the academic job market.


    Prizes will be awarded for the best paper submitted and best presentation at the conference.

    Abstract submissions

    Abstracts of no more than 300 words and 3-5 keywords are to be submitted to, together with a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) on the author. The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by early September.

    More information

    More information on the conference can be found on our website:

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