Call for Papers: 2010 AALS Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA

The AALS Section on Law and Computers invites you to submit a request to present on the topic of “Law and Wikis” at the Section’s session at the 2010 AALS Annual Meeting, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 6-10, 2010.

This panel will explore the interaction between law and wiki technologies, including Wikipedia. Example topics might include:

  • Ownership of content created using wikis
  • Who (if anyone) is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of wiki-generated content?
  • Wikipedia governance structures
  • Should the legal regulation of wikis differ from other Internet communications technologies?
  • Wikis and deliberative democracy
  • The use of wikis in legal pedagogy

Selected speakers must submit a paper to AALS prior to the Annual Meeting for posting to the AALS website; those papers may be accepted for publication in other venues so long as the paper is not published before the Annual Meeting. The Section hopes to place the group of selected speakers’ papers in a to-be-designated law journal.  Selected speakers must bear their own travel and conference registration expenses.

How to Apply: Please email your presentation proposal to the section chair, Professor Eric Goldman (, Santa Clara University School of Law, no later than April 6, 2009, noon Pacific time. Proposals should include name, professional title, professional affiliation(s), contact information, presentation title, short abstract (less than 500 words please), estimated length of the paper, and (if applicable) any information about the paper’s publication status. Abstracts will be reviewed by a working group of the AALS Law & Computers Section, and selected speakers will be contacted no later than April 25, 2009.