Tsinghua University School of Law presents the 2nd International Forum on Computational Law Digital Economy Governance and Legal Tech Innovation Sept. 21–22, 2019. Abstracts were due yesterday, July 22, 2019.
The Graduate Tax Program at the University of California, Irvine School of Law will host its 2nd UCI/Lavar Taylor Tax Symposium on Feb. 24, 2020. The deadline for presentation proposals is September 23, 2019.
The theme this year is Machine Intelligence and the Changing Nature of Tax Practice. For more information, please see the invitation.
The Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA), University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, presents
Surpass IRN – Fair and Non-Discriminatory Access to Financial Services Sept. 26–27, 2019. Paper proposals are due June 3, 2019.
the conference welcomes proposals from scholars whose research focus in financial services, consumer protection, insurance and tort law enable them to address one of the most important challenges of our time: the access to financial services for vulnerable categories of consumers, without hindering business freedom. The conference welcomes both theoretical and empirical legal research, in order to understand and highlight the challenges existing in reality with real life examples.
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law hosts Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education on September 26-28, 2019.
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host an interdisciplinary conference entitled “Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global September 26-28, 2019. The Center invites submissions for panels, papers, art, or other presentation formats from advocates and scholars of any discipline, Send project descriptions by July 15, 2019 to Sarah Eliason. For more information see the Center’s conference page.
The Northern Illinois University College of Law will host the Second Annual Chicagoland Junior Scholars Conference at Loyola University Chicago School of Law on Friday, September 27, 2019. This conference will offer junior scholars (those who have spent 7 years or fewer as full-time professors) the opportunity to present their works-in-progress, to receive feedback from their colleagues, including senior faculty, and to network with other legal scholars from the Chicago area and beyond. Articles may be presented at various stages of development.
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit a working title and abstract of 200-300 words to LeAnn Baie (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 28, 2019.
Selected authors will be notified by July 15, 2019. Final papers will be due no later than September 6, 2019. There is no registration fee for this conference. Meals will be provided. Email Prof. Sarah Fox at email@example.com with questions.
To honor the sesquicentennial of the Judiciary Act of 1869 that established nine as the number of
Justices to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, Elon Law Review invites submissions for a
symposium exploring how our High Court is affected by the circumstances of contemporary America.
The symposium will be held on September 27, 2019, at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro,
Proposals for participation can be from perspectives as broad as political, socio-economic, critical, historical, ideological, organizational and reputational. An abstract of the scholarly paper to be presented should be submitted not later than February 28, 2019, to the Elon Law Review symposium editors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Accepted proposals will be organized into panels around common themes at the symposium. Papers will be due by September 1, 2019, for presentation at the September 27, 2019, symposium and publication in the symposium issue of the Elon Law Review in 2020.
Read the full call here.
Stanford Law, the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), Stanford Program in Law and Society and Queen’s University Faculty of Law is hosting a symposium on ‘Borders: Laws of Physical and Conceptual Space’ on March 6-7, 2020. The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 30, 2019.
For more information, please see the Call for Papers here.
The Journal of Corporate Finance will publish a special issue “Corporate Failures: Declines, Collapses, and Scandals.” The call for papers is included below. The deadline for submission is Sept. 30, 2019.
Special Issue of Journal of Corporate Finance – Corporate Failures: Declines, Collapses, and Scandals
29 Feb 2020, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
Rebel A. Cole
College of Business, Florida Atlantic University (US)
College of Business, Florida Atlantic University (US)
John Molson School of Business, Concordia University (CA)
AIMS AND SCOPE:
Corporate failures resulting from financial instability or scandal have serious negative consequences for all stakeholders, including employees, business partners, investors, creditors, auditors, regulators, capital markets, and society at large. The impact is even more severe when these events happen concurrently with economic stress, such as during the recent financial crisis, or when they occur on an industry wide basis, such as with the diesel emission scandal. This can lead to widespread negative effects in a particular country, or even unfold contagion effects across countries and industries. Furthermore, the effects of these events are usually profound, and can range from long-lasting negative reputational damage to the collapse of entire industries.
Establishing a clear understanding of the drivers of corporate failure is key. Unfortunately, the task has been overly challenging for researchers, partly because of misconceptions about how exactly to define it. Corporate failure has generally been deemed the cessation of operations by a corporation due to involvement in court procedures, or voluntary actions such as bankruptcy. We believe in taking a somewhat broader view of corporate failure, whereby a firm may be considered a failure if it does not meet particular objectives set forth by shareholders, stakeholders, and management. This type of failure is often linked with various agency problems, ineffective corporate governance, and misplaced incentives.
Some recent scandals and corporate failures of large corporations have underscored the impact on the capital market and society as a whole. They have highlighted the need for regulators to rethink regulatory frameworks and enforcement, and for corporations to rework their organizational structures and business ethics. For example, the financial industry appears especially prone to scandals, even after the hard lessons of the financial crises. Several large global banks, including Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, Santander, JPMorgan, and Commerzbank, were involved in one of the largest tax evasion trading schemes in history, referred to as “cum-ex,” where bank clients falsely claimed multiple tax rebates on capital gains taxes. This resulted in treasury costs of about Euro 55.2bn. Similarly, major banks were accused of committing fraud and collusion in their rate submissions to LIBOR, which is the underlying for many derivatives and contracts, including mortgages.
However, even the perceived saviors in the finance arena called “Fintech” have disrupted the industry itself by increasing the margin pressure on established banks. Margin pressure was cited as the primary reason behind Wells Fargo’s recent scandal, where the bank charged over 800,000 customers for unwanted auto insurance. And Fintechs also seem to have become victims of their own success and high growth. For example, shares of the financial service provider Wirecard dropped by 25% on January 30, 2019, after it was accused of using forged contracts in multiple suspicious transactions.
Another example is the rise of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). This less regulated form of crowdsales, created to raise funds through a blockchain by selling venture-related tokens or coins in exchange for legal tender or cryptocurrencies, garnered enormous attention during 2017 and 2018. ICOs ultimately raised tens of billions of dollars. Unfortunately, according to Statis Group, about 80% of the transactions completed in 2017 have been identified as scams.
TOPICS: All of these recent events have raised fundamental questions that will be addressed in this special issue. We welcome the submission of research papers on the following topics:
– What problems are associated with current insider trading regulations, and how can we improve the regulatory framework (e.g., penalties for breaking the law) to ensure effective enforcement of current laws?
– What are the direct and indirect detection mechanisms for illegal insider trading? What is an optimal and reliable detection policy?
– What ethical and economic issues are associated with insider trading, and how do they interact?
– How do accounting scandals affect firm, market, and investor confidence? What are the most effective methods to restore investor confidence after a major corporate scandal?
– What aspects of corporate governance structures and executive compensation schemes encourage or prevent managers from engaging in fraudulent or deceptive conduct?
– How do disclosure-disciplining mechanisms in general, and shareholder litigation in particular, mitigate the problem of illegal or unethical insider behavior? What are the problems associated with the current laws, and what potential new regulations could improve the regulatory framework?
– How does a firm’s corporate governance structure impact illegal tax evasion behavior? And how do managerial incentives (versus shareholder value maximization) motivate tax avoidance behavior?
– What are the economic impacts of tax evasion on firm value, and how does it differ among countries with different legal and cultural environments?
– How do offshore intermediaries help firms evade taxes and violate regulations? What potential channels could improve regulation?
– What are the most effective detection mechanisms to uncover tax evasion? And how does detection probability affect their use by firms?
HIGH FREQUENCY TRADING:
– What are the positive and negative impacts of HFT and algorithmic trading on the equity market?
– What problems are associated with the current and suggested regulations on HFT (e.g., a per trade tax, implementation of fees, restricting the number of cancelled orders, etc.)? How can we improve HFT regulations in order to block potential channels for financial misconduct?
– What are the potential ethical/legal problems arising from the use of sophisticated and high-speed computer programs for generating, routing, and executing orders? How does it affect investor confidence (and also fairness perception) in financial markets?
INITIAL COIN OFFERINGS AND CRYPTO ASSETS:
– What legal issues are associated blockchain-based coins and tokens?
– What are the potential channels for digital currency scams, and how can the regulatory framework be improved to mitigate the problem?
– What are the benefits and costs associated with crypto assets?
– How should the Initial Coin Market be regulated?
DETAILS OF PAPER SUBMISSION AND DUE DATE:
Interested contributors should submit preferably full papers (only in English), but extended abstracts (1,000 to 1,500 words) may also be considered if they show considerable promise no later than September 30, 2019. Papers are submitted to the attention of the Guest Editors Rebel Cole (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sofia Johan (email@example.com), and Denis Schweizer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject heading: “Corporate Failures: Declines, Collapses and Scandals.”
Based on these drafts, the Guest Editors in consultation with the Scientific Committee Members will select manuscripts that are most likely to result in first-rate, high-impact publications. Authors will be notified on or before November 30, 2019 if their papers are accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Corporate Failures: Declines, Collapses and Scandals that will be held the College of Business, Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, U.S.) February 29, 2020. Following the conference, authors will be invited to revise their papers based on the Guest Editors’ comments and those from the discussants and conference participants. Authors will then be asked to submit their revised version through the journal portal (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-corporate-finance/) by August 1, 2020, to be peer-reviewed by two anonymous referees based on Guest Editors recommendation. Journal of Corporate Finance General Editors will make final decisions. After the normal review process, we expect to publish the Special Issue during the second half of 2021.
The International Conference on Corporate Failures: Declines, Collapses and Scandals will be conjointly organized by John Molson School of Business (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada) and Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, U.S.)
Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice is proud to convene and organise, together with the Law, Literature and the Humanities Association of Australasia (LLHAA) and the Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand (LSAANZ), the 2019 LLHAA conference and the 2019 LSAANZ conference, respectively titled JurisApocalypse Now! Law in End Times (Dec. 2–5, 2019) and Survive. Thrive. Die. Law in End Times (Dec. 5–7, 2019). The conference will be at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus, in Bilinga, Queensland. Abstracts are due
July 31, 2019. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31, 2019. DEADLINE EXTENDED AGAIN TO SEPT. 30, 2019.
The two conferences, although distinct and separate, are nonetheless connected by a shared overarching theme, and are articulated around a shared Postgraduate Day. Scholars are invited, in a profoundly interdisciplinary manner, to participate in either or both conferences.
The Department of Law at the University of Zagreb issues a call for proposals for the first “Zagreb International Conference on the Law of Obligations” to be held in Zagreb, Croatia from Dec. 12-13, 2019. The deadline for proposals is Oct. 1, 2019.
The conference welcomes proposals from scholars and practitioners in the field of the law of obligations. Proposals should be submitted with an abstract not exceeding 500 words, using the form available on the conference website, no later than October 1, 2019. Proposals should be related to one of the topics of the conference:
1. Croatian Law of Obligations in Comparative Law Context
2. New Codifications of the Law of Obligations in Central and Southeast Europe
3. The National Law of Obligations under the Influence of the EU Law
4. The Contemporary Challenges to the Law of Obligations
5. Towards the 40 years of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods: the CISG’s Autonomy and the National Sales Laws.
The Federal Reserve System, the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) present the seventh annual Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference Oct. 1–2, 2019, at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The deadline for abstracts or completed papers is May 31, 2019.
The American University Business Law Review (AUBLR) invites submissions for its fall symposium, to be held Oct. 1, 2019, in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Counsel. The symposium will explore the role of the general counsel in a modern corporation. Submissions are due by Aug. 1, 2019. For details, see AUBLR-Call-for-Papers
In addition, the editors are accepting papers for other issues in Vol. 9 (2019–20).
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation issues a call for proposals to advance health equity in America; their Policies for Action program will award up to six grants for early-career investigators. The deadline is Oct. 2, 2019.
Grants will be for a period of up to two years, and for an amount of up to $250,000.
To advance equitable and inclusive policies, we need greater diversity in policy and law research. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program is launching a new funding and mentorship opportunity for early-career policy researchers. We seek historically underrepresented, post-doctoral scholars to study existing policies and law reform so everyone may have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life.
Our program features leading lawyers, organizers, scholars, and tech workers, all of whom have engaged creative strategies to combat exploitative AI systems across a wide range of contexts, from automated allocation of social services, to policing and border control, to worker surveillance and exploitation, and well beyond.
We look forward to sharing the stories of those at the forefront, drawing on their insight and experience as we work together to ensure that AI is accountable to the people whose lives it most affects.
The Symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, visit the website.
The AIDA Europe Scientific Committee, invites the submission of academic papers for the 8th AIDA Europe Conference to be held in Lisbon, Portugal on October 3-4, 2019.
This conference will bring legal scholars and practitioners together, so as to explore and discuss the legal and regulatory issues emerging from the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD), hence the topic of the call. Invited speakers will present papers which will provide insights into the legal developments affecting both (re)insurance communities and society in Europe. The goal is to provide information on recent developments in the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive, and, in doing so, to also provide a forum for debating and developing the law and policy in this newly emerging legal field.
We welcome theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented papers. We invite legal academics (including Ph.D. students) and legal practitioners to submit their manuscripts on a topic that explores any aspect of the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD).
The intersection of the Insurance Distribution Directive with other EU Directives/Regulation, International Principles and standards, or other subjects and areas of law (e.g. risk management, actuarial, economics, accounting, sociology, real estate, criminal law, etc.) is also welcome.
AIDA SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE AWARD FOR YOUNG AUTHORS The AIDA Europe Scientific Committee invites students and young academics / practitioners who are no more than 35 years old, to submit their abstracts of prospective papers for potential selection for the book and the award. Three papers from any area of the IDD will be selected for award and presentation and their authors will be waived the costs of conference fees and will be awarded the costs of economy class flights plus those of 2 nights of accommodation.
Read the full call, including submission procedure, here. Abstracts are due March 31, 2019.