The John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and the Department of Finance at the University of Delaware will host a Corporate Governance Symposium on March 17, 2020.
The Weinberg Center is accepting submissions for its John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Award competition. The deadline for submission is September 16, 2019.
The focus of the Symposium will be on “Critical Issues for Boards and Investors in 2020.”
Boston College Law School in Newton, MA will host the New England Consortium of Legal Writing Teachers (NECLWT) Annual Conference on Friday October 11, 2019.
Legal writing faculty are invited to submit proposals for the annual NECLWT conference this October. In an effort to make the theme very broad, our theme will be “Classroom Creativity.” Our goal is to encourage presentations to share new ideas on a broad range of topics:
- Your first-year or upper level legal writing classes and assignments
- Collaborations with other faculty
- Curriculum Design
- Connections with your local legal community
- Encouraging wellness both for your students and you.
We expect to have short (20-25 min) and long (45-60 min) sessions. We welcome joint proposals. Legal Writing faculty from across the United States and Canada are encouraged to submit proposals.
If you are interested in participating, please send the following information in a Word, Google document, or pdf to Jeffrey Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by midnight on Friday, September 20, 2019:
- Name(s) and contact information of presenter(s)
- Working title of presentation
- Brief description of the presentation
- Time needed
- Anticipated technology needs
Notification of acceptance will be sent the week of September 23rd.
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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.
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 (email@example.com), Sofia Johan (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Denis Schweizer (email@example.com) 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 Editorial Board of European State Aid Quarterly (EStAL) invites expert authors to submit their contributions on all areas related to State aid by Oct. 7, 2019.
Articles on the topics of:
- Regional aid
- Environmental protection
- Sectoral aid
- Ex-post evaluation
W encourage authors to write on all major areas of State aid law, economics and policy. Feel free to contact the editors by email to discuss proposals prior to submission. All articles will be subject to double blind peer-review before acceptance for publication. To guarantee EStAL‘s high-quality standards, all submissions are required to conform to the author guidelines available at: www.lexxion.eu/estal/author-guidelines.
The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is announces its 2020 annual conference: “Innovation and Protection: The Future of Medical Device Regulation.” The conference will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020.
This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with Timo Minssen, University of Copenhagen’s Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL); Nicholson Price, University of Michigan School of Law; and Christopher Robertson, James E. Rogers College of Law of the University of Arizona.
Medical devices have historically been less regulated than their drug and biologic counterparts. In the United States, the legislative framework regulating oversight of medical devices allows a moderate-risk device to be brought to market without evidence of safety or efficacy provided it is substantially equivalent to devices that were on the market in 1976—which themselves may have never been evaluated for safety or efficacy (often referred to ask the 510(k) pathway). Post-market surveillance is also less onerous than its pharmaceutical counterpart, with an “alternative summary reporting” program allowing manufacturers to avoid public reports of certain types of problems prior to this year.
If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but not later than October 14, 2019.
More information, including the full call is available here.
The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2020 annual conference: “Innovation and Protection: The Future of Medical Device Regulation,” which will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020. The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 14, 2019.
For more information on the conference and submission of papers, please see the Call for Papers here.
The University of Wisconsin invites internationally acclaimed scholars and advanced PhD candidates to submit abstracts for the Wisconsin International Law Scholars Conference (WILSC) on Climate Change and Human Rights to be held on April 2-3, 2020 as part of its Wisconsin International Law Journal annual programs. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Oct. 18, 2019.
For more information, please see the Call for Papers.
To further its mission of promoting the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses– individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law—the American Constitution Society is pleased to announce a call for papers for a workshop on public law to be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 in connection with the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The deadline for submission is October 18, 2019.
For more information, please see the Call for Papers.
The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) is pleased to invite submissions for its Fifth Workshop on Comparative Business and Financial Law to be held on February 7-8, 2020 at the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. The purpose of the workshop is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, commercial law, economics, finance, and securities.
The deadline to submit proposals is October 25, 2019. For more information, please see the Call for Papers.
TSQ (Transgender Studies Quarterly) welcomes submissions from 1000 to 5,000 words that engage in any of a wide range of methods, disciplines, lineages, and practices, including creative written or visual work, first person accounts, opinion pieces, manifestos, or policy statements on the subject “Trans in a Time of HIV/AIDS.”
Please send complete submissions by October 26, 2019. To submit a manuscript, please visit http://www.editorialmanager.com/tsq. If this is your first time using Editorial Manager, please register first, then proceed with submitting your manuscript. If you have any difficulties with the process, contact the journal at tsqjournal[@]gmail.com. All manuscripts must be double-spaced, including quotations and endnotes, and blinded throughout. You must also submit an abstract, keywords, and biographical note at the time of initial submission. Please visit the editorial office’s website for a detailed style guide. Questions for the editors of this issue may be addressed to Che Gossett (chegossett[@]gmail.com).
The Waikato Law Review is accepting submissions for Volume 27.
Volume 27 of the Waikato Law Review will have a special focus on Public International Law and submissions are invited regarding any aspect or subject area within the field of Public International Law.
The special focus of the 2020 issue of the journal reflects the Faculty’s research expertise and interest in this field generally (and within the areas of Antarctica, Armed Conflict, Foreign Investment, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law, International Trade, Law of the Sea, and Space Law in particular).
The submission deadline is October 31, 2019.
Questions may be addressed to Dr Trevor Daya-Winterbottom FRSA FRGS, Editor-in-Chief at: email@example.com
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: The Waikato Law Review encourages the publication of articles that align with the founding principles of Te Piringa – Faculty of Law: biculturalism, professionalism, and law in context. The Editorial Committee seeks articles that are timely and provide an original in-depth analysis of a topic.
Submitted papers must not have been published elsewhere (in electronic or print format) and must not be simultaneously under consideration by another journal or publishing company. Papers received are blind peer-reviewed and must receive a positive evaluation in order to be accepted for publication in the journal.
Articles should be within the range of 8,000-12,000 words including footnotes. Longer papers may be considered for publication in exceptional circumstances.
Comments on case law from superior courts or international courts and tribunals, or legislation should not exceed 8,000 words including footnotes.
CITATIONS: Papers submitted for consideration should comply with either the New Zealand Law Style Guide (available online at: http://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/) or OSCOLA 4th Edition.
FORM: Papers should be submitted by email in Microsoft Word format to the Editor-in-Chief (as per the email contact details below).
AUTHOR DETAILS: The title page of the paper should include the author’s name, academic and professional affiliations and any other relevant personal details (e.g. email address). Authors must also provide the Editor-in-Chief with their postal and email address details and telephone number for correspondence purposes when submitting their papers for consideration.
Mehera San Roque (University of New South Wales Law School), James Parker (Melbourne Law School), and Sara Ramshaw (University of Victoria Faculty of Law) are guest editing a Special Issue of Law Text Culture, entitled “The Acoustics of Justice: Law, Listening, Sound”. Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2019.
For more information, please see Call for Paper here.
The Second Draft Board of Editors invites submissions for the Spring 2020 issue on any topic related to legal writing and research. The board is flexible on submission length, although the typical range is 500 to 3,000 words.
Send submissions Word format by November 1, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org The email subject line and the file name of the Word document should appear like this: Last Name First Name Article Submission Issue Year
For more contact information: