Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public

Call for Papers:

New mass surveillance technologies are changing Fourth Amendment protections in public. Enhanced video cameras, GPS location devices, license plate readers, mobile body scanners, backscatter x-ray vans, facial recognition technology, drones, and satellite imaging, in combination, can all be directed at targeted geographic areas.  Combined with, or replacing, traditional “stop and frisk” or police surveillance tactics, these technologies have the potential to alter Fourth Amendment protections.  At the same time, intelligence-led policing strategies involving crime mapping and analysis have allowed law enforcement to identify areas of crime for targeted police intervention. This panel looks at the constitutional implications of these developments on the expectation of privacy.

Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit.  This call for papers is limited to those who have been teaching for six years or fewer as of July 1, 2012.  The due date for submission is August 15, 2012.  Any paper that has not yet been the subject of an offer of publication by August 15, 2012, is eligible for submission.

To facilitate anonymous review, please submit papers in electronic form to Professor Giovanna Shay ( The paper should have identifying information contained on a cover sheet only; the cover page will be removed before the paper is distributed for review. The cover sheet should also include the year you began law teaching and a statement that the paper has not yet received any offers of publication.

Contact Information:

Professor Giovanna Shay


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