Category Archives: Corporations

IP for Creative Upstarts

Date(s) of Conference:

November 9-10, 2012

Location:

Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program
Michigan State University College of Law
East Lansing, Michigan

Description:

This conference considers how law and policy can nurture diverse creative industries—”Creative Upstarts”—in the U.S. and abroad. “Creative Upstarts” encompass a range of commercial enterprises from independent artists and producers in developed countries to emerging content industries such as Nigeria’s “Nollywood,” Jamaican dancehall, Brazilian tecnobrega music, and Chinese digital publishing. Their interests have been overlooked in recent debates on intellectual property and information policy. This conference seeks to remedy that gap.

Contact Information:

Prof. Sean Pager
spager@law.msu.edu

http://www.law.msu.edu/creative/

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Call for Papers: Sustainable and Ethical Entrepreneurship, Corporate Finance and Governance, and Institutional Reform in China

Call for Papers:

China is an increasingly influential emerging country. Its impressive economic growth has elevated hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, and has therefore been hailed as one of the greatest achievements of modern history. The rise of China’s economy has been contributed by the private sectors where entrepreneurs have played a pivotal role. However, Chinese entrepreneurship was only enabled after institutional reforms began in the late 1970s. Since then, institutional reforms continued to facilitate and expand entrepreneurship in China by improving the business environment. As Chinese entrepreneurs become increasingly competitive, they will also become more dependent on external financial resources to fund their businesses. This increasing reliance on external capital will in turn enhance the demand for business ethics and corporate governance, since accountability and stewardship promotes confidence among outside investors. Thus, there is an interrelationship between entrepreneurship, corporate finance and governance, and institutional reform is crucial to China’s past, current and future economic development. The success of China’s economy so far warrants studies of these issues to acquire insights and inform the development of other emerging countries. This call of paper invites empirical studies on these issues that are specific to the Chinese setting and could provide useful policy implications.

Specific topics and research questions can include, but are not limited to:
– What kind of regulations or institutional reforms facilitates ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
– What kind of regulations or institutional reforms encourages venture capital, private equity, and capital market investment in ethical, sustainable and socially responsible entrepreneurship?
– Do business ethics and corporate governance mechanisms improve capital acquisition and reduce cost of capital for entrepreneurs?
– Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs perform better and what type of corporate financing approach or corporate governance mechanism improves their performance?
– What are the appropriate performance metrics for sustainable and ethical entrepreneurs?
– Do sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship lead to more successful IPO and better post-IPO performance?
– What factors exacerbate the frequency of fraud in private and publicly traded companies?
– What regulatory or governance tools mitigate the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
– Do political connections deter fraud and facilitate corporate transparency and corporate social responsibility?
– How do central and local governments encourage ethical investment in private and publicly traded companies?
– What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in mitigating the incidence of fraud among private and publicly traded companies?
– What is the role of different types of investors (such as private equity, hedge funds, banks, or institutional investors) in stimulating new firm creation, particularly those in socially responsible industries?
– How does ethical investment and fraud compare in China with other emerging economics, and what factors (legal, institutional, institutional, or cultural) affect these differences?

Papers are to be submitted to Douglas Cumming (dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca) by November 1, 2012.

Contact Information:

Douglas Cumming
dcumming@schulich.yorku.ca

http://www.chinadrcenter.org

NACD & BlackRock Call for Papers in Corporate Governance

Call for Papers:

To encourage thought leadership, develop the next generation of corporate leaders, and apply the latest in academic theory to business practice, BlackRock, in association with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), invites students (graduate and undergraduate) and Ph.D. researchers and faculty to submit original papers regarding the relationship between investors and public companies in the areas of corporate governance and responsible investment.

Important dates:

  •  Abstract submission due June 1, 2012, via e-mail to corporategovernance@blackrock.com
  •   Requirements: 500-word maximum, include a title, author’s name, contact information, category (undergraduate, graduate or post graduate), and academic affiliation.
  • The evaluation committee will select the most promising abstracts and notify the authors by July 1, 2012, that they are being requested to submit a full paper.
  • Paper and revised abstract submission by notified authors due September 30, 2012.
  • The evaluation committee will recommend winners to the academic advisory council for final review, followed by notifications to the submitters in December 2012.

Contact Information:

corporategovernance@blackrock.com

 

Call for Papers: 29th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics

Call for Papers:

The 29th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) will be held on September 20-22, 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden at Stockholm University in Aula Magna. The conference is arranged by Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, the Ratio Institute and Jönköping International Business School in cooperation with EALE.  Those interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit electronically the paper (at least in its draft form) and a short abstract following the online procedure at http://www.eale.org.   Priority in the selection will be given to completed papers.

Papers may be on any topic in or related to Law and Economics including: Antitrust and Regulation – Bankruptcy, Commercial Corporate Law and Corporate Governance – Behavioural Law and Economics – Comparative Law and Economics – Contract Theory and Contract Law – Crime, Deterrence and Criminal Law – Environmental Law and Economics – Experimental Law and Economics – Family Law, Gender, and Discrimination – Health Law – Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy – International Law, International Trade, and Immigration – Labour and Employment Law – Law and Development – Litigation, Dispute Resolution and the Legal Process  – Market and Non-market Regulation – Mergers and Acquisitions – Political economy and public choice – Property rights, property law and growth – Public and Administrative Law – Finance, Securities and Capital Market Regulation – Taxation and Social Welfare – Theory of the Firm (Includes Non-Profits and Government Orgs.) – Tort Law and Compensation Systems.  Emphasis on European laws, systems and institutions is welcome

Important dates:

• Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2012

• Communication of Acceptance: June 15, 2012

• Early registration by: June 30, 2012

• Final papers due by: July 30, 2012

Contact Information:

http://www.eale.org/conference/eale2012

National Business Law Scholars Conference

Date(s) of Conference:

June 27-28, 2012

Location:

University of Cincinnati College of Law
Cincinnati, OH

Description:

This is the third annual meeting of the NBLSC, formerly known as the Midwest Corporate Legal Scholars Conference, which has been renamed this year to reflect its national scope and the widely varied interests of its participants.  We welcome all on-topic submissions and will attempt to provide the opportunity for everyone to actively participate.  We will also attempt to assign a commentator for each paper presented.  Junior scholars are especially encouraged participate, and we will hold a special “how-to” panel for prospective business law scholars discussing the job market and transitioning into the legal academy. 

Call for Papers:

To submit a presentation, email Professor Eric C. Chaffee at echaffee1@udayton.edu with an abstract or paper by April 15, 2012.  Please title the email “NBLSC Submission – {Name}”.

Contact Information:

Professor Eric C. Chaffee
echaffee1@udayton.edu

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/securities/

Call for Papers: The “New” Corporate Governance

Call for Papers:

The AALS Section on Business Associations will  meet during the AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., from 2.00-5.00  pm on January 5, 2012.

The topic for this year’s session is:  The “New” Corporate Governance.

At least one panelist  will be chosen on the basis of submissions made in response to this Call  for Papers.  The topic is intended to be broad, to encourage  submissions that deal with the state and federal “corporate  law” systems, questions about Dodd-Frank and its governance role, as  well as international corporate and business topics.  The Executive  Committee welcomes submissions on a broad range of issues related to  this year’s topic, including empirical and theoretical  perspectives.  The Committee specifically encourages submissions from  junior scholars.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a summary of no more than three double-spaced pages, preferably  by e-mail, before Wednesday, July 20, 2011.  In addition to the summary,  you also may submit a complete draft of your paper.  Direct your  submission to:

Professor Hillary Sale
Washington University School of Law
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
hillary.sale@wustl.edu

Contact Information:

Professor Hillary Sale
hillary.sale@wustl.edu

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/business_law/

Call for Papers: Michigan Journal of Private Equity and Venture

Call for Papers:

The University of Michigan Law School is proud to announce its newest
publication, the Michigan Journal of Private Equity and Venture
Capital Law.

The Journal is published semi-annually by the students of the
University of Michigan Law School in conjunction with the ABA
Committee on Private Equity and Venture Capital.

The Journal addresses the regulatory, securities, corporate, tax,
intellectual property, and any other legal issues involved with
private equity and venture capital, including with respect to both
investments by funds and the formation of funds.

The Journal is currently accepting scholarly papers and paper
proposals for publication in our first issue. We anticipate publishing
the issue in late fall 2011. Articles for this issue are generally
between 25 and 40 pages long.

Please send drafts, proposals, or inquiries to Jeffrey Koh, Executive
Article Editor, at mjpvl.articles@gmail.com, or via ExpressO.

Contact Information:

Jeffrey Koh
Executive Article Editor
mjpvl.articles@gmail.com

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/mergers/