Cyberlaw Symposium - Call for Papers

From: Craig Hurley-Leslie <chl[_at_]>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 21:34:01 -0400

Dear Colleagues,

I apologize for cross-posting this on several lists, but the following Call for Papers may be of interest to some readers. Contact information is provided at the end of this message. Thank you for your time.

Call for Papers

The Second Annual
Buffalo Law Review Topical Symposium

Legal Doctrine and Practice
In the Age of Cyberspace

Deadline for Submissions: January 22, 1997 Date of Symposium: March 8, 1997

Date of Publication: May 1997 (approximate)

     On March 8, 1997, the Buffalo Law Review will host a Symposium entitled "Cyberlaw: Legal Doctrine and Practice in the Age of Cyberspace". In conjunction with the Cyberlaw Symposium, the Buffalo Law Review will publish a Symposium issue showcasing articles which discuss the impact of the development of a global Cyberspace on the theory and practice of law. At this time, the Buffalo Law Review would like to extend an invitation to all interested speakers and authors to submit articles or proposals to be considered for presentation at the Cyberlaw Symposium and/or publication in the Cyberlaw Symposium Issue of the Buffalo Law Review. Invitations to speak at the Symposium and selections for publication will be made by the Buffalo Law Review on or before February 7, 1997, based upon the submissions received and the funding then available.

     The Cyberlaw Symposium is the second in a series of annual topical symposiums sponsored by the Buffalo Law Review. In the Spring of 1996, following the reenactment of the Death Penalty in New York State, the Buffalo Law Review hosted a highly successful Symposium devoted to an examination of the current status of the Death Penalty in our society. By bringing together some of the leading minds on capital punishment from across the United States, the Buffalo Law Review was able to make a significant contribution to the ongoing societal debate about the appropriateness of capital punishment. (Copies of the Death Penalty Symposium Issue can be obtained by contacting the Buffalo Law Review at the address listed below.)

     It is in this same spirit that the Buffalo Law Review has elected to devote our Second Annual Topical Symposium to an examination of the current status, and future possibilities, of Cyberlaw. The rapid development of the technology of digital computer networks has challenged traditional legal doctrine and revealed areas of inherent tension between historic precedent and modern technological reality. In response, our legal system is struggling to adapt these precedents to address the issues raised by the creation of Cyberspace, a constantly evolving, user-created space that refuses to be contained by either national borders or political ideology. At the same time, the practitioners within our legal system are struggling to comprehend, and keep pace with, the evolution of this Cyberspace.

     The goal of the Cyberlaw Symposium is to provide an opportunity to discuss both the substantive and practical issues raised by the evolution of a global Cyberspace. In addition to addressing some of the profound societal and legal issues facing our increasingly internetworked global society, the Cyberlaw Symposium is intended to provide the average legal practitioner with the information they need to appreciate the practical importance of understanding the body of laws which may or may not govern the actions of the entities which they represent as those entities venture forth into Cyberspace.

     The broad focus of the Cyberlaw Symposium makes it impossible to provide a definitive list of topics which the Buffalo Law Review is interested in considering for presentation at the Symposium and/or inclusion in the Cyberlaw Symposium issue, but the following list provides some suggested areas of interest:

  1. Jurisdictional and choice of law issues in a borderless digital environment.
  2. The inherent tension between the activities of technological standards setting organizations, international governance, and national policy.
  3. Formal and informal dispute resolution systems in Cyberspace.
  4. Intellectual property in Cyberspace.
  5. Electronic commerce, digital cash, and taxation of monetary transactions in Cyberspace.
  6. Anonymity, privacy, and the enforcement of civil and criminal laws.
  7. Integrity and reliability of data in Cyberspace and the potential liability of information and service providers.
  8. Recent judicial and legislative developments as they pertain to Cyberspace.

     The Buffalo Law Review wishes to stress that the above list is non-exclusive and all scholarly articles on topics related to Cyberspace will be given full consideration for publication and or presentation in connection with the Cyberlaw Symposium.

     In addition to articles on legal doctrine and practice, the Buffalo Law Review is also seeking an article to serve as an introduction to the Cyberlaw Symposium issue. The Buffalo Law Review hopes to find a computer professional willing to contribute an overview of the history, growth, and technology of the Internet and Cyberspace. By providing this overview, the Buffalo Law Review hopes to further an understanding among legal scholars and practitioners of the impact which the design, technological standards, and specifications of computer networks have on the ability of users, organizations, and governments to regulate the information available upon and flowing through these networks. A practical understanding of the technology involved is vital to an informed dialogue on the theory and practice of law in Cyberspace. Any computing professional interested in contributing such an article is encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the Buffalo Law Review at the address listed below.

Please submit all articles, presentation proposals, or letters of interest to:

     The Buffalo Law Review
     SUNY at Buffalo 
      605 John Lord O’Brian Hall
     Buffalo, New York 14260
     Attn: Cyberlaw Symposium

If you have questions or comments, please contact:

     David R. Pfalzgraf, Jr.

(716) 645-2059
drp2[_at_] Craig A. Hurley-Leslie Symposium Coordinator
(716) 645-2059
Received on Tue Sep 17 1996 - 02:00:57 GMT

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