CFP: The Art of International Law Conference — Cleveland, OH



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Cleveland, OH


The Center for Professional Ethics will sponsor a panel on ”Ethics, Art, and International Law“


The Center for Professional Ethics will sponsor a panel on ”Ethics, Art, and International Law“ as part of the Cox Center's annual conference on Friday, September 16, 2016. Speakers for this panel will be selected via a paper competition, with winning entries given a cash award and travel and lodging expenses to participate in the conference. 

The title of the conference is “The Art of International Law.” In addition to celebrating the Cleveland Museum of Art’s 100th Anniversary, the conference will explore several topics at the intersection of law and art, including the repatriation and return of art looted by the Nazis, the destruction of cultural heritage and archaeological sites, and the increasingly transnational character of the film industry. Confirmed speakers include Mark Ellis (Executive Director of the International Bar Association). William Schabas (Middlesex), Margaret Miles (UC Irvine), and Allan Gerson (former Counsel to the US mission to the United Nations). 

ELIGIBILITY: We encourage law students, faculty, and practicing attorneys to submit original, unpublished papers for consideration. Papers should address one or more issues within the broad framework of ethics, art, and international law. There are no length restrictions, though we generally encourage submissions between 20 and 50 pages (roughly 10,000 to 30,000 words). Prizes will be awarded to the top submissions, with a $500 award to the winning paper in the Student category and a $1000 award to the winning paper in the Faculty/Attorney category. The author of the winning Faculty/Attorney paper will be invited to participate in a symposium panel, and others may be invited as well if space permits. Travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed for the presenting authors and discussants. As a condition of acceptance, award winners must agree to publish the paper, if selected, in the Symposium edition of the
Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.  

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit papers in a Microsoft Word version no later than July 1, 2016. If you do not have a final draft at that time, you may submit a shorter précis; however, preference will go to submissions with completed drafts, and all award winners will be expected to produce a final draft by the date of the Symposium. Please indicate in a cover letter whether you are a current law student, faculty member, or practicing attorney. You may submit your papers to Professor Cassandra Burke Robertson at Alternatively, you may send a hard-copy to: 

Cassandra Burke Robertson
Professor of Law and Laura B. Chisolm
Distinguished Research Scholar
Director, Center for Professional Ethics

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH  44106

Decisions regarding the symposium program will be made no later than July 15, 2016. General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to Professor Tim Webster ( or Nancy Pratt (, Director of Academic Centers.

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