The IAMCR Law Section invites submissions of abstracts for papers or panel proposals for the 2016 IAMCR conference to be held at Leicester University, Leicester, United Kingdom from July 27-31, 2016. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2016.

Conference theme: "Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward"

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016

Communication Law: Looking Back, Looking Forward

IAMCR 2016 seeks to explore the relationship between memory, commemoration and communication, and also to commemorate IAMCR’s history and contribution to the field of media and communication research. It is therefore only fitting that the Law Section should explore the history and evolution of communication law as a science and as a field, pondering the present and the future of the discipline.

The Law Section welcomes proposals for works that address these questions and any others, whether related to the conference theme or not, in any area of communication law and policy, from any theoretical perspective and using any methodological approach.

While all submissions on any relevant topic are welcome, we encourage submissions that are related to the following topics:

The History and Evolution of Communication Law:

  • Roots and First Authors (John Lackland, Francisco de Vitoria and others)
  • Precursors and Main Influencers
  • Remembering the Masters of Media and Information Law and Policy
  • The evolution and role of Communication Law in law schools, journalism schools and the Social Sciences.

The Roots and Future of the Right to Communicate:

  • First proponents (From D’Arcy and Terrou & Solal, the Hispanic School started by J. M. Desantes in the 70s and others)
  • Legislative history of the right to communicate and the role of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Contemporary proponents of the right to communicate.
  • Where the right to communicate is now and where is going (revival of the right to communicate?)
  • Heritage and Law.

Following the overarching theme of Memory, Commemoration and Communication, we also encourage proposals on the following and other topics related to: 

  • Copyright, public domain and culture
  • The law and governance of databases, memory and data mining
  • Digitization of film and audiovisual collections

Co-sponsored panels

The Law Section will co-sponsor a panel with the Emerging Scholars Network entitled Emerging Scholars panel on Communication Law. Submissions from young and emerging scholars that examine regulatory and legal frameworks for media and communication from a wide range of conceptual and methodological perspectives are welcome.

The Law Section will co-organize a panel together with the Ethics Working group on Teaching Media and Communications Law and Ethics. Submissions that examine  issues related to teaching and learning about communication law and communication ethics from any conceptual and methodological perspective are welcome.

Upcoming Call for a pre-Conference on Communication Law and Ethics

The Law Section will host a pre-conference on Communication Law and Ethics, particularly encouraging young and emerging scholars as well as members of the Forum on Communication Law and Ethics (the new incarnation of the CIEDI conference) to participate and present their works on relevant topics. The Board of this new Forum (chaired by Prof. Ignacio Bel with Profs. Marisa Aguirre and Loreto Corredoira as co-Vice Chairs), which was part of the board of the International Conference of Information Law and Ethics (CIEDI), has been organizing international conferences on these topics over the past twelve years. In 2015, it was held as an IAMCR pre-Conference in Montreal, making it the first time it happened in a non-Spanish speaking country. For this new incarnation, Fernando Gutierrez (Chile) and Rodrigo Cetina Presuel (USA) will serve as Executive Directors. A separate call for papers will be issued for the pre-Conference in the coming weeks.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length.

Both individual paper and panel submissions are welcome, but all proposals must be submitted through the online Open Conference System from 1 December 2015 – 15 February 2016. Early submission is strongly encouraged. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that, for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person for consideration by the Conference. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same applicant either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to other Sections or Working Groups of the Association for consideration, after an initial submission. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be automatically rejected by the Open Conference System, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Program Reviewer. Such applicants risk being removed entirely from the conference program.

Upon submission of an abstract, you will be asked to confirm that your submission is original and that it has not been previously published in the form presented. You will also be given an opportunity to declare if your submission is currently before another conference for consideration.

Presenters are expected to bring fully developed work to the conference. Prior to the conference, it is expected that a completed paper will be submitted to Section, Working Group, Session Chairs, and/or Discussants.

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution
  2. methods
  3. quality of writing
  4. literature review
  5. relevance of the submission to the work of the section
  6. originality and/or significance of the work

On behalf of Loreto Corredoira, Chair, and Sara Bannerman and Rodrigo Cetina Presuel, Co-Vice Chairs, we hope to see you in Leicester for IAMCR 2016

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 1 December 2015 Open Computer System (OCS) available for abstract submission
  • 15 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
  • 1 April 2016 Notification of acceptances of abstracts
  • 15 April 2016 Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards
  • 28 April 2016 Deadline to confirm your participation
  • 20 May 2016 Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee
  • 30 June 2016 Deadline for full paper submission
  • 7 July 2016 Final conference programme published on the website
  • 27-31 July 2016 IAMCR 2016 Conference.

Law Section

Loreto Corredoira

Co-Vice Chairs:
Sara Bannerman

Rodrigo Cetina Presuel

See the conference key dates and deadlines: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/keydates

See all Calls for Papers for IAMCR 2016: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016/cfp

Visit the conference website: http://iamcr.org/leicester2016