08 June 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS/CONFERENCE NOTICE: Small States in a Legal World

Small States in a Legal World
The inaugural conference of the Centre for Small States
Queen Mary University of London

The aim of the conference is to launch the Centre for Small States as the home for research and learning into the legal issues facing small states (defined as those states with a population of 1.5m or less).  The Centre for Small States also includes within its remit some territories that are not classified as states as a matter of international law, yet are sufficiently geographically and culturally distinct entities to be worthy of study in their own right such as the British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories).

For further information on the Centre for Small States, see http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/research/centres/small-states/index.html 

Date: 7 September 2015
Venue: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Queen Mary University of London, WC2A 3JB
Registration fee: £50(reduced rate for students and half-day registrations)

Keynote Panel
Professor Lino Briguglio, Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta
Professor Baldur Thorhallsson, Centre for Small State Studies, University of Iceland
Her Honour Justice Mathilda Twomey, Court of Appeal, Seychelles

Confirmed Speakers
Professor Susy Frankel, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Ann Mumford, King’s College London
Professor Catherine Rogers, Penn State University

Topics for discussion include ethics in small jurisdictions, the challenges of mixed legal systems in small states, small states as tax havens, and intellectual property issues.

We have a small number of spaces for additional speakers.  We welcome contributions on any aspect of the legal situation of small states, be it public or private law.  Please send your abstract of 300-400 words to Dr Caroline Morris (c.morris@qmul.ac.uk) and Dr Petra Butler (petra.butler@qmul.ac.uk) by 15 June 2015.  Decisions regarding inclusion in the conference programme will be sent by 30 June 2015.

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