We have received the following Call for Papers:

The AALS Section on Defamation and Privacy is pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one presenter will be selected for the Section’s program at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.  The program will take place on Friday, January 6, from 8:30 – 10:15 a.m.

The Program Topic is: “The Governance of Privacy: What Governance Theory Can Tell Us About Privacy Law and Policy.”  Increasingly, privacy law scholars are writing about privacy regulation.  The questions they are examining – e.g. When should we rely on regulation, and when on markets or norms?  Are flexible standards better than specific limits? How can regulation keep pace with technology? – are, of course, not unique to the privacy area. They arise with respect to many other fields of regulation. Broader theories of regulation or governance (e.g. ideas about performance-based or responsive regulation, collaborative governance, or other such theories) shed light on these questions.  This Program will feature privacy law scholars who employ these broader ideas to gain new insight into the governance of privacy.  For the final panel spot, the Section seeks a speaker who uses regulatory or governance theory to inform his or her own scholarship on privacy law and policy.  At the event, the panelists will present their own research and, in addition, will discuss how scholars that write about privacy regulation can employ regulatory and governance theory to deepen and expand their work.

Form and Length of Submission

The paper will be selected on the basis of a detailed, written summary of 500-1000 words that applicants must submit by September 1, 2016.  The successful applicant should submit the full paper by December 1, 2016, at which point the Section will distribute it to all Section members.  Applicants should omit their name from their summary and should, instead, identify themselves in separate a cover letter.  This Call for Papers accepts works-in-progress, completed, and recently published (in 2016) papers. 

Submission review, selection, conference attendance:

A Committee appointed by the Chair and consisting of certain Section Officers and members of the Section’s Executive Committee will review the summaries and select the Call for Papers speaker.  The Section will announce the selected presenter by September 28, 2016. The individual will be responsible for paying his or her own conference registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

Submission due dates and method

There are two submission due dates.

  • The due date for detailed summary (500-1000 words) is September 1, 2016.
  • The due date for the final paper is December 1, 2016.

Summaries, cover letters and papers should be submitted electronically, as Word or PDF attachments, to:  Professor Dennis Hirsch at  

Inquiries or questions:

Any inquiries about this Call for Papers should be directed to the Chair of the Section, Professor Dennis Hirsch, Ohio State Moritz College of Law, at

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