CALL FOR PAPERS
California Western International Law Journal
Spring 2021 Symposium Issue
"International and Comparative Perspectives on Blockchain Technology: The Intersection of Law, Technology, and Governance"
Abstracts Due: October 15, 2020
As our daily interactions conducted over cyberspace increase, the international community must reckon with the cross-border legal issues that online transactions raise. Some of these issues include: privacy concerns, the mass collection of information, the integrity of financial transactions and, of course, the overall security of these virtual transactions. Blockchain technology provides a distributed way to securely and efficiently create a tamper-proof record of transactions. In its most well-known form, blockchain technology is associated with digital assets, such as Bitcoin. However, blockchain technology has been used in a variety of ways, from conducting financial transactions in capital markets, to government currency transactions, supply chain management, public record keeping, intellectual property micro-payments and, more recently, even voting.
This Symposium Issue seeks articles that discuss the international and comparative legal questions that arise from the use of blockchain technology and the manner in which legal systems are equipped to handle these challenges. Selected authors will have their articles published in the Spring 2021 printed edition of the California Western International Law Journal and will also be invited to present their papers at an online conference to be held in February 2021. Authors will each be awarded an honorarium of $500 upon publication of their papers.
Authors are invited to submit a short abstract that addresses the conference theme. Authors may submit a proposal for either a short essay (between 5,000 and 10,000 words) or a longer article (between 20,000 to 30,000 words).
Each submission should include: (1) title; (2) 500-1000 word abstract; (3) name and email address of the author; and (4) curriculum vitae.
Abstracts are due by October 15, 2020 and should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief at LKGlenister@law.cwsl.edu with Blockchain Symposium Submission in the subject line. The Symposium Committee will notify authors whether their proposal has been selected by November 15, 2020.
**Founded in 1970, the California Western International Law Journal is one of the oldest international law journals in the United States. Its renowned authors—including judges, diplomats, politicians, and lawyers—come from all over the world. The Journal is published twice a year (Fall & Spring), and prides itself on a global authorship and readership.**