The Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law in association with the Southwestern Law Review and Southwestern International Law Journal, invites the submission of papers that fit within the 2018 theme: Fake News and “Weaponized Defamation”: Global Perspectives. The symposium will be held on January 26, 2018 at the Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, USA.

What?

The notion of “fake news” has gained great currency in global popular culture in the wake of contentious social-media imbued elections in the United States and Europe. Although often associated with the rise of extremist voices in political discourse and, specifically, an agenda to “deconstruct” the power of government, institutional media, and the scientific establishment. This broad conception of fake news not only acts to repress evidence-based inquiry of government, scientists, and the press; but it also diminishes the power of populations to seek informed consensus on policies such as climate change, healthcare, race and gender equality, religious tolerance, national security, drug abuse, poverty, homophobia, and government corruption, among others. "Weaponized defamation” refers to the increasing invocation, and increasing use, of defamation and privacy torts by people in power to threaten press investigations, despite laws protecting responsible or non-reckless reporting.

How?

Papers should have an international or comparative focus that engages historical, contemporary or emerging issues relating to fake news or “weaponized defamation.” Allpapers submitted will be fully refereed by a minimum of two specialized referees. Before final acceptance, all referee comments must be considered. Accepted papers will be peer reviewed and distributed during the conference to all attendees. Authors are given an opportunity to briefly present their papers at the conference. Accepted papers will be published in the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, the Southwestern Law Review, or the Southwestern Journal of International Law. Authors whose papers are accepted for publication will be provided with round-trip domestic or international travel (subject to caps) to Los Angeles, California, hotel accommodations, and complimentary conference registration.

When?

Submissions are done online through the “submit an abstract’ section, by September 25, 2017.

For more information, please see the official website.


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