The Int. Law Observer Blog is continuously looking for enthusiastic master student(s) or Ph.D. candidate(s) willing to assist with editorial work on the Blog. Interested? Find out more here.

Home » Call For Paper, Event, Feature, Public International Law

Call for Papers: Conference on Internet Commerce and Innovation

Submitted by on 10/01/2016 – 10:35 pmNo Comment

The Northwestern Law Searle Center will be holding its Seventh Annual Conference on Internet Commerce and Innovation on 9 – 10 June 2016.


The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth is issuing a call for original research papers to be presented at the Seventh Annual Conference on Internet Commerce and Innovation. The conference will be held at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from approximately 12:00 P.M. on Thursday 9 June 2016 to 3:00 P.M. on Friday 10 June 2016. There will be a dinner reception and keynote address on Thursday night.

The conference is organized by Professor Daniel F. Spulber, Northwestern University. The papers for this conference will be selected by a scientific committee that includes Justus Baron and Pere Arque-Castells.

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum where economists and legal scholars can gather together with Northwestern’s own distinguished faculty to present and discuss high-quality research relevant to Internet commerce and innovation. The conference will cover academic work on Internet commerce and innovation, and the discussion will examine related public policy issues in antitrust, regulation, and intellectual property.

Topics include:

– Internet search and antitrust
– Market design, platforms, and e-commerce
– The Internet, innovation, and intellectual property (IP)
– Competition in two-sided markets
– Software and business method inventions
– R&D and innovation in high-tech
– Open standards and entrepreneurship
– Online content and websites
– Social networks
– Privacy issues in Internet search and marketing
– Data portability
– Cloud computing
– Joint work in economics and computer science on search algorithms and other topics related to Internet search.

For information on previous conferences please see:

Paper Submission Procedure and Participation

Papers for the conference should be submitted to the following email address:

Attendance for this conference is by invitation only. Potential attendees who are not submitting a paper should indicate their interest in receiving an invitation by sending a message to


Authors will receive speaker fee of $1,500 per paper. The speaker fee is intended to cover reasonable transportation expenses. Government employees and non-US residents may instead be reimbursed for travel expenses up to the honorarium amount. Authors are expected to attend and participate in the full duration of the conference. If more than one author attends the conference, the honorarium or travel reimbursement can be divided equally between the attending authors. The Searle Center will also reserve and pay for hotel accommodations for authors and discussants for the nights of Wednesday 8 June 2016 and Thursday 9 June 2016.

Review Procedure and Timeline

Papers for the conference should be submitted to by 1 February 2016.

Notification Deadline: Authors will be notified of decisions by 7 March 2016.

Please note that papers that are presented at the conference will be permanently hosted on the Searle Center website –

About the Searle Center

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth at Northwestern University School of Law was established in 2006 to research how government regulation and interpretation of laws and regulations by the courts affect business and economic growth. Further information on the Searle Center’s activities may be found at:

Last 5 posts by Student Editor
Tags: ,