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AALS Call for Papers on Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public

Wednesday, May 9, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
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The AALS Section on Criminal Justice will hold a panel during the AALS 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans entitled, "Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public."

We are soliciting papers to consider for presentation in conjunction with this panel.  Current confirmed speakers on this distinguished panel include Christopher Slobogin, Vanderbilt University Law School, Tracy Meares, Yale Law School, and Orin Kerr, George Washington University School of Law.  The panel will be moderated by Andrew G. Ferguson, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.


Technology and Crime: The Future of the Fourth Amendment in Public


New mass surveillance technologies are changing Fourth Amendment protections in public. Enhanced video cameras, GPS location devices, license plate readers, mobile body scanners, backscatter x-ray vans, facial recognition technology, drones, and satellite imaging, in combination, can all be directed at targeted geographic areas.  Combined with, or replacing, traditional "stop and friskā€ or police surveillance tactics, these technologies have the potential to alter Fourth Amendment protections.  At the same time, intelligence-led policing strategies involving crime mapping and analysis have allowed law enforcement to identify areas of crime for targeted police intervention. This panel looks at the constitutional implications of these developments on the expectation of privacy.

Eligibility and Due Date:
Faculty members of AALS member and fee-paid law schools are eligible to submit papers. Foreign, visiting and adjunct faculty members, graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit.  This call for papers is limited to those who have been teaching for six years or fewer as of July 1, 2012.  The due date for submission is August 15, 2012.  Any paper that has not yet been the subject of an offer of publication by August 15, 2012, is eligible for submission.  

To facilitate anonymous review, please submit papers in electronic form to Professor Giovanna Shay ( The paper should have identifying information contained on a cover sheet only; the cover page will be removed before the paper is distributed for review. The cover sheet should also include the year you began law teaching and a statement that the paper has not yet received any offers of publication.

Registration Fees and Expenses
Call for Papers participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

Paper Review and Notification of Acceptance
Papers will be selected after review by members of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by November 1, 2012.

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