Law Section - CFP 2018

The Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) invites submissions of abstracts for papers and panel proposals for the 2018 IAMCR conference to be held from 20-24 June, 2018 in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America. The deadline for abstract submission is 23:59 GMT on 31 January 2018.

All proposals for consideration by IAMCR’s Law Section must be submitted via the IAMCR Open Conference System at

Can communication law and policy contribute to a sustainable environment?  What does sustainable communication policy and law look like?

The overall theme of the 2018 conference is Reimagining Sustainability: Communication and Media Research in a Changing World. This theme seeks to expand and extend our understanding of current and emerging models of sustainability, the struggles that surround them, and their multiple relationships with communication and media.

Following the general theme, the Law Section invites contributions related to the topics described below and any other panels or proposals, whether related to the conference theme or not, in any area of communication law and policy, from any theoretical perspective and using any methodological approach that may be of interest to the Section.  

While the Section welcomes submissions on any relevant topic, we especially encourage submissions related to the following:

Can communication law and policy contribute to a sustainable environment?  What does sustainable communication policy and law look like?  

  1. Sustainable environment: How can communication policy and law contribute to environmental sustainability? 
  2. Sustainable data: Are there ways to preserve the potential of big data and the use of algorithms while also safeguarding privacy, transparency, and equality?
  3. Sustainable intellectual property: Can more sustainable” rights for creators, owners, users, and potential newcomers to the market be achieved through a balance in creative and information ecosystems?
  4. State of the art in research projects: presentations on the state of the art of communication law and policy scholarship, teaching and research

Co-sponsored panels and pre-conferences

The Law Section will co-sponsor a panel with the Emerging Scholars’ Network entitled Emerging Scholars panel on Communication Law. Submissions from junior and emerging scholars that examine regulatory and legal frameworks for media and communication from a wide range of conceptual and methodological perspectives are welcome.

The Law Section will also co-sponsor a panel with the Communication Policy and Technology section. Submissions taking a critical approach to law and internet governance; broadcast and telecommunication policy; communication technologies’ relationships with citizens’ rights, privacy and justice; and related topics may be considered for this panel.

The Law section will co-sponsor a pre-Conference with the International Forum on Communication Law and Ethics (FIÉDI). The Forum takes over from the former CIÉDI, a well-known conference on Communication Law and Ethics in the Spanish speaking world. After three successful pre-conferences in Montreal, Leicester and Cartagena, we are pleased to announce that we will sponsor a pre-conference for the fourth year in a row. Details will be announced soon.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts should be submitted from 9 November 2017 through 31 January 2018. Both individual and panel submissions are welcome and early submission is strongly encouraged.


The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2018 and will not be extended.

Decisions on acceptance of abstracts will be communicated to applicants by their Section or Working Group Heads no later than 15 March 2018.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Unless otherwise stated by a Section or Working Group, abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words in length. All abstract submissions must be made via IAMCR's Open Conference System. There are to be no email submissions of abstracts addressed to any Section or Working Group Head.

It is expected that for the most part, only one (1) abstract will be submitted per person. However, under no circumstances should there be more than two (2) abstracts bearing the name of the same author either individually or as part of any group of authors. Please note also that the same abstract or another version with minor variations in title or content must not be submitted to more than one Section or Working Group. Such submissions will be deemed to be in breach of the conference guidelines and will be rejected by the OCS system, by the relevant Head or by the Conference Programme Reviewer. Authors submitting them risk being removed entirely from the conference programme.

For further information, please consult the conference website or contact the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) by email at

Criteria for Evaluation

Submitted abstracts will generally be evaluated on the basis of:

  1. theoretical contribution
  2. methods
  3. quality of writing
  4. literature review
  5. relevance of the submission to the work of the Section or Working Group
  6. originality and/or significance

Language Policy

The law section accepts abstracts in the three official languages of IAMCR: English, French, and Spanish. Presentations can be made in any of these three languages. 

Important dates and deadlines to keep in mind:

  • 9 November 2017 – Abstract submission system (OCS) opens

  • 31 January 2018 – Deadline for submissions

  • 8 March 2018 – Registration opens

  • 15 March 2018 – Notification of decisions of abstracts

  • 20 March 2018 – Deadline to apply for travel grants and awards

  • 3 April 2018 – Deadline to confirm your participation

  • 7 May 2018 – Last day to register at discounted early-bird fee

  • 28 May 2018 – Deadline for full paper submission

  • 1 June 2018 – Final conference programme published on the website

  • 20–24 June 2018 – IAMCR 2018 Conference

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Loreto Corredoira

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Sara Bannerman

Rodrigo Cetina Presuel