Friday, June 7, 2013

Article Solicitation - "War in the Digital Age" Symposium

The Stanford Law & Policy Review is soliciting articles for its upcoming symposium on “War in the Digital Age.”  The Stanford Law & Policy Review is a widely-cited academic journal at Stanford Law School that explores current issues at the nexus of law and public policy.  For each issue, we solicit articles from prominent academics, practitioners, policy makers, judges, and other experts.  Past contributors include President (then Governor) Bill Clinton, Senator John McCain, and Governor Jeb Bush, among many others.  The U.S. Supreme Court last cited one of our pieces in McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020, 3133 (2010).

In our upcoming volume, which will be published in the spring of 2014, we will address the challenges and opportunities that emerging technologies present for 21st century conflict. Our framework is purposefully broad, and we are looking for submissions that address novel issues or approach the topic from a new perspective.  We are particularly interested in including the following topics in the "War in the Digital Age" symposium, but this list is not exhaustive:
  • What norms and laws surround the acquisition and use of information in modern conflict, and what norms and laws do we think should apply?
  • How does 21st century conflict implicate issues of government discretion and accountability?
  • Decisions about modern warfare take place at the intersection of state, federal, and international law. How do we balance these regimes?
  • How are technological changes bringing warfare to civilians, and how will this accelerate in the future?
  • When can we hold governments accountable for the actions of their citizens, who may use technology to engage in conflict in new ways?
  • Most analysts focus on the problems that technological innovation causes for the laws and norms surrounding traditional warfare. But do emerging technologies present any new solutions to problems of traditional warfare? 
If you are interested in submitting to the symposium, please submit a one-to-four page proposal to us on or before July 1, 2013. Depending on space constraints and other considerations, we may be able to extend you a pre-approval offer of publication.  The earlier we receive a proposal, the greater the chance we can extend a pre-approval offer.  We will accept full article submissions until September 1, 2013.  Note that you are not required to submit a proposal or obtain pre-approval in order to submit an article for publication, although doing so is recommended.  Articles should be between ten and thirty double-spaced pages, not including footnotes and citations.  Articles, proposals, or questions can be directed to Christina Black, Lead Articles Editor, at