Monday, August 11, 2008

Important Contact News and SCRIPT-Ed conference

Pangloss has temporarily moved back to lovely Auld Reekie pending resettlement at her new job as Professor of Internet Law at Sheffield University. I am currently looking for nice rented accommodation with garden for homeless cyberprof and two well (honest :-) behaved kitties should you know any useful slum landlords in the area (or, indeed, be one) ..

IMPORTANT: From September 1 2008 l.edwards@soton.ac.uk will CEASE TO OPERATE. (Rather unlike,it has to be said, lovely ed.ac.uk which two years on is still faithfully forwarding the odd email..)

My new email is lilian.edwards@sheffield.ac.uk . You can start using this as of now but it will become vital after September 1. Please note the odd spelling of my first name :)

I am also stepping down as Director of ILAWS. I remain Associate Director of SCRIPT/the AHRC Centre for Intellectual property and Technology at Edinburgh.

Talking of which , one of my happiest jobs in that capacity is to still act as a Managing Editor of SCRIPT-ed, the online journal of the AHRC Centre, whose remit is very broadly the interaction between law and technology. The most recent issue (Vol 5 No 1) includes papers on topics as varied as trade mark dilution, user attitudes to P2P services and the ethical issues surrounding 'bionic' athletes. We are always interested in prospective contributions for SCRIPTed, and we are also keen to hear from suitably-qualified referees to help peer-review submissions. One of the key strengths of SCRIPT-ed I think is that in a field as dynamic as IT and IP law we can usually guarantee swift publication, while retaining the rigour of peer-review.

Not content with running a journal, the managing committee are now organising the SCRIPTed Conference, to take place at the University of Edinburgh from 29-31 March 2009. Taking as its theme 'the Governance of New Technologies', it will focus on evolving and emerging technologies and new-technology-driven practices and their impact on the overlapping fields of healthcare, information technology and intellectual property. The Call for Papers is open until 15 November, whilst an outline programme is available. Dan Hunter is one of the special guests whom Panglos herself wil be very eager to meet again - Dan is one of the foremost experts in both the US and Australia on virtual worlds and the law.

So, why not make a date in your diaries for what promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable three days in the beautiful city of Edinburgh?