Communication Law & Policy Division


Katharine Sarikakis, Chair
U of Vienna
Institut für Publizistik-
und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Waehringerstr. 29
1090 Wien
Phone: +43 1 4277 49394
Fax: +43 1 4277 49316

The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in research in and analysis of the ways in which legal and policy environments are constituted, transformed and maintained and the ways in which factors in addition to law have a regulatory effect on media, communication and culture.

Scholars working on laws, regulations, and policies that affect information, communication, and culture and those working on other relevant dimensions, such as dimensions of custom and practice, values and ideologies are invited to submit their work to the section for forthcoming annual ICA conference. 

Understanding policy comprehensively, the Division includes within its purview research that addresses principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new law and regulation, and analysis of the programs and institutions through
which policy is implemented. 

The Division’s scope is international, presenting work that focuses on individual nation–states, localities, or regions; comparative law and policy; and international and global law and policy. The Division welcomes work dealing with law and policy for the medium (the architecture and technologies of the global information infrastructure) as well as the message (e.g. content regulation and press law)—and the interactions between the two.

The Division encourages the submission of theoretical and applied research using quantitative, qualitative, historical, and comparative methodologies that touches on any of the foregoing subjects, including private and public regulation of content and communication infrastructures.

The division will accept full papers, which must be no longer than 7,000 words or 25 pages in length. Papers must adhere to the guidelines in the ICA general call for papers. In particular, papers MUST NOT contain identifying information about the author, and authors must not submit previously published papers.

Student papers must be identified as such to qualify for the top student paper award.

Papers can utilize any accepted citation style including MLA, APA, and “Bluebook” legal citation.

Panel Proposals
Panel proposals must include a detailed abstract describing the topic and the role of each participant. Proposals must adhere to the ICA panel submission guidelines.