Communication Law & Policy Division

Conference Call for Papers

Christopher Ali, Vice Chair
U of Virginia



The Communication Law and Policy Division welcomes research papers and panel proposals advancing research 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, technology, communication, and culture. 

Our 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. We welcome 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.

CL&P encourages the submission of theoretical and applied research using a variety of research methodologies. We also welcome submissions based on the ICA 2021 conference theme: Engaging the Essential Work of Care: Communication, Connectedness, and Social Justice

We will accept full papers, which 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 may 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.

Topics include but are NOT limited to:

For ICA 2021 we are also accepting the following submissions:

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 which include contributions for at least two different countries, feature gender balance, and include not more than one contributor from a single faculty, department or school. We are particularly interested in panels that fit the Engaging the Essential Work of Care conference theme.

Works-in-Progress Elevator Session for Graduate Students and Early-Career Researchers
For ICA 2021, we invite works in progress for an elevator session (2.5 hours) aimed at assisting graduate students and early-career researcherers enhance their work for publication. Works-in-progress should be a first draft or near-complete draft of a paper. 

Extended Abstract Sessions

For ICA 2021, we invite extended abstracts of no more than 2,000 words (inclusive of all notes, figures, and citations) for two extended sessions (2.5 hours). These sessions will be a mixture of presentation and spirited discussion and debate amongst participants and audience members. You are free to submit works-in-progress. There will be one open extended abstract session (based on a common theme), and one based on the theme of the 2021 conference Engaging the Essential Care of Work from a law & policy perspective. Authors must include the words “Extended Abstract” on their title page and in their paper title when entering it into the ICA submission site (e.g., Extended Abstract: Paper title)

CLAP Practice-Based Panels 
We are also accepting panel proposals and presentations as “practice-based” presentations. The proposal of each panel should be accompanied by traditional abstracts and a description of the practice element such as a discussion between academics and industry representatives or artists, but also fitting the Engaging the Essential Care of Work conference theme from a law & policy perspective.

Please remember that submission to Communication Law & Policy means that you also agree to be a reviewer for the division. We depend on our reviews to assess the quality and suitability of the many papers we receive each year and are grateful for your assistance.