Communication Law & Policy Division


Jasmine McNealy, Chair
U of Florida

The Communication Law and Policy Division is interested in 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, 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, CL&P includes within its purview research that addresses principles that should or do underlie law and regulation, proposals for new laws and regulations, and analysis of the programs and institutions through which policy is implemented. 

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 quantitative, qualitative, historical, and comparative methodologies that touches on any of the foregoing subjects, including private and public regulation of content and communication infrastructures.

We 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 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.

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. We are particularly interested in panels that fit the “Communications Beyond Boundaries” conference theme.

2019 CLAP Extended Session
For ICA 2018, we invite 2-page extended abstracts for an extended session (2.5 hours) on “Communications Beyond Boundaries” the general conference theme from a communication law and policy perspective. 

2019 CLAP Practice based panels 
We are also accepting panel proposals and presentations as “practice-based” presentations. The proposal of each panel will be accompanied by traditional abstracts and a description of the practice element but also fitting the “Communication Beyond Boundaries” conference theme.