Call for Papers: The Sedona Conference Journal Symposium Issue on Cloud Computing

Extract from the Sedona Conference Journal “The Sedona Conference Journal Symposium Issue on Cloud Computing Call for Papers”

Cloud Computing raises many legal issues that touch on the missions and expertise of Sedona Conference Working Groups 1 (U.S. discovery and information governance), 6 (cross-border data transfers for litigation and regulatory compliance), and 11 (data privacy and security). Next year, The Sedona Conference Journal plans to publish a special “symposium” edition featuring articles on these different legal and governance aspects of Cloud Computing. The intention is not to reach broad consensus on general Principles or Guidelines, but to present well-researched, thought-provoking articles from different points of view, which may inspire future Working Group activities or Sedona Conference sessions. This is an open “Call for Papers” on any legal or information governance aspect of Cloud Computing. Possible topics include:

  • A Cloud Computing “primer” with definitions
  • “Possession, custody, or control” issues in U.S. legal actions
  • Privacy concerns, with guidance for negotiating contracts, given the difficult question of market power
  • Security concerns, with similar guidance
  • “Reasonable privacy protections” in the cloud context
  • Liability issues in cloud data breaches
  • Cross-border data transfer issues in the private dispute resolution context
  • Cross-border data transfer issues in the criminal or regulatory context

Submissions addressing other legal or governance aspects of Cloud Computing are welcome. Articles should be original, 12,000 – 15,000 words in length, and suitable in style and depth for publication in a respected academic law review. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of anonymous peer reviewers drawn from The Sedona Conference’s Advisory Board. To assure high quality and timely publication, we will observe the following production schedule:

  • Proposals or abstracts, not to exceed 500 words, will be accepted by email until August 27, 2018
  • Prospective authors will be notified of preliminary selection no later than September 14, 2018
  • First drafts will be due November 1, 2018 and distributed to peer reviewers
  • For those articles that, in the sole discretion of the Journal editors, will move to the next stage, comments and suggestions from peer reviewers will be provided to authors no later than December 14, 2018
  • Final manuscripts will be due January 18, 2019
  • Publication is anticipated in March, 2019
  • During April and May, 2019, we plan to host a series of webinars with the authors of selected articles as panelists

These deadlines are firm. There will be no extensions. At the “first draft” stage, all submissions must conform to The Sedona Conference Journal format requirements and style, which are summarized here.

This Call for Papers coincides with the Butterfield Award, which has a narrower focus on U.S. eDiscovery and a submission deadline for October 1, 2018. At the option of the authors, submissions for the Butterfield Award that focus primarily on Cloud Computing issues may also be considered for publication in the symposium issue of the Journal, whether or not they are selected for the Butterfield Award. Please submit all inquiries and proposals to Ken Withers, Deputy Executive Director, before August 27, 2018, at [email protected].