Symposia & Events

See: Prior Symposia

AELJ typically sponsors two symposia each year, one in the spring and one in the fall. A fall symposium has been co-sponsored with the Grammy Foundation, and focuses on a current issue at the intersection of the law and the recording industry. A spring symposium focuses on a relevant subtopic within arts, entertainment, intellectual property, First Amendment, sports, cyberlaw, or media and telecommunications law.

In the spring of 2014, AELJ will be hosting two events.


Data Privacy & Transparency in Private and Government Data Collection

Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) will be hosting a symposium at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on April 4, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. Data privacy is a current hot topic of discussion amongst legal scholars, public policy makers, practicing attorneys, businesspersons, and consumers alike. Recently, the large-scale consumer data breach at Target raised concerns over the adequacy of consumer information protections. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks made us reassess the government’s data collection program and whether collections should be limited or at least disclosed to the public. Such events have forced policy makers and scholars to discuss what kind of legal reforms or procedures must be put into place protect the public’s private data from abuse.

While data-collection programs have sparked serious concern about personal privacy rights, data collection, in particular “Big Data,” has various beneficial and profitable uses. Large pools of consumer and public data can be assessed to discover certain patterns and correlations to help private entities and the government to make better decisions when serving consumers and the general public

To protect consumer and public information, some critics have called for new federal regulation. Others demand limitations on the quality and quantity of permissible data to be collected. In contrast to these proposed protections, AELJ’s symposium will focus on the role of transparency, disclosure, and notice practices during data collections, and if such transparent practices would serve as a better safeguard to ameliorate data privacy concerns while balancing the interest of the public with those of the government and private data collectors.

The Journal invites scholars, professors, and practitioners to submit articles on these topics for consideration of publication in our Symposium issue. Submissions can be submitted for review and consideration by emailing or through ExpressO.

Submissions Requirements

  • Text and citations of submissions should conform to the 19th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al eds., 19th ed. 2010).
  • All submissions must be accompanied by the author’s CV.
  • Submissions may be accompanied by an abstract and cover letter, but neither is required.
  • Due to the high number of submissions the Journal receives, AELJ regrets it cannot accept submissions from law students working towards their J.D.

Reform of U.S. Cultural Property Policy: Accountability, Transparency, and Legal Certainty

The Committee for Cultural Policy and the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) will be hosting a symposium at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law on April 10, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Tentatively titled, Reform of U.S. Cultural Property Policy: Accountability, Transparency, and Legal Certainty, the event is a response to the forthcoming publication by William Pearlstein, A Proposal to Reform U.S. Law and Policy Relating to the International Exchange of Cultural Property, being published in AELJ’s Volume 32, Issue 2.

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