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3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia”

Call for Papers

School of Law, Singapore Management University

1 – 2 March 2018

The Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA), School of Law, Singapore Management University (SMU), is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia" on 1-2 March 2018. 

“IPScholars Asia” is one of the annual signature events of ARCIALA and the School of Law at SMU. The Inaugural Conference took place in January 2016 and was followed by the 2nd edition in February 2017.

“IPScholars Asia” is an initiative that has been created in order to provide a forum for scholars researching and writing on IP law-related issues to present and discuss their works-in-progress with colleagues from other universities. 


Call for Papers

Scholars who are interested in presenting their works-in-progress at the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia" can submit the request to present by responding to this Call for Papers.

ARCIALA welcomes senior and junior academics to be part of the 2018 edition of the Conference.

We welcome submissions by scholars from a variety of disciplines, including legal scholars, economists, sociologists, etc. We also welcome submissions for interdisciplinary scholarship.

All scholars writing on Asian law and comparative law are welcome to apply to present their research.



Interested scholars should submit the request to present their works-in-progress by emailing the following information to ARCIALA at the address

- a title and short abstract of their work-in-progress (500 words or less) as a Word or PDF attachment

- academic affiliation, including a short bio (200 words or less) as Word or PDF attachment  

Please indicate “IPScholars Asia 2018” in the email subject line.


Non-Presenting Attendees

ARCIALA also welcomes non-presenting attendees on a space-available basis. Please email your request to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia" as a non-presenting attendee, to ARCIALA at the following email address:



The deadline to submit an abstract and a request to present is 31 October 2017. Late requests will be considered only based on schedule availability.

We will send notifications of acceptance to selected applicants by 30 November 2017.

The schedule of the Conference will be available by 1 February 2018.

There is no paper publication requirement to participate in the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia".

We will distribute in advance the soft-copy (PDF) of the abstracts of the works-in-progress that will be presented at the Conference. Presenters are also encouraged (but not obliged) to submit a paper draft before the Conference for circulation. The deadline for submitting draft papers will be announced at the time of acceptance of a request to present. 


Conference Schedule 

The Conference will start on Thursday, 1 March 2018, at 9 a.m., and continue until 6.30 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks). A casual dinner will follow at the conclusion of the first day.

The Conference will resume on Friday, 2 March 2018, at 9 a.m., and continue until 6.30 p.m. (inclusive of tea and lunch breaks). Thereafter there will be a casual farewell dinner for those who have time to attend.

Time allotted to each presentation will depend on the final number of presenters. Usually. each presenter will have 30 minutes for the presentation and questions. We encourage participants to reserve a considerable amount of the allotted time for questions and comments.

As in 2016 and 2017, we will have two or more key note speakers during the Conference.

We would like to encourage all participants—presenters and attendees—to attend the whole Conference (i.e. Thursday and Friday) in order to offer to all presenters the same opportunity for feedback on their research.


Funding for the Conference 

There will be no registration fee or any other costs associated with attending the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia".

In addition, ARCIALA will provide complimentary refreshments, lunch, and dinner during the two days of the Conference.

However, Conference presenters and attendees must cover their own travel-related and accommodation expenses. They will also be responsible for obtaining and covering the costs related to their travel visa and any other necessary travel documents.


Travel Arrangements

Conference presenters and attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia".

ARCIALA will reserve several rooms in hotels near the School of Law that offer a preferred rate. We will post the relevant information on the Conference website by 15 November 2017. Participants can book a room with these hotels directly on their own account.

We also encourage participants to check for affordable hotel rates and other discounted travel arrangements online.


Limited Financial Assistance  

We are currently trying to secure funds to partially assist a limited number of scholars in financial need to attend the 3rd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia".

Scholars from developing countries who have been accepted to present at the Conference and who cannot otherwise secure financial support to attend the Conference can contact us at and submit a request for partial sponsorship to attend the Conference by 15 December 2017.

Each request will be considered individually based on the availability of funds. ARCIALA may be able, however, to satisfy only a small number of these requests.

We are also working with potential partners which may directly sponsor travel for a few selected presenters. Updates in this respect will be announced as soon as possible.



To submit an abstract click here

To request to participate without presenting click here


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