Past Symposia

Information from the 2013 Symposium:


This year, the annual JOLT Symposium will be titled “U.S. v. Jones: Defining a Search in the 21st Century.”  The event will be held from 8 AM to 1 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Chapel Hill.  U.S. v. Jones, decided by the United States Supreme Court on January 23, 2012, held that a police department’s attachment of a GPS device to an unknowing suspect’s vehicle and the subsequent monitoring of that device constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment.

The event will be held at The Friday Center, which will provide plenty of free, convenient parking, and breakfast and coffee for all participants.  Lunch will also be provided for all paying participants.

Topics for discussion include the third party doctrine; viable ways for law enforcement agencies to structure investigative processes involving digital technology; an overview of the cases that have come out since Jones that involve GPS tracking; the mosaic theory; and how technology impacts the “poverty exception” to the Fourth Amendment.

Our keynote speaker will be Walter Dellinger, who represented Jones before the Supreme Court in the landmark case.

Our panelists will include:

Susan Friewald, Professor of Law, University of San Francisco;

David Gray, Associate Professor of Law, University of Maryland, & Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland;

Stephen Henderson, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma;

Tamara Lave, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami

Stephanie Pell, Founder of and Communications Privacy Consultant with SKP Strategies, LLC of Washington, D.C.;

Priscilla Smith, Senior Fellow of the Information Society Project at the Yale Law School.

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Information from the 2012 Symposium:

Anticipating Dissension: When Legal Frameworks, U.S. Commerce and Foreign Markets Intersect

January 27, 2012
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The extent to which a business has an international component varies to great degrees, but no business can deny that the global forces affect, at least in some way, its practices.  Even businesses that espouse a “local” philosophy are a response to the fact that we now, for better or worse, exist in a global marketplace.

While forces like technology have facilitated — and, indeed, may be responsible for — this growth in business, they have also generated a new series complications that did not exist in decades past.  This year, the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology will host a symposium that addresses the ways that governments, international organizations, businesses, and lawyers have proactively identified these relatively new problems in an attempt to mitigate — or eliminate altogether — their negative effects.  The symposium will take place on January 27, 2012 and is called “Anticipating Dissension: When Legal Frameworks, US Commerce and Foreign Markets Intersect.”

The symposium’s panels will address issues like arbitration agreements, choice of law agreements, intergovernmental IP laws, commonly used trade terms, and franchising, all as means of limiting discord within the global marketplace.  Speakers include noted legal and business scholars.  Also, in an effort to highlight how international forces concern regional economies, practitioners from the southeast will also participate.

“Anticipating Dissension” will be of interest to those students, lawyers, and businesspeople whose work involves international business trade and intellectual property rights.  With a focus on arbitration, it is particularly useful to those students and practitioners interested in dispute resolution outside of judicial institutions.

Professor Nicholas Didow of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill will give the keynote address.



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