JLMI Call for papers - Issue no. 2/2024

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The JLMI welcomes submissions on any of its areas of interest (for details,  see https://www.ojs.unito.it/index.php/JLMI/about).


The Regulation of Civil Drones: a Comparative Law Assessment.

This thematic call concerns the second Issue of Volume 3. It is to be published at the end of July 2024 on The Regulation of Civil Drones: a Comparative Law Assessment. The Call is devoted to the regulation of civil drones (note that the use of drones in armed conflicts is outside the scope of this call for papers).

The proliferation of civil drones, also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), has transformed various sectors, from agriculture and surveillance to recreational pursuits. As the skies become increasingly populated with drones, a pressing need arises for comprehensive regulatory frameworks addressing the myriad of liabilities associated with their use. The dynamic between ensuring the safe operation of drones, protecting privacy rights, and other public interests has become paramount in the evolving regulatory dialogue.
We are soliciting submissions from scholars, policymakers, legal practitioners, industry professionals, and researchers about the liabilities arising from the operation of civil drones. Papers can delve into various aspects of liabilities, such as those related to personal and property damage, invasions of privacy, negligence, and other legal implications.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Comparative analysis of supranational and/or national regulations on drone-related liabilities;
• The intersection of privacy laws and drone operations: potential intrusions and remedies;
• Case-law analysis and case studies related to drone-induced damages;
• Analysis of liability thresholds: from personal injuries to property damage and beyond;
• International perspectives on harmonising regulations related to drone liabilities.
• Ethical considerations surrounding the liabilities of drone operations;
• Recommendations and best practices for future policy and regulatory initiatives;
• The evolving role of insurance markets in mitigating drone-associated risks;
• Special sector-specific considerations concerning drone liabilities (e.g., agriculture, surveillance, delivery services).

Prospective articles should be submitted in the form of abstract (around 800 words) or draft articles (see below) to submissions.jlmi@iuse.it by 30 November 2023. Accepted authors will be notified by 10 December 2023. Final articles shall be delivered by 10 March 2024 and should conform to the journal style guide that is based on OSCOLA (link here; short version here). It is the Authors’ responsibility to carefully align their paper to OSCOLA’s criteria. Also, each accepted Author must guarantee English proof reading of their paper. Typically, the JLMI accepts contributions within the range of 10,000 to 15,000 words, including footnotes, but both shorter and longer articles will be considered. Pre-selected articles will be subject to single-blind peer review. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can contact us by email at editors.jlmi@iuse.it.