Call-for-Papers: Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy

WCL_HLP_logoThe Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law, in partnership with ChangeLab Solutions, LLC, is soliciting proposals for presentations and discussions on the topic of “Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy.”

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words for a 15-minute conference presentation by a single presenter or a 1-hour conference discussion featuring up to four discussion leaders. Proposed presenters may submit abstracts for both formats for consideration by conference organizers. Proposals will be accepted through April 13, 2020. Conference organizers will contact presenters no later than May 2020 to invite them to speak at the conference to be held October 1-2, 2020 in Washington, DC. ChangeLab Solutions is pleased to cover train or airfare and accommodations in our partner hotel for presenters traveling from outside the Washington metro area. Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit proposals for articles and commentaries to be published in a symposium issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics in 2021. Submissions should be completed online at For more information, or to email a submission rather than completing the Google form, please send an email to with “Health Justice Conference” in the subject line.

“Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy” will foster theory, practice, and action on health justice. Our focus is on applying critical perspectives—including critical race theory, Lat Crit, ClassCrit, black feminist theory, feminist legal theory, queer theory, critical disability studies, and more—to the most pressing challenges in health law and policy. We have a big-tent vision of health law and policy, encompassing public health, health care, bioethics, and global health. We aim to encourage health law and policy scholars, advocates, workers, and justice movement activists to engage more deeply with critical perspectives. We also hope to encourage scholars, advocates, workers, and activists from various critical perspectives who have not previously engaged in the health law and policy sphere to do so as part of this project. To promote an evidence-based and policy-engaged discussion, we welcome submissions from health scientists and social scientists, in addition to our core community of legal scholars and advocates.

We welcome the submission of an accompanying Statement Regarding Diversity indicating how the proposed presenter would bring diversity to the conference and journal issue relative to the historical profile of legal academic conference presenters and JLME authors, including with respect to disciplinary perspective (e.g., racial and ethnic studies, gender studies, law, public policy, nursing, medicine, epidemiology, ethics, sociology, economics), the race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual identity, or sexual orientation of the proposed presenter, the presenter’s work experience (e.g., academic, community organizer, social justice advocate, or health care worker), the extent to which the presenter works within community and social justice movements, or any other factor that the presenter would like to bring to the conference organizers’ attention. These statements will accompany anonymized submissions for consideration by the conference organizers.


The Health Justice: Engaging Critical Perspectives in Health Law and Policy steering committee includes Brian C. Castrucci, Brietta Clark, Sarah de Guia, Gregg Gonsalves, Angela Harris, Nan Hunter, Dayna Bowen Matthew, Seema Mohapatra, Jamila Taylor, Lindsay Wiley, and Ruqaiijah Yearby.

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