Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call-for-papers: American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

Call for papers from editors at the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law]

Dear Law Professors and Legal Practitioners,

As the Associate Executive Editor of Articles for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law, I am delighted to inform you we are currently accepting article submissions for publication in our upcoming issues.  The latest Washington and Lee Law Review rankings list the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law as one of the top-cited legal periodicals in the U.S. and selected non-U.S. regions in the subject area of Social Policy, Gender, Sexuality and the Law.

You can submit your article for consideration by email to gl-articles@wcl.american.edu, or through Scholastica. The Journal accepts submissions on a wide variety of topics and subjects within the legal field. We are interested in topics about disability law, racial justice and the law, constitutional issues, gender-based legal issues, health law, LGBTQIA+ issues within the legal system, and other related topics. To see our past publications, please visit http://www.jgspl.org/ and Westlaw for a complete list.

However, please note we do not accept articles written by law students. We look for articles that present new legal arguments or perspectives about timely legal issues relating to U.S. laws directly or comparatively. There should also be substantial legal analysis throughout the piece. We prefer 15,000 words more or less, including at least 150 footnotes. Generally, we evaluate articles depending on many factors such as the strength of the argument, novelty, complexity, policy considerations, and the overall topic(s) falls within the Journal’s subject area. We look forward to receiving your article submission.

-Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law; http://www.jgspl.org/; (e) gl-articles@wcl.american.edu

Call-for-papers: Kentucky Law Journal, The Racial Wealth Gap

Call-for-papers: Kentucky Law Journal, The Racial Wealth Gap.

The Kentucky Law Journal is pleased to invite proposals for its annual symposium, which will be held in the Fall of 2021.  The KLJ symposium is entitled The Racial Wealth Gap, and will focus on the legal and historical factors that have contributed to the current state of the wealth disparity in the United States that falls largely along racial lines.  This disparity has been increasingly the focus of academic and policy research, and this Symposium aims to bring together practitioners, policy researchers, and scholars to explore this issue.  In particular, the KLJ encourages submissions that consider tax law, property law, and other legal systems that have created and reinforced the conditions that lead to White families having median wealth of approximately $188,000, while Black families have median wealth of only 15% of that amount, or approximately $24,000.  In addition to exploring the evolution of the problem, the KLJ especially encourages submissions that explore possible solutions or proposals that would ameliorate the disparity.

The KLJ expects to host this symposium in person in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, on October 22, 2021 (date subject to change).

In addition to presentations at the symposium event,  presenters will have the opportunity to publish pieces in Volume 110 of the Kentucky Law Journal, or in the Kentucky Law Journal Online.  The editors are particularly interested in publications in the range of 8,000-12,000 words, or shorter pieces for the online edition.  In order to apply for the symposium, please submit an abstract of no more than 1,000 words, including whether or not you would like the piece to be considered for publication.  In addition, please submit a current CV.  Submissions are due by June 1, 2021, at editors@kentuckylawjournal.org.  Please send any questions to: Kelly Daniel, Editor-in-Chief of the Kentucky Law Journal, at kellydaniel@uky.edu; Kendra Craft, Kentucky Law Journal Symposium Chair, at kendra.craft@uky.edu; or Professor Jennifer Bird-Pollan, symposium faculty sponsor, at jbirdpollan@uky.edu.

-Thanks to Paul Caron and the TaxProf Blog

Call-for-Papers: Virtual Poverty Law Workshop, Summer 2021

AALS Virtual Poverty Law Workshop

The AALS Section on Poverty Law is sponsoring a Virtual Poverty Law Workshop this summer. Between our summer and fall series in 2020, the Poverty Law Section workshopped fifteen papers. In light of that experience and the continuing challenges of the pandemic, we are excited to hold another series of summer workshops.

The Virtual Poverty Law Worskhop is intended to be an informal gathering of mainly legal academics to give meaningful feedback to junior faculty and fellows. Each presenter will be paired with a senior commentator. Much like a faculty speaker series, this will allow presenters to get feedback on works-in-progress and the rest of us to connect with others in the Poverty Law community. We will circulate each paper at least a week ahead of time.

We plan to hold the workshops on Tuesdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern on the following dates.

  • May 25th
  • June 1st
  • June 8th
  • June 15th
  • June 22nd
  • June 29th

Call for Papers: Please email us (our emails are below) with your paper proposal by Wednesday, April 28th. If you have a draft of the paper, please include it in your email. Anyone can propose to workshop a paper, but we will give priority to people without tenure and those who have not presented at a AALS Poverty Law Section workshop or panel in the last year. Depending on interest, we will also explore the possibility of Fall workshops and holding a New Voices session at the AALS annual meeting.

Sign up for the Workshops: If you would like to receive the papers and Zoom information, please email erosser@wcl.american.edu.

Thank you,

Andrew Hammond (hammond@law.ufl.edu)

Ezra Rosser (erosser@wcl.american.edu)

Erika K. Wilson (wilsonek@email.unc.edu)

Call-for-papers: ClassCrits Online Junior Scholar Workshop

ClassCrits 2020-21 Workshop Series, Workshop No. 5—Online Junior Scholar Workshop—Friday, January 22, 2021, 5 pm EST, Zoom

Call for Work-in-Progress Papers; Submission Deadline:  December 28, 2020; Submission Email: classcrits@classcrits.org

ClassCrits is pleased to announce this call for papers for its Online Junior Scholar Workshop, to be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, January 22, 2021 from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. EST.

Junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, aspiring faculty members, or faculty members with less than two years of experience in a full-time position) may submit work-in-progress (WIP) papers that have not already been accepted for publication for presentation and discussion at the workshop.  A senior scholar as well as other scholars will comment upon each work in progress in a small, supportive working session.  We currently anticipate selecting a total of eight WIP papers on a first-come, first-served basis.

We invite WIP paper presentations from any field or discipline that, in one way or the other, speak to general ClassCrits themes, including:

  • The legal and cultural project of constructing inequalities of all kinds as natural, normal, and necessary.
  • The exploration of power in all of its manifestations (race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, global inequality, etc.) and the relationship of law to power.
  • Challenging the assumptions, methods, omissions, and commitments of legal and economic thinking to emphasize the role of institutions, morality, politics, and social or historical context in shaping power relations.
  • The relationships among economic, racial, and gender inequality.
  • The development of new methods (including the interdisciplinary study and development of such methods) with which to analyze and criticize economics and law (beyond traditional “law and economics”).
  • The relationship between material systems and institutions and cultural systems and institutions.
  • The concept and reality of class within the international legal community, within international development studies and welfare strategies, and within a “flattening” world of globalized economics and geopolitical relations.

For more information on ClassCrits, please visit www.classcrits.org.  For any questions regarding the workshop, feel free to email the workshop organizers, Danni Hart, Southwestern Law School (dhart@swlaw.edu), and René Reich-Graefe, Western New England University School of Law (rene.reich-graefe@law.wne.edu).

Proposal Submission Procedure and Deadline

Please submit a completed draft of your WIP paper by email to classcrits@classcrits.org no later than December 28, 2020, together with the following details:

  • Completed draft of the WIP paper, including a title and short abstract, author’s name, contact information, institutional affiliation (if any), and short author bio (1-3 sentences, also identifying current status as junior scholar in accordance with the eligibility criteria set forth above).

WIP paper authors invited to present at the workshop will be notified by December 30, 2020.

Call for Papers: Sections on Clinical Legal Education, Property, and Community Economic Development Joint Program

The Clinical Legal Education, Property, and Community Economic Development Sections are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which one to three additional presenters will be selected for a joint program to be held during the AALS 2021 Annual Meeting in San Francisco on A Right to Housing! Law & Activism to Eradicate Homelessness.

Submission guidelines:  Please submit a 300 – 400 word abstract in Word or PDF to Chair of the Property Section, Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand with “Submission: AALS Housing Program” in the subject line. Submissions must be received by September 30, 2020. Preference will be given to abstracts for projects that are substantially complete and that offer novel scholarly insights. Untenured scholars in particular are encouraged to submit their work.

The author of the selected paper(s) will be notified by October 15, 2020. The Call for Paper presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.

Call-for-Papers:

Call for Papers: The Power of Supply Chains; Open Source Program; January 5-9, 2021, AALS Annual Meeting

Anita Ramasastry (University of Washington), David Snyder (American University) and Jonathan Lipson (Temple) have put together an “open source” program, “The Power of Supply Chains,” to be held as part of the AALS annual meeting.  The program will focus on legal questions raised by supply chains and supply chain agreements.  The study of supply chains crosses doctrinal fields, including those set forth on the Appendix to this Call for Papers.  We are especially interested in the role that they can play in addressing human rights, environmental and other social and economic goals, as well as the effect that COVID has had on them.

In addition to two papers that we will select for presentation, invited speakers for the program include scholars who have written on these topics, as well as the vice chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights and chair of the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on Supply Chain Transparency.

If you wish to present a paper at this program, please submit a draft of the paper itself or an abstract by September 17, 2020.  Papers should be unpublished but substantially complete for panel review and discussion by December 4, 2020.  Abstracts and papers can be submitted to David Snyder (dsnyder@wcl.american.edu) who will gather the submissions for committee review.  Publication can be decided by the panel once the panel is finalized; one tentative publication offer has already been received.

Pursuant to AALS rules, faculty at fee-paid non-member law schools, foreign faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school), graduate students, fellows, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit. Please note that all presenters at the program are responsible for paying their own annual meeting registration fees and other related expenses.

Appendix—Nonexclusive List of Topics

            Supply chains and supply chain agreements involve many different areas of law, including the following:

•           Africa (where many natural resources and factories are located, as elsewhere in the developing world)

•           Agency, Partnership, LLC’s, and Unincorporated Associations (many supply chains include joint ventures as part of their organization)

•           Business Associations (supply chains can be within a corporation or its subsidiaries and are critical to the make-or-buy decision that is central to much commercial activity)

•           Civil Rights (because the civil rights of so many workers are affected by the economic power of supply chains)

•           Contracts (supply chains are generally governed by supply contracts)

•           Commercial and consumer law (supply chains often involve sales of goods, and consumer products involve consumer interests in moral buying choices)

•           Comparative Law (with different jurisdictions currently developing widely different legislative and administrative approaches to supply chain control, particularly around child labor and forced labor)

•           Conflict of Laws (as many supply chains are structured to achieve regulatory arbitrage)

•           Environmental Law (which looks to harness supply chains to achieve sustainability goals)

•           Family and Juvenile Law (because child labor is a constant issue)

•           Intellectual Property (often protection of IP is the single most important aspect of supply chain management, even more than cost and timing, because the brands are so valuable)

•           International Law (many supply chains are transnational and are governed by international law)

•           International Human Rights (workers’ human rights are often infringed or at risk)

•           Labor Relations and Employment Law (with labor rights at issue in many supply chains, and with unionization arguably an antidote to supply chain abuses)

•           Law and Economics (which addresses the questions of what legal structure is best to implement the make-or-buy decision)

•           National Security Law (which we now appreciate, as mission-critical supplies are threatened by supply chain disruptions)

•           Natural Resources and Energy Law (extractive industries are among the most notorious for supply chain abuses and are the focus of many of the sustainability goals in supply chains)

•           Poverty Law (which addresses issues related to exploited workers)

•           Taxation (as supply chains are structured with a close eye to taxation and transfer pricing, which is probably the highest value litigation currently going)

•           Torts and Compensation Systems (which govern the responsibility of those involved in the supply chains and which have traditionally addressed the privity issues raised by multilink supply chains)

•           Transactional Law and Skills (which implement the legal decisions made through appropriate contractual or corporate structure and documentation)

Call-for-papers: Racial Capitalism: An Elaboration in Legal Scholarship

The [St. John’s] Journal of Civil Rights & Economic Development has a call for papers out on Racial Capitalism: An Elaboration in Legal Scholarship. The deadline for abstracts is Oct. 1, 2020. The full call with details can be found here:

(My apologies–I have not figured out the new insert features on WordPress yet.)

-Thanks to Danielle Kie Hart and Francine Lipman for the heads up!

Call for Papers: Call for Papers AALS 2021: Politics, Pandemic, and the Future of Civil Rights and Poverty Law

Call for Papers AALS 2021

Politics, Pandemic, and the Future of Civil Rights and Poverty Law

A Joint Program of:
Civil Rights Section and 
Poverty Law Section

Co-Sponsored by:
Sections on 
Aging & the Law
Comparative Law
Law, Medicine & Health Care

With the real unemployment rate now literally at Great Depression levels, the COVID-19 public health crisis may be about to push the number of people in poverty dramatically upward. In the United States, shelter-in-place orders and suspension of “non-essential” businesses and workers have triggered economic hardship and civil unrest. Business closures have triggered furloughs and layoffs, in turn triggering loss of medical insurance, food security and housing for many. Not surprisingly, the most vulnerable groups suffer the biggest losses, while America’s billionaires have reportedly gotten $434 billion richer during the pandemic

Throughout the United States and around the globe, states have responded to these developments in a staggering variety of ways. These responses include the Trump-style denialism touted by some domestic governors and foreign heads of state intent on “keeping the economy open”; quarantine orders that implement gender segregationstates of emergency that open the door to abuse of police powers and suspended civil rights; attacks on the voting rights regimes through which government policies are held accountable to the many rather than the few.  From every perspective, this pandemic repeatedly unveils the interconnection between economic concerns addressed by poverty law and the equality, liberty and justice concerns addressed by civil rights laws and advocacy both in this country and others.

Accordingly, this joint program invites responses to questions such as:  

  • Could a “new American poverty” prompt a reconsideration of law and policy of New Deal proportions, both within the United States, and across the hemisphere, if not globally?  
  • When we meet — with the November election behind us — how do we expect federal and state authorities to respond to trends (e.g., widening income inequality) that predate but may have been exacerbated both by the pandemic and by the legislative and policy developments of recent years? 
  • How can law and policy, both domestically at a federal and state level and globally at an international and comparative level effectively mitigate existing racial, ethnic, gender, regional, and other inequities likely to be exacerbated in both the near and long terms?  

Selected papers from this session will be published with the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy.

Form and length of submission: 

Submissions should include abstracts of no more than 500 words and may represent drafts or works-in-progress, so long as the ideas are sufficiently developed to contribute substantively to the moderated panel discussion.

Submission method and due date: 

The session will be co-moderated by Professors Elizabeth Iglesias and Professor Danielle Pelfrey Duryea. Submissions should be directed to iglesias@law.miami.edu and dpelfrey@bu.edu and are due no later than Monday, August 31, 2020.  A committee of members from the Sections on Civil Rights and Poverty Law will review the proposals and authors of selected papers will be notified by Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Presenters will be responsible for paying their registration fee and hotel and travel expenses.

Call for Papers: Rural Legal Scholars Workshop

Call for Papers
Rural Legal Scholars Workshop

The University of South Dakota School of Law will host a workshop this fall for legal scholars whose work engages with rural issues. The workshop will be held via Zoom on Friday, October 30, 2020, from 9 am until 4 pm CST.

This conference will focus on works-in-progress about legal issues viewed through the lens of rurality or rural- urban difference. Submissions may encompass any topic that addresses or investigates rurality and the law. To the extent possible, participants will be expected to attend the full day of Zoom sessions and read and comment on other works. If you are interested in workshopping a paper, please submit a title and abstract to Hannah Haksgaard at hannah.haksgaard@usd.edu no later than Friday, August 7.

Final drafts for circulation to other participants will be due October 9.
If you wish to attend all or part of the conference as a commentator without workshopping a paper, please e-mail

hannah.haksgaard@usd.edu.

Call for Papers for Special Issues: COVID-19: Lessons for and from Vulnerability Theory

Call for Papers for a Special Issue [hyperlink to PDF call]

International Journal of Discrimination and the Law

COVID-19: Lessons for and from Vulnerability Theory
Editors Nicole Busby and Grace James
with Special Guest Editor Martha Albertson Fineman

Submissions Deadline: 31 October 2020
Manuscripts will be considered as they are received

Martha Fineman’s vulnerability theory is premised on an understanding of the human condition as one of universal and constant vulnerability. As human beings, our embodied state leaves us susceptible to continuous change in our well-being and our embeddedness in social institutions and arrangements and the nature and operation of those institutions enable us, to varying degrees, to build and exercise resilience. Fineman’s notion of the universal body, ‘understood as prior to the social or political, as independent of existing or imagined ethical, or moral social arrangements’1 provides a useful starting point for thinking about the effects of and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic across different states and within different legal contexts.

The editors of this special issue are interested in submissions which interrogate how states have historically organised their social welfare responses to vulnerability and how those social arrangements have mitigated or exacerbated the effects of the pandemic. Such insights may provide commentaries on how governmental responses should be devised and supported using the lessons learned. Rather than framing these interrogations and responses by way of a traditional non-discrimination approach which distinguishes between individuals and groups on the grounds of their perceived specific vulnerabilities, analyses should start from the perspective of our shared universal vulnerability as embodied beings. In this way we seek to explore how the corporeal manifestations of the pandemic are reflected, deflected and reproduced in and by the state in its various guises and within different contexts by way of pre-existing institutions, relationships and the arrangements that flow from them and to identify the route out of this that a vulnerability perspective offers.

Contributions are welcome which explore experiences of the pandemic within a single state, geographical region or through a comparative approach and which consider the impact of the pandemic on one area of law and/or policy (for example, family law, social security law, medical law, economic law, employment law, etc.) or across legal and policy frameworks more generally.

Relevant questions for consideration include:

  • How has the state’s historical conceptions of vulnerability impacted on its responses to the current pandemic?
  • Has the focus on ‘particularised bodies’ limited state responses to Covid-19?
  • What has the pandemic revealed about the current construction of social relationshipsand institutions and how might a vulnerability approach be used in response?
  • What do state responses to Covid-19 tell us about the current construction of thehuman body in legal and policy frameworks?
  • What does the pandemic tell us about the role of legal subjectivity in constructing therelationships and institutions that order society for everyone?
  • What has the pandemic exposed regarding who bears the burdens for the socialreproduction of society and its institutions and how might this be impacted in future?
  • What might the crisis mean for reimagining the ‘responsive state’?

Suggested reading:
M.A. Fineman ‘Vulnerability and Inevitable Inequality’ Oslo Law Review, 4 (2017), 133.
M.A. Fineman ‘Vulnerability and Social Justice’ Valparaiso University Law Review, 53 (2019) 2, 341-370.
M.A. Fineman ’Beyond Equality and Discrimination’ 73 SMU Law Review Forum 73 (2020) 51, available: https://scholar.smu.edu/smulrforum/vol73/iss1/7/

How to Submit
Contributions of between 8,000-10,00 words (including references) are welcome. Submissions should comply with the guidance available here: https://journals.sagepub.com/author- instructions/JDI#WritingYourPaper and will be subject to full peer review.
Submit your manuscript online by 31st October 2020 at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijdl
Please feel free to contact the editors, Nicole Busby (Nicole.Busby@glasgow.ac.uk) or Grace James (c.g.james@reading.ac.uk) if you require more information.