Category Archives: Conferences

Call For Papers: 2020 Law and Development Conference: “Law and Development in High Income Countries”

06 Nov 2020, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

The Law and Development Institute ( and Bucerius Law School will co-host the 2020 Law and Development Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Economic development is the term that has been associated with less developed countries in the Third World (“developing countries”), not the economically advanced countries (“developed countries”). However, development problems in high income countries are not less important. Changing economic conditions in recent decades caused stagnating wages and widening economic gaps among individual citizens and regions within developed countries. Stagnant economic growth deepening economic polarization and institutional incapacity to deal with these issues can be observed in several rich countries. Private law, public law, and institutions in general play a crucial role in addressing these problems. The conference addresses law and development issues relevant to high income countries on the following sub-topics.

– Poverty and Inequality in High Income Countries and the Role of Law

– Legal and Institutional Frameworks for Growth and Stability in High Income Countries

– The Role of State and Development in Industrialized Countries

– International Trade, WTO and Substitute Institutions

We ask all interested speakers to submit one-page paper abstracts by January 31, 2020. (Please indicate the relevant sub-topic in your submission.) We expect abstracts, papers, and presentations in English language.


Abstract Submission: January 31, 2020

Notification of Acceptance: February 28, 2020

Final Selection of Speakers: March 15, 2020

Full Papers Due: September 15, 2020

Please note that all conference papers will be uploaded on the conference website and will be accessible by the general public (with the attachment of appropriate copyright notice).

Selected papers will be published in Law and Development Review Special Issue in 2021.

All speakers and participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements during the conference.

PAPER SUBMISSIONS/FURTHER INFORMATION: Please submit your abstract and conference inquiries to Law and Development Institute (Professor Y.S. Lee) by email at

Upcoming conference: Robert M. Cover Retreat, February 21-23, 2020 Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Full details about this conference (meant for public interest law students) can be found here.

Call-for-Papers & Conference: 11th Annual Conference on Law, Property, and Society

Call-for-Papers & Conference: 11th Annual Conference on Law, Property, and Society. ALPS will hold its 11th annual meeting at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 21­–23, 2020. Call-for-papers deadline Jan. 31, 2020.

-This is a property conference but always has quite a few papers focusing on poverty-related issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, and inequality.

Call-for-Proposals: 2020 Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium: Race, Class, and Environmental Justice

Call-for-Proposals: 2020 Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium: Race, Class, and Environmental Justice, March 6, 2020. Deadline for proposals: Friday, October 18, 2019.

Call below:

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review seeks proposals for its 104th annual Symposium, which will focus on Race, Class, and Environmental Justice and will be held Friday, March 6, 2019 [sic], in Detroit, Michigan.  Proposals, which should be approximately 250–500 words, are due no later than 5 p.m. EST on Friday, October 18, 2019.  Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the impact of water and air quality issues on marginalized people; the history of ecological inequities and the law; legal approaches to climate change and global warming; challenges arising from efforts to increase the use of renewable energy; legal and equitable issues connected with deep decarbonization projects; and any other topic related to race, class, and environmental justice.  Please include a current CV with your proposal and indicate whether the proposal is for a presentation only, or whether you also plan to submit an article for possible publication.  Preference will be given to proposals that include plans for an article, which will be due to the Law Review on Friday, March 13, 2019 [sic].  Proposals and questions should be directed to Bridget Underhill, Symposium Director, at

Conference: Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience

Conference: Land and Poverty Conference 2020: Institutions for Equity and Resilience, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., March 16-20, 2020.

About this Event:

Welcome to the 21st Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty! This year’s conference theme will be: Institutions for Equity & Resilience.

The Land and Poverty conference 2020 presents the latest research and innovations in policies and good practice on land governance around the world. This conference has become one of the largest international events on land governance, attracting over 1,400 participants from governments, academics, civil society, and the private sector. Please consult the video recordings, papers, and presentations from the 2019 conference and the 2018 conference.


DATE: March 16–20, 2020

VENUE: 1818 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20433

CONTACT: For general queries and questions related to conference participation or use of ConfTool, please send email to:

Conference: Movement Lawyering Conference: Building Power in Communities of Color

Conference: Movement Lawyering Conference: Building Power in Communities of Color, Howard University School of Law, Oct. 16, 2019.

About this Event:

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, Advancement Project National Office along with cosponsors Law for Black Lives and the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, will host a conference uplifting the racial justice movement lawyering model that is used by Advancement Project National Office, Law For Black Lives and others. Our strategic goal is not just civil rights litigation, but rather holistic strategies that center and support the genius of ordinary people to attack systems and build long-term power.

This conference is meant for lawyers, law students, organizers, communicators and those interested in supporting grassroots organizations and communities of color in building power to dismantle structural racism.

Speakers include:

Judith Browne Dianis, Executive Director, Advancement Project National Office

Justin Hansford, Associate Professor of Law at Howard University and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives

Vince Warren, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights

Mary Hooks, Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground (invited)

Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal and Advocacy Director, Project South

Ashley Sawyer, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Girls for Gender Equity

Kayla Reed, Co-Director, Action St. Louis

Blake Strode, Executive Director, Arch City Defenders

Jovana Renteria, Puente Human Rights Movement

Alana Greer, Co-Director, Community Justice Project

Amanda Alexander, Executive Director, Detroit Justice Center (invited)

Thomas Mariadason, Deputy Director, Asian Law Caucus (invited)

Montague Simmons, Local Justice Director, Movement Voter Project

Phil Agnew, Co-Founder, Dream Defenders

Scott Roberts, Senior Director of Criminal Justice Campaigns, Color of Change

Call-for-Papers and Conference: “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here,” April 10-11, 2020, UC Berkeley School of Law

Call-for-Papers and Conference: “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here,” April 10-11, 2020, UC Berkeley School of Law, Berkeley, CA. PDF of the call here: Poverty Law Call for Papers Berkeley April 2020

Announcing the fourth biennial poverty law conference, “Poverty Law? Where We Go From Here” hosted by Berkeley Law on April 10-11, 2020. This conference will focus on the evolving nature of our collective obligation to each other, on changes to national, state, and local antipoverty programs, and on the future of poverty law as a field. This conference is a gathering for all those whose work focuses on the relationship between law and socio-economic marginality, broadly construed.

There are three main tracks to the conference:

  1. The History and/or Future of Antipoverty Efforts and Programs
  2. Antipoverty Teaching, Service, and Research
  3. General Poverty Law (subject matter not limited)

If you would like to present, please submit a title and abstract by Oct. 18, 2019 to

Please note: there is no conference registration fee, but presenters are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We look forward to seeing you in April 2020!

Conference Committee:
Abbye Atkinson (
Khiara Bridges (
Joy Milligan (
Ezra Rosser (
Jeffrey Selbin (
Karen Tani (

–Let me add two things. First, I think this will be a great conference. The last three poverty law conferences (see here for 2013 at American University, here for 2016 at Seattle University, and here for 2018 at American University) have been great in terms of participation, keynote speakers, and diversity of topics. If you are doing work at all related to poverty law or vulnerable populations, please email me. Second, these conferences are big undertakings for a school and Berkeley is doing a tremendous service hosting the conference, so thank you in advance to my fellow conference committee members (and to their Dean)!

Conference: A Global Lawyer: Celebrating the Contributions of Herman Schwartz to the Rule of Law

Conference: A Global Lawyer: Celebrating the Contributions of Herman Schwartz to the Rule of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Sept. 27, 2019. Though the program focuses on his other contributions (prison reform, human rights in Israel, and comparative constitutional law), Herman also taught a social justice class (that I audited for a semester) and worked especially on food issues. He has been a great colleague but I am happy for him, in part because I know he will continue to be around after this celebration.

Call-for-Papers: Law and Political Economy: Democracy After Neoliberalism

Call-for-Papers: Law and Political Economy: Democracy After Neoliberalism. April 3-4, 2020, Yale Law School. Submission deadline: Sept. 15, 2019.

Call-for-Papers and Conference: A Workshop on Vulnerability and the Organisation of Academic Labour

Call-for-Papers and Conference: A Workshop on Vulnerability and the Organisation of Academic Labour, October 25-26, 2019, Nottingham Trent University. Email a proposal as a Word or PDF document by Wednesday, July 17 to Graham Ferris ( and Stu Marvel ( Decisions will be made by Monday, July 22 and working paper drafts will be due Friday, October 4 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop. Overview below:

Vulnerability, which arises from the fact that we are embodied beings, is the universal human condition. While this insight is important to understand how human beings are inevitably embedded within social institutions, such as the workplace and systems of education, the language of vulnerability also allows us to analyse institutional forms of organisation and operation. As human creations, our institutions are vulnerable to capture, corruption, failure and change, which can frustrate or pervert the vital role they play in regard to the wellbeing of individuals and the reproduction of society.

This workshop is interested in exploring the intersection of individual and institutional vulnerability in the context of academic labour, with special interest in legal academics, law schools, and the legal profession. We invite participants to interrogate the purpose of legal education in relation to the reproduction of democratic societies, with attention to the complex and interlinked nature of vulnerability in legal education, legal practice, and legal governance. We believe that the discipline of law, along with other social and political institutions, plays an important structural role in codifying or containing norms and values, and also in defining the roles and relationships of the professional and professional institutions within society. Framing this discussion around the legal profession is thus a useful launching pad for a broader discussion of academic labour and the neoliberalization of the academy more generally.

University-based legal education around the world is subject to serious pressures that threaten to distort its mission and undermine the resilience of its academic practitioners. Sources of resilience are degraded by many features of modern academic life. Of deep concern is audit culture, which relies upon metrics that incentivise gaming, undermine professionalism, and produce professional alienation through demands to respond to distorting and distracting metrics. Universities are also increasingly spaces of precarious employment, which both generates economic and psychological insecurity and undermines professionalism through the fragmentation of tasks. Modern workplaces are shaped by an incessant need to respond to change in the disciplinary, institutional, technological, and performative realms – a feature of reflexive modernity generally and managerialism in particular. Finally, the marketisation of education tends to perceive the legal educational mission as instrumental rather than ethically or culturally meaningful, thus adding to alienation.

Legal professional work is also impacted by forces that can degrade the resilience of practioners, which has implications for the content and design of legal education. Precarious employment, new types of sub-professional employment (para-legal positions), and the de-skilling of tasks through workplace organisation and uses of information technology have all shifted the foundation of lawyering as a profession. At the same time, there is a constant pressure to increase billing hours alongside the neglect of mentoring and development and employee wellbeing. Contemporary notions of professionalism have become increasingly narrow in focus, as market forces have transformed professional relationships into commercial transactions and contributed to the commodification of services.

How law schools and individual academics should respond to these changing life chances of their students is unclear and under-researched. On a global level, the public sphere of debate and trust in law as a fair and efficient instrument of governance is under strain in an era of rising populism – and the role of law schools and legal professionals in responding to this threat is under-theorized and under-articulated. This Workshop seeks to explore how a vulnerability focus might help us to rethink such fundamental questions of social and structural responsibility, and the mechanisms of governance required to translate these frameworks into action. We invite papers examining any of these issues, or the relationship between them, through the application of vulnerability theory.