15th Cornell Law School Inter-University Graduate (Virtual) Conference : May 6-7, 2021


Call for Papers

The goal of the conference is to provide young scholars with the possibility to present and discuss their work with peers. We welcome submissions from current J.S.D./S.J.D., Ph.D., Master’s and J.D. students, postdocs researchers in law and other related disciplines, and junior faculty members.

The conference will be organized along four fields of research: Comparative Public Law and International Law; Criminal Law Theory; Law and Economics; and Law and Technology. A description of each field is included below. We encourage submissions that approach any of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words indicating the panel or panels for which you wish to be considered, and a short bio that includes your discipline and institution. Submissions should be sent to gls@cornell.edu by February 15, 2021. Selected participants will be notified no later than February 19, 2021 and will have to submit their final draft by April 5, 2021. Please do not include any personal information in your abstract. Submissions will be selected through a blind process and decisions will be made based on the quality of the abstract.

Should you have any questions, also feel free to contact gls@cornell.edu, specifying “Inter-University Graduate Conference” in the subject of the email.

Comparative Public Law and International Law 

We are seeking insightful abstracts in this broad area, ranging from empirical studies on contemporary and emerging issues to theoretical articles, and including reflections on the methodology and possible limits of studying law comparatively and interdisciplinary. Topics may include, but are not limited to, state theory, nationalism, cosmopolitanism and international order; comparative studies on constitutional conceptions, institutional design and behaviors of constitutional and non-state actors; studies on social justice, inequality, human rights, transitional justice, national and international security, public health, and environment.

Criminal Law Theory 

We welcome abstracts that approach criminal law, criminal procedure, and punishment from philosophical, comparative, and critical perspectives. This panel will explore contemporary global debates about the criminal justice system’s role and scope in democratic societies. Topics include, but are not limited to, the democratization of the criminal law, justifications for punishment, the carceral state, and abolition; gender, race, class and their relation to punishment; comparative criminal law and criminal procedure; the role of criminal law actors — prosecutors, practitioners, judges — in the criminal justice system.

Law and Economics 

We welcome abstracts that apply, on the one hand, methodologies traditionally used by economists to the study of law, and, on the other hand, methodologies traditionally used by lawyers to the study of economics. This panel will explore the ways in which both disciplines can interact, improve and challenge each other. Topics include, but are not limited to, antitrust; international economic law; decentralized dispute resolution; contracts; trade law; law and political economy; and public policy.

Law and Technology 

We welcome abstracts exploring various issues on the intersection of law and technology. This panel will provide an interactive environment in which participants can share ideas and thoughts regarding the development of legal frameworks in response to the common challenges brought by technical innovations. Topics include, but are not limited to, digital health technologies in the time of COVID-19; data privacy and artificial intelligence; technological development and the transformation of law enforcement; ethical issues in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.