CFP: Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop – Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois College of Law, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the American Society of Comparative Law will co-sponsor the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop to be held January 31-February 2, 2019 at the University of Illinois. Authors are invited to submit paper submissions of up to 50 pages to be discussed.

The annual workshop continues to be an important forum in which comparative law work in progress can be explored among colleagues in a serious and thorough manner that will be truly helpful to the respective authors. “Work in progress” means scholarship that has reached a stage at which it is substantial enough to merit serious discussion and critique but that has not yet appeared in print (and can still be revised after the workshop, if it has already been accepted for publication.) It includes law review articles, book chapters, and other appropriate genres.

Our objective is not only to provide an opportunity for the discussion of scholarly work but also to create the opportunity for comparative lawyers to get together for two days devoted to nothing but talking shop, both in the sessions and outside. We hope that this will create synergy that fosters more dialogue, cooperation, and an increased sense of coherence for the discipline.

The participants in the workshop will consist of the respective authors, commentators, and faculty members of the host institutions. The overall group will be kept small enough to sit around a large table and to allow serious discussion. The papers will not be presented at the workshop. The papers will be distributed well in advance and every participant must have read all of them before attending the workshop. Each paper will be introduced and discussed first by two commentators before opening the discussion to the other workshop participants. Each of the authors selected for the workshop is expected to have read and to be prepared to discuss each of the papers selected. The author of each paper will be given an opportunity to respond and ask questions of his or her own. There are no plans to publish the papers. Instead, it is up to the authors to seek publication if, and wherever, they wish. The goal of the workshop is to improve the work before publication.

Interested authors should submit papers to Jacqueline Ross at by December 1, 2019.

About the author

Library Technology Specialist, West Virginia University College of Law