CFP: Comparative Law WIP Workshop – Philadelphia, PA

American Society of Comparative Law

The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, University of Illinois College of Law, and American Society of Comparative Law issue the call for papers for the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop on Mar. 26-28, 2020 at the U. of Pennsylvania Law School. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 10, 2020. 

See details below.

March 26-28, 2020, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Co-Organized and Co-Hosted by:
Jacques deLisle (University of Pennsylvania Law School),
Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University), and
Jacqueline Ross (University of Illinois College of Law)

Co-sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Princeton University, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the American Society of Comparative Law.

We invite all interested comparative law scholars to consider submitting a paper to the next annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop, which will be held March 26-28, 2020 at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Interested authors should submit papers to Jacques deLisle at Please put “Comparative Law Workshop” in the subject line of your email when submitting. Papers must be submitted by January 10, 2020. We will inform authors of our decision by February 10, 2020. Participants whose papers have been accepted should plan to arrive in Philadelphia by the evening of Thursday March 26 and to depart in the afternoon or evening of Saturday March 28. We will be meeting all day on Friday but only the first half the day on Saturday, which will make it possible both for domestic and international visitors to catch flights out that evening.

The annual workshop is an important forum in which comparative law works 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 for 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.) Appropriate work for the workshop includes law review articles, book chapters, and other appropriate genres.

We ask for only one contribution per author and also ask authors to limit their papers to 15,000 words (including notes), or, if the paper (or book chapter) is longer, to indicate which 15,000 word portion they would like to have read and discussed.

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 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 paper authors, designated commentators, and faculty members of the host institutions. The group will be kept small enough to sit around a large table and to allow serious discussion. The authors will not present their papers at the workshop. The papers will be distributed well in advance and every participant is expected to have read all of them before 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 all of the papers. 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 a collection of the workshop papers. Paper authors may seek publication if, and wherever, they wish. The goal of the workshop is to improve the work before publication.

The Workshop is supported by the host school and the American Society of Comparative Law. Authors of papers and commentators will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and accommodations up to $600, either by the American Society of Comparative Law or the University of Pennsylvania Law School, in accordance with the ASCL reimbursement policy (as posted on its webpage.) We ask that authors inquire into funding opportunities at their home institutions before applying for reimbursement by the ASCL or by the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Research/Instruction Librarian, Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University