CFP: Research Roundtable on Capitalism & the Rule of Law

The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economic Studies at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School is inviting applicants for a Spring 2022 Research Roundtable on “Capitalism & the Rule of Law.” The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2021.

TOPICS: We seek authors to develop, write, and present original research papers that focus on the importance and fundamental features of capitalism and of the Rule of Law, both generally and as applied in specific legal and economic contexts. Issues of interest include, but are not limited to:
– The essential meaning and attributes of capitalism, why they matter, and how they are to be preserved
– The essential meaning and attributes of the Rule of Law, why they matter, and how they are to be preserved
– Current threats to the sustainability of capitalism and the Rule of Law
– The Wealth of Nations
– Corporate Governance
– Stakeholder Capitalism
– Corporate Political Activity
– Rent seeking, rent extraction, and crony capitalism
– Woke Capitalism or Woke Policy in general
– The threat of 21st century populism
– International Trade Policy
– Industrial policy
– Nationalism
– Immigration and Open Borders
– Antitrust
– Big tech, market power, and antitrust
– Social justice initiatives
– Racial justice initiatives
– Employment and labor law
– Employee Speech
– Higher education and the marketplace of ideas
– Public health and the pandemic
– Civil Discourse
– And more . . .


SUBMISSIONS/PAYMENTS: Total honorarium payments of $12,000 per paper will be available to those who fulfill all the obligations of the program, which are described in detail below:


1. Submission of Research Proposal – Submission Deadline of October 15, 2021:

– Proposals should include a brief abstract of the proposed paper, which includes the statement the issue to be addressed and how the proposed analysis is novel and contributes to the relevant academic literature and policy debates. Any papers that plan to include empirical project analysis should include a plan for obtaining suitable data, proposed methodology. In addition, the proposal should address the feasibility for completion by June 30, 2022. Proposals should be no longer than three pages. Successful applicants will be notified by October 22, 2021.


2. Completion of First Draft (suitable for limited distribution to Research Roundtable participants) is due by Friday, January 28, 2022. Research Roundtable drafts should represent substantial work beyond the proposal, and suitable for presentation at a faculty workshop.


3. Research Roundtable, Destin, Florida (Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6, 2022):

– Selected authors will present well-developed drafts of their papers at a private Research Roundtable, which will be held at The Henderson Resort, in Destin, Florida. This Research Roundtable is designed to provide authors with constructive feedback from expert academics and practitioners in the field.

– The Research Roundtable will have 10 authors. All authors are expected to participate in the vetting of other papers. An additional 10 scholars will participate as commentators (every paper will have two primary commentators and each commentator will be assigned as primary commentator for 2 papers). The Research Roundtable is spread over 3.5 days to allow for informal interaction outside of sessions. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

– Authors chosen to present will be provided an honorarium of $4,000 per paper after presenting their work at the March roundtable, from which we expect participants to cover their own travel and incidental expenses. The LEC will arrange for and cover the cost of lodging.


4. Completion of Final Draft, Posting on SSRN, Submission to an Academic Journal, and Creation of an LEC Explainer Video Podcast (June 30, 2022):

– Authors are expected to revise their paper based on feedback from the Research Roundtable, and to seek publication in a suitable academic journal before June 30, 2022. As appropriate and in consultation with the authors, papers may be marketed as a collection for a book or a law review symposium. The LEC will also host these drafts as part of the Antonin Scalia Law School, Law & Economics Research Papers Series. In addition, authors will record a brief (10 minutes) video explaining their work, which will also be hosted on the LEC website ( Upon completion of these requirements, author(s) will receive a final honorarium of $8,000 per paper.

– In addition to the paper honorarium, incentive payments will be available to authors for writing op-eds, blog posts, and other materials that promote and expand the reach of their research.


In addition to providing honoraria, the LEC will provide lodging and meals at all events. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses. To submit a proposal for the Roundtable, please visit our website at

About the author

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