CFP: Younger Comparativists Global Conf — New Orleans, LA

American Society of Comparative Law

Tulane University Law School hosts the Fifth Annual YCC Global Conference (Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law) March 18-19, 2016. Abstracts are due by Oct. 30, 2015.

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law (“the Committee”) is pleased to invite submissions for the Fifth Annual YCC Global Conference, to be held on March 18-19, 2016, at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists.

Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility

Submissions on any subject in public or private comparative law are welcome.  Eligible scholars may submit individual papers or propose fully formed panels.  The Committee accepts individual paper submissions and proposals for panels (usually 3 to 4 presenters).  The Committee encourages submissions and panel proposals in all areas of comparative law, and particularly in the areas of business law, insolvency, antitrust/competition law, intellectual property law, litigation, and arbitration.

Only individuals who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or in another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2016, are eligible for individual submissions or as panel presenters.  Graduate students enrolled in masters or doctoral programs are also eligible to submit proposals.

Submission Instructions

To submit an individual paper or propose a fully formed panel, scholars must email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than October 30, 2015, to the following address:

Abstracts and panel proposals should reflect original research and thought.  Submitted papers may not be published, but may have been accepted for publication at the time of the conference.  Abstracts and panel proposals must include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, position at the institution, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar.  Graduate students must identify themselves as such.

Each scholar may submit only one individual paper or panel proposal.  Individual and co-authored papers may also be submitted.  When submitting co-authored papers, both authors must qualify as eligible younger comparativists.

Proposals for fully formed panels must be organized around a common theme and include a confirmed list of the panel members and the required submission information. When submitting a panel proposal, the proposal must include the abstract of each participating presenter.  For panel proposals, please also include the words “panel proposal” in the subject line of your submission email.

The Committee will group individual and co-authored papers by subject area and assign them to different panels by relevance.  Concurrent panels will be held on two days, both March 18th and 19th.

Colin B. Picker Graduate Student Prize

The Third Annual Colin B. Picker Prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a graduate student.  To be considered for the award, graduate students must first submit an abstract to the Committee by the above specified conference deadline of October 31, 2015, and have that abstract accepted for the main conference.  Following acceptance of their abstract, graduate students may then submit their final papers by January 31, 2016, for consideration of the Colin B. Picker Prize.  To do so the final papers must be submitted to the following email address: and contain the subject line  “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.”  Papers submitted without the proper subject line and papers received after January 31, 2016, will not be considered for the award.


Authors and panel proposers will be notified of the acceptance of their submissions and proposals by no later than December 11, 2015.

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging, and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request clearly in your submission.  In your stipend request, please identify whether you are affiliated with an institution that is a member of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Paper Deadline

All scholars selected for the conference must submit final papers by email to no later than February 19, 2016.

Please direct all inquiries to Professor Sally Brown Richardson, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at or telephone at 504.865.5961.

About the author

Reference librarian, University of Washington School of Law