The Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum will be held at Stanford Law School, October 9 and 10, 2015. This is an annual event is open to young legal scholars from all over the world. The aim of the forum is to encourage legal scholarship, and to foster interdisciplinary work on the legal system in our increasingly globalized academic world. The process begins with a request for abstracts; out of these, which were submitted from dozens of countries, and in very impressive numbers, about 50 young scholars were asked to submit full papers. These were ranked and analyzed by an international team of scholars. Eleven were finally selected; and these young scholars were invited to come to Stanford for the forum itself.

The format of the forum will be as follows: the papers will be distributed well in advance via a secure website to participants and invited guests. The papers will not be formally presented at the forum. Instead, two senior scholars will comment on each paper. The author will then have a chance to respond to these comments, or to add to what they have said. That will be followed by general discussion, open to other participants and others in attendance.

The director of the forum is Lawrence M. Friedman. The commentators will include: from Stanford, Nora Engstrom, Deborah Hensler; Amalia Kessler; others will include Eric Feldman (Pennsylvania); Stewart Macaulay (Wisconsin); Anupam Chander (U. of California, Davis); Eric Talley (Columbia); Gillian Hadfield (Southern California); Xingzhong Yu (Cornell); also, Kjell Modeer (Lund, Sweden), Rogelio Perez-Perdomo (Stanford and Caracas, Venezuela); Setsuo Miyazawa (Waseda University, Japan; and University of California, Hastings); Helen Irving (Sydney).

Stanford Law School is proud to serve as the host for this forum. It is our hope and expectation that the forum will facilitate the exchange of ideas among young scholars from around the world, and advance the cause of interdisciplinary legal scholarship.