Call For Papers

Stanford Law, the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS), Stanford Program in Law and Society and Queen’s University Faculty of Law is hosting a symposium on ‘Borders: Laws of Physical and Conceptual Space:’

Borders can be physical spaces that set the boundaries for countries, cities and so on. Borders can also be concepts that divide ways about thinking about the law (for instance, competing legal theories). Or they can be social constructs that separate different forms of individual identity. We will examine the relationship between law and the many disparate types of borders.

The symposium will be held at Stanford Law School on March 6 and 7, 2020. Faculty and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts (300 words or fewer) and a one-paragraph bio with contact details by September 30, 2019 to Maria O’Neill, Program Coordinator, at moneill@law.stanford.edu. We will not be accepting abstracts after September 30.

The symposium provides an opportunity for the presentation of papers, discussion, and debate on a broad set of legal issues relating to the symposium’s theme. There are two ways to participate, and submissions should specify which of the two approaches are of interest.

First, panelists can present papers connected to the symposium’s theme.

Second, individuals can discuss, in a more informal roundtable format, how their research or activism is connected to the themes noted above. While this participation does not involve paper presentations, interested persons should provide, in addition to their bio, a short outline of the focus of their proposed talks.

The conference is co-organized by Prof. Amalia Kessler, Stanford Law, and Prof. Arthur Cockfield, Queen’s University Faculty of Law. Prof. Lawrence Friedman, Stanford Law, is also assisting with organization.