Call for Papers

The Stanford Program in International Legal Studies (SPILS) and the Stanford Program in Law and Society are hosting a symposium on ‘What’s Law Got To Do With It?: Examining the Role of Law in a Changing World.’ The symposium will investigate the theme of how domestic and international law has been challenged and shaped in recent years by, among other things, forces of nationalism, nativism, anti-globalism, as well as worries about terrorism. The symposium will also reflect on, and honour, the work of Professor Lawrence Friedman, a co-founder of SPILS and the Stanford Program in Law and Society.
The symposium will be held at Stanford Law School on November 2 and 3, 2017. Scholars and graduate law students are invited to submit abstracts and a one-paragraph bio with contact details by August 1, 2017 to Trish Gertridge, Director of Programs and Special Events, at We will not be accepting abstracts after August 1st.

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 will discuss how law and society research is connected to their efforts to address the challenges 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.

Second, panelists will present papers connected to the symposium’s theme. Articles will be published as a collection within a suitable journal.