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Inter-University Graduate Conference

GLOBAL FLOWS  Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Legal Regulation

Cornell Law School is proud to host its 11th Annual Inter-University Graduate Conference on April 16-17, 2015. The oldest ongoing conference of its kind, we provide graduate students with a forum to present and discuss their research. We are particularly interested in quality research papers that are ambitious in pushing the academic boundaries, e.g.,those having controversial claims or using unconventional forms and methodologies.

In previous years, we have dealt with a variety of subjects, including the interdisciplinary research in "Changing Faces in Legal Thinking" and the identity crisis of legal scholarship in "Crossroads". Our theme this year is GLOBAL FLOWS  Challenges and Opportunities for Law and Legal Regulation. Law constitutes, encourages and responds to the social, ideological, and political incentives, experiences and conditions of its time. Presently, global flows of information, data, capital, legal practices, workers and social movements both put pressure on and create opportunities for regulation and new legal orders. From the movement of health care providers to deal with pandemics, to the movement of resistance and assembly, legal practitioners and scholars face new challenges to law's efficacy and normative contribution. In addition, businesses that focus on organizational excellence through process optimization affect global flows of resources and services, generating complex and intertwined spatial interactions to which the law must react.Global flows are responsible for a growing discourse between legal operators all around the world, whether said discourse is dialogical or reactive in nature. They have enacted and will continue to enact the migration of legal practices and legal ideas. They promote, or in some cases require, judicial dialogue and intervention. They shape the dialectical convergence/divergence of North and South.The 11th Annual Inter-University Graduate Conference invites you to consider how Global Flows have permeated the legal frameworks of your respective fields.

We welcome applications from all graduate students (particularly JSDs/SJDs and PhDs) involved in legal scholarship. Papers in all areas of law may be submitted. Selections should be informed by the theme. However, submissions are not bound by the theme and the selections will be based both on the quality of the proposal and its capacity to engage in a dialog with other submissions.

Please send a 250-500 word abstract description of the paper you would like to present. Submissions should be sent to the following email address:

Submissions must be received by February 20, 2015 for consideration by the conference committee. The papers selected for presentation will be announced no later than February 27. Final papers will be due by no later than April 3rd and will be circulated to conference presenters through Dropbox.

Call for Papers