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Call for Papers


Call for Papers
Deadline for Abstract Submission: August 15, 2013

Yale Law School is proud to host the 3rd Doctoral Scholarship Conference. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share and discuss their work beyond the usual academic boundaries. It seeks to promote quality research and facilitate discussion across diverse subjects with a view to fostering a community of aspiring legal scholars.


This year's conference sets out to explore the relationship between law and uncertainty. It examines how law and the issues it addresses areshaped by natural and man-made uncertainties. It further sets out to explore how the law, in its manybranches, attempts to regulate, restrict and manage theuncertainties that shape individual and collective life, often by constructing categories, concepts, doctrines, and theories

But can law effectively regulate uncertainty? Is uncertainty necessarily undesirable or can it be a positive force for social and political transformation? Does it facilitate the location and exploration of cracks in the edifice of law? How do different fields of law such as administrative law, constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, international law and others deal with the issue of uncertainty? And how do different legal systems and diverse legal theories differ in their approach to uncertainty? These are only some of the many facets of the relationship between law and uncertainty, and submissions are welcome on any related issues.


The conference is open to current doctoral candidates, both in law and law-related disciplines, and those who graduated during the previous academic year. We welcome submissions engaging all areas of law. Papers will be selected based on quality as well as their capacity to engage with other submissions to provoke fruitful debate. Selection will be informed, but not strictly bound, by fidelity to the theme.

Submissions: Abstracts of 300-500 words (with your institutional affiliation(s)) should be submitted to yls.doctoralconference@gmail.com by August 15, 2013. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by mid September 2013, and selected presenters must submit their papers of up to 10,000 words in length by November 08, 2013.

We regret that we are unable to provide financial assistance. Selected presenters however may request to be hosted within the Yale Law School community.

This conference is supported by theOscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.