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Not all conferences have event pages on this site. More are listed on the YLS Calendar, but please note that it does not represent a comprehensive schedule of events at the school.

Past conferences appear under yearly indexes to the left.

April 9, 2015

Eighteenth Annual Liman Colloquium

This convening, the first jointly sponsored by both the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program and the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellowship, explores the expansion of the justifications for and forms of confinement. A record number – more than 11 million – of people are in detention. In addition to the classic justification of criminal punishment and detention prior to criminal trial, governments also have categories of “civil” detainees, including the mentally ill, juveniles, migrants, and those deemed a threat to national security. Their confinement often takes forms largely indistinguishable from prisons. Critics have numerous objections on legal, practical, and moral grounds, and because the numbers in detention place immense fiscal burdens on governments, many commentators believe that opportunities now exist to revisit these practices.
April 11, 2015

The New Normal in Election and Political Law Conference

The New Normal in Election and Political Law conference will bring together academics, advocates, practitioners, and strategists to discuss the state of our electoral regime, uncover opportunities for new scholarship, and discuss likely directions for future campaign practice. The conference will feature a keynote address from Federal Election Commission Chair Ann M. Ravel and panels on political parties, election design, ballot access and voter identification requirements, campaign finance disclosure, and the role for election law in political campaigns.
April 16, 2015

Policing Post-Ferguson Conference

This symposium explores how policing in the United States will and/or should be affected by the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent nationwide protests.
May 21, 2015

Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity: A Symposium and Book Launch

This symposium will gather a group of leading scholars from the fields of law, management, economics, political science, and sociology to examine the lack of diversity in the governance of business corporations, focusing on three overarching themes: 1. rationales for diversity in corporate governance; 2. quota regimes as regulatory models; and 3. non-quota possibilities and the future of diversity in the corporate sphere.
November 6, 2015

Law, Religion, and Politics: Challenges to Traditional Borders in Global and Comparative Perspectives

This conference marks the fourth anniversary of the Debating Law & Religion Series at Yale Law School. It will draw together leading scholars of religion from across traditional academic disciplines to reassess the place of religion in our contemporary societies. Panels will investigate the diversification of Church-State arrangements across the world as well as the emergence of counter-narratives that challenge the traditional arc of modern secularization.
November 13, 2015

The Consolidation of the Health Care Industry

This interdisciplinary conference, co-sponsored by Yale business school, will bring together leading voices from health care industry, government, and academia to evaluate the legal, economic, and medical effects of consolidation.