Conferences


Click on a conference to see more details about the event. 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. 


Friday, November 11, 2016


2016 Doctoral Scholarship Conference

Yale Law School is proud to host the Sixth Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, 2016. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share, and debate their work.

Friday, April 29, 2016


2016 Conference on Comparative Administrative Law

Administrative Law is becoming a lively field for comparative research, and the Comparative Administrative Law Initiative at Yale Law School is partly responsible for that development. In the interest of contributing to the growth of the field, the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School and the University of Connecticut Law School will host a conference on April 29-30, 2016 for the second edition of Comparative Administrative Law, edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman and Peter Lindseth. The new edition of this conference will include many new chapters by emerging scholars and will give broader regional coverage than the first edition. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Symposium on Founding Moments in Constitutionalism

This symposium, featuring scholars from around the world, will explore the phenomenon of a "founding moment" in constitutionalism. Founding moments are landmark events that break ties with the ancien regime and lay the foundation for the establishment or re-establishment of modern states. Founding moments may shape national law, influence surrounding countries, establish future power structures and legitimize certain political institutions within the country. Our ambition is to bring coherence to this subject, which has been observed but not yet theorized.

Monday, April 11, 2016


Canada In The World: Comparative Perspectives On The Canadian Constitution at 150

This conference will feature comparative perspectives on the Canadian Constitution, with a keynote address by the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.  It marks the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Constitution of Canada in 2017.

Saturday, April 9, 2016


2016 Critical Race Theory Conference

As the media, schools, and policy makers begin to explore the systematic oppression of marginalized groups and use critical narratives such as White supremacy, privilege, and implicit bias, to describe causes of current injustices, Critical Race Theorists have the opportunity to collaborate with practitioners to put theory into action.

Friday, April 1, 2016


Unlocking the Black Box Conference

This conference will explore early achievements among those working for algorithmic accountability, and will help chart the future development of an academic community devoted to accountability as a principle of research, investigation, and action.

Friday, February 26, 2016


2016 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference

Under this year's theme of Cascading Change, we will highlight opportunities and controversies in the environmental field, focusing on individuals and organizations that are reshaping our legal, social, political, and physical environments. Through innovation, collaboration, and disruptive activities, these persons are sending out ripples of change in the world around them.

Friday, February 26, 2016


29th Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat

Winning the Social Justice Race: Lawyering Toward a Revolution

Friday, February 19, 2016


Rebellious Lawyering Conference

RebLaw is the largest student-run public interest conference in the country. Every year the conference brings together practitioners, law students, and community activists from around the country to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. The conference seeks to build a community of law students, practitioners, and activists seeking to work in the service of social change movements and to challenge hierarchies of race, wealth, gender, and expertise within legal practice and education. 

Friday, December 11, 2015


Fifth Annual Immigration Litigation Roundtable

The Immigration Litigation Roundtable is an annual convening to further strategic litigation for immigrants’ rights. Readings are listed at the end of this document. Each session begins with a few short, framing comments as a prelude to in-depth discussion among all participants.

Friday, December 4, 2015


2015 Doctoral Scholarship Conference

Yale Law School is proud to host the 5th Doctoral Scholarship Conference, which will be held on December 4-5, 2015. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share and debate their work. It seeks to promote high-quality research and to facilitate a dialogue across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a community of aspiring legal scholars.

Friday, November 13, 2015


The New Health Care Industry: Integration, Consolidation, Competition in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act

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.

Friday, 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.

Friday, October 30, 2015


2015 Yale Food System Symposium: New Alliances that Shape a Food Movement

People in food movements around the world envision a future where our food systems restore degraded ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve community health, and facilitate more equitable economic exchange.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Law & Inequality Conference at Yale

On October 16–17, 2015, the Yale American Constitution Society will host a national conference to discuss how law shapes and is shaped by extreme economic inequality. Our speakers will discuss the ways that concentrated economic power imperils democracy and constitutional ideals, the trends in jurisprudence and policy that have gotten us here, and how these same tools might be used to redress the current crisis.

Friday, October 2, 2015


Administrative Law from the Inside Out: A Conference on Themes in the Work of Jerry Mashaw

A conference examining the work of Professor Jerry Mashaw.

Thursday, 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. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015


2015 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference

The fifth annual New Directions in Environmental Law, hosted by the Yale Environmental Law Association in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry, brings together students, academics, policymakers and practitioners to take a rigorous look at emerging trends in environmental law and regulation.