Become a Member

Membership in the American Society of Comparative Law is divided into several categories, including Sponsor Member, Individual Member, Sustaining Member, Patrons, and Corresponding Institutional Member. Membership is granted by affirmative majority vote of the Board of Directors held during the ASCL’s Annual Meeting or via voting by other means.

ASCL Membership Benefits

ASCL Members receive

  • Participation in the premier scholarly society in the US for comparative law.
  • Subscription to The American Journal of Comparative Law.
  • Ability to connect with top level scholars in the field through conferences and meetings.
  • Extensive scholarly resources for faculty members teaching comparative law.
  • Awards and prizes for members.
  • Unique opportunity to connect with young scholars in the field through YCC.

Membership Levels

Our Most Popular Membership Levels

Sponsor Member

Annual dues: $700

Open To:

Any school or institute devoted to comparative, foreign, or international law, any ABA law school, any bar association, and other school, institute, association, or corporation deemed qualified by the board of directors.

Membership Includes

  • A sponsor member (institution) names one director to the board and one editor to the Journal.
  • The director, editor, and school’s dean each receive a subscription to the American Journal of Comparative Law.
  • A sponsor member’s director and/or editor normally receives up to $600 reimbursement for expenses incurred in attending the annual meeting.
  • Sponsor members may also name Delegates ($50 each). These delegates are eligible to serve as officers or on committees and to attend meetings of the Society.

Individual Member

Annual dues (category a): $160
Annual dues (category b): $75

Open To:

Individuals other than those nominated by a Sponsor Member as an editor, director, or delegate.

Membership Includes

  • Attendance and participation (but not voting) in all meetings of Board of Editors or the Board of Directors.
  • Category A members are entitled to a subscription to the American Journal of Comparative Law.
  • Category B membership does not include a journal subscription.

Additional Membership Levels

Sustaining Member

Annual Dues: $500

Open To:

Any individual, law firm, corporation, or association.

Membership Includes:

  • Recognition in and a subscription to the Journal
  • Invitation to the annual meeting and program.

Corresponding Institutional Member

expectation of contribution

Open To:

Any legal research institution or comparative law society in a country other than the United States

Membership Includes:

  • Corresponding Institutional Members are exempt from the payment of dues and are expected to contribute to the activities of the Society.

Patron of the Society


Open To:

Any individual (living or deceased), law firm, corporation, or association, granted by majority vote, that makes a donation of at least $5,000.

Membership Includes:

  • Patrons are appropriately and periodically recognized and honored for their lifetime (individuals) or for ten years, whichever period is longer.

Questions? For more information, please contact

Virginia Harper Ho

Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law, Professor