Call for Panel and Paper Proposals 2024

April 23, 2024

Innovation and Sustainability: Comparative Law for a Better World

October 17-19, 2024

Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas

The American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL), the leading organization in the United States promoting the comparative study of law, and Texas A&M University School of Law invite all interested scholars, practitioners, and advanced degree students to submit a proposal for a paper presentation or a concurrent panel for the upcoming Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law. The meeting will be held from Thursday, October 17 to Saturday, October 19, 2024, at Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas. The meeting will take place in person only.

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is “Innovation and Sustainability: Comparative Law for a Better World.” While it has long been supported that innovation is fundamental for economic development, it has become more evident than ever that economic development needs to be sustainable to avoid violating human rights and depleting natural resources. We hope scholars from different backgrounds but passionate about using the law for a better world will discuss this important theme at the 2024 Annual Meeting of the Society. In particular, focusing the 2024 Annual Meeting on this topic will allow scholars to compare the experience of different jurisdictions and legal areas, which can directly contribute to advancing debates and initiatives related to innovation and sustainability nationally and internationally. Because of the broad interpretation of the theme, we expect that scholars from multiple backgrounds, interests, and scholarly focuses would be excited to be part of this critical conversation.

We invite all those interested to submit proposals for paper presentations and concurrent panels. In particular, we welcome proposals for papers and panels on this year’s theme. Just to name a few, the proposed theme can accommodate presentations from scholars working on topics ranging from Comparative Constitutional Law to Comparative Administrative Law, Comparative Environmental Law, Comparative Company Law, Comparative Energy Law, Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Trade Law, and so forth. The theme, however, is only suggestive. We also invite proposals on comparative law topics different from the main theme of the Annual Meeting, recognizing the venue’s function as a forum for comparative law debate.

The Annual Meeting will schedule concurrent panels on Friday, October 18, in the morning and the afternoon, and Saturday, October 19, 2024, in the morning. The panels will be created based on the individual submissions accepted and the accepted proposals for full panels.  It is anticipated that the panels will be mostly in English, but the ASCL also welcomes languages other than English in accordance with its mission of fostering multilingualism.

Individual paper proposals should include the following: information about the presenter whose willingness to participate, if accepted, is confirmed, a paper title, and a short abstract.

For those submitting a panel application, please ensure your proposals include the following: information about three to four speakers whose willingness to participate is confirmed if the panel is accepted, a panel title, and individual abstracts for the respective panel presentations.

Both individual and panel proposals should be submitted by filling out the required “Submission Application” form available at the link here by May 31, 2024.

ASCL’s Annual Meeting Program Committee will select panels and papers in consultation with Texas A&M University School of Law. Decisions regarding accepted proposals will be made by the end of June 2024.

Those submitting concurrent panel and paper proposals should be aware that the ASCL’s reimbursement policy with its limit per ASCL member school applies and that only faculty from ASCL member schools are eligible for reimbursement. No additional funding is available to assist participants with travel or related costs.

Any questions about the paper or concurrent panel proposals should be addressed to Professor Irene Calboli at and Professor Hannah Buxbaum, ASCL’s Vice-President, at

We look forward to receiving your submission to the 2024 ASCL Annual Meeting!

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