July 17, 2019




Submission deadline: October 25, 2019

The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) is pleased to invite submissions for its fifth workshop on comparative business and financial law to be held on February 7-8, 2020 at the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. The purpose of the workshop is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of new and younger comparativists in accounting, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, commercial law, economics, finance, and securities.

The University of Akron School of Law is located in the Cleveland/Akron area in Ohio and is conveniently served by two airports–Akron-Canton Airport (only a 20-minute drive to the law school) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (a 45-minute drive to the law school).

Up to twelve papers will be chosen from those submitted for presentation at the workshop pursuant to this Call for Papers. The workshop audience will include invited young scholars, faculty from the University of Akron School of Law and other law schools in the region, and invited guests.

Submissions will only be accepted from scholars who have held a full-time academic appointment for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2020.  

Submission Instructions:

To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 1000 words by 5:00 P.M. EST, October 25, 2019, to the following address: Please title the email “YCC Business Law Workshop – [Name]” and attach a file named “FirstName.LastName.ASCLworkshop.”  Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the workshop.  Abstracts should include a cover page with the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, as well as the author’s certification that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar as defined above.

Scholars may make only one submission.  Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted.  For co-authored submissions, at least one author must qualify as an eligible younger comparativist.


Invitees will be selected via a blind review by the workshop program committee.  Authors of the submissions selected for the workshop will be notified no later than November 15, 2019.  There is no cost to register for the workshop but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of $200 travel stipends may be awarded to scholars from ASCL member schools who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.

Final papers for the workshop will be due no later than January 17, 2020.

Acknowledgements and Questions:

The YCC gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Akron School of Law. Please direct all inquiries to Professor Vera Korzun, Chair of the Program Committee, by email at

Please feel free to share this Call for Papers with any colleagues who may be interested.

The Program Committee:

Martin Gelter, Professor, Fordham University School of Law

Virginia Harper Ho, Professor, University of Kansas School of Law

Vera Korzun, Assistant Professor, University of Akron School of Law (Chair)

Peter Oh, Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Timothy Webster, Professor and Director of Asian Legal Studies, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

YCC Board of Directors:

Ioanna Tourkochoriti, Lecturer Above the Bar, National University of Ireland (Galway) (Chair)

Antonia Baraggia, Assistant Profess of Comparative Law, University of Milan (Vice Chair)

Valentina Rita Scotti, Assistant Professor of Law, Koç University (Treasurer)

Kish Parella, Associate Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Vera Korzun, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Akron School of Law

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