Call For Papers: Younger Comparativists Committee Panel at the ASCL Annual Meeting

The Younger Comparativist’s Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL YCC) solicits papers from emerging scholars for a panel at the ASCL’s annual meeting to be held at the University of Missouri Law School in Columbia, Missouri, on October 17-19. Two to three […]

Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law Call for Nominations

The AALS Section on Comparative Law is pleased to announce the inaugural “Mark Tushnet Prize” to recognize scholarly excellence in any subject of comparative law by an untenured scholar at an AALS Member School. The Prize will be given to the author(s) of a scholarly article judged […]

IACL Thematic Congress on Diversity and Plurality in the Law – Rapporteur needed

The International Academy of Comparative Law is holding a “Thematic”  Congress on” Diversity and Plurality in the Law” in October, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Academy  has called for national rapporteurs to present at that Congress on two topics. The American Society of Comparative Law will be able to make a contribution toward the travel expenses of American rapporteurs.

Unfortunately, the International  Academy has set a deadline of June 17 for submission of the names of national rapporteurs .Therefore, if you would like to be considered to be a rapporteur, please contact ASCL President Richard Kay at  as soon as possible.

Call for Nominations Richard M. Buxbaum Prize for Teaching in Comparative Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) invites nominations, including self-nominations, for the annual Richard M. Buxbaum Prize for Teaching in Comparative Law.  The YCC created the Buxbaum Prize in the summer of 2014 in honor of Professor Richard […]

Recent Comparative Law Scholarship

Comparative Law Methodology: Catherine Valke, Comparing Law (Cambridge University Press 2018)  Law and Method Special Issue on Comparative Law Methodology General Comparative Law Materials:   Fernanda Nicola, Bill Davies, (eds.) EU Law Stories, Contextual and Critical Histories of European Jurisprudence (Cambridge University Press, 2017) Mark Van Hoecke inaugural lecture at QMUL  “Do […]

YCC ASCL 8th Annual Global Conference at McGill School of Law

The 8th Annual Conference of the Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law was held on May 10th-11th at McGill School of Law. The event was a great success. Prof Maximo Langer (UCLA, ASCL Vice President) delivered a keynote speech on “Plea Bargaining and the Global Administration of Criminal Convictions”. The Conference offered the opportunity to 60 early stage comparative law scholars from all over the world to discuss their work in a supportive and constructive spirit. Participants were selected following a rigorous peer review process. Here is a link to the program: 

The Society’s paper prizes were also awarded at the event. 

Colin B. Picker Graduate Prize:

Awarded in recognition of the best paper submitted by a graduate student to the annual YCC Global Conference. Named in honor of the founding chair of the YCC. The Scholarship Advisory Group organises the relevant competition.

Recipient:   Achalie M. Kumarage, American University

Paper Title: “Oversimplifying Legal Realities: Gender Indicators and Aspiring Law Reforms Based on Skewed Outcomes”

Honorable Mention:    Rafi Reznik, Georgetown University

Paper Title: “Purposive Originalism: The Rise of American Conservatism in Israel”

Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law:

Awarded in recognition of the best paper written by an undergraduate law student, J.D. or LL.B., in response to an open Call for Papers. Named in honor of the founding president of American Society of Comparative Law. The Affiliates Advisory Group organises the relevant competition. 

Recipient:   Emily Hazen, Gonzaga University School of Law

Paper Title: “Restructuring US Military Justice Through a Comparative Analysis of Israel Defense Forces”

Honorable Mention: Samridda Sen and Atreya Chakraborty of the Department of Law, University of Calcutta

Paper Title: “Regulating Political Financing in India: A Legal Perspective on the Case Study of Electoral Reform”

The event coincided with the award of prizes for the Baxter Competition on Federalism at McGill School of Law organised by Prof. Johanne Poirier. 


1.         Jan Raeimon Nato (First Prize)

Paper Title: “Duties of Federal Loyalty: Lessons to Learn, Conversations to be Had”

2.         Berihun Gebeye (Second Prize)

Paper Title: “Federal Theory and Federalism in Africa”

3.         Catherine Mathieu (Third Prize ex aequo)

Paper Title: “L’initiative constitutionnelle comme élément déclencheur de la réforme du fédéralisme canadien”

4.         Rafael Viotti Schlobach (Third Prize ex aequo)

Paper Title: “Homogeneity Clauses in Federal countries: A Comparative Analysis”

2019 Annual YCC Conference Program Committee 


Vincent Forray (McGill) 

Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI, Galway) (YCC Chair) 


Rehan Abeyranthe (Hong Kong)

Antonia Baraggia (Milan) (YCC Board)

Michael Da Silva (McGill) 

Vera Korzun, (Akron)

Mélisandre Shanks (McGill)

Jurgen Goosens (Tilburg)

Claudia Haupt (Northeastern)

Akshaya Kamalnath (Deakin) 

Kish Parella (Washington & Lee)

Valentina Rita Scotti (Koç)

Safa Ben Saad, (Sherbrooke) (QC)

Sarbani Sen (Jindal Global Law School)

Kyriaki Topidi (Freiburg)

YCC Board:

Antonia Baraggia (Milan) (Vice Chair)

Vera Korzun, (Akron)

Kish Parella, (Washington & Lee) 

Valentia Rita Scotti, (Koç) 

Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI, Galway) (Chair)

Scholarship Advisory Group:

Sofia Ranchordas (Groningen) (Chair)

Francisco de Elizalde Ibarbia (IE)

Claudia Haupt (Northeastern)

Alyssa King (Queens)

Bilyana Petkova (Maastricht)

Sarbani Sen (Jindal)

Se-shauna Wheatle (Durham)

Affiliates Advisory Group:

Sara Gwendolyn Ross (UBC Allard) (Chair)

Katayoun Alidadi (Bryant)

Gabriel Eidelwein Silveira (U Federal do Rio Grande do Sul)

Michael Da Silva (McGill)

Alexandra Horváthová Andhov (Copenhagen)

Kyriaki Topidi (Freiburg)

Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group:

Jurgen Goossens (Tilburg) (Chair)

Ezgi Fulya Akkus (Afyon Kocatepe)

James Fisher (Tokyo)

Rana Lehr-Lehnardt (Missouri)

Neliana Rodean (Verona)

Juliane Sant’Ana Bento (Rio Grande do Sul)

Yueh-Ping (Alex) Yang (Taiwan)

CfP AALS Works-In-Progress Panel on European and Comparative Law

AALS Section on European Law CALL FOR PAPERS  Works-in-Progress (WIP) Panel AALS, Washington, DC, January 2020  The AALS Section on European Law invites submissions for a works-in-progress panel at the January 2-5, 2020 Annual Meetingto be held in Washington, DC.  Papers may concern any matter related to […]

Cambridge ASCL Studies in Comparative Law

We are delighted to announce publication of the latest volume in the Cambridge ASCL Studies in Comparative Law Series by Catherine Valcke (University of Toronto).

Conference: Adversarial CrimPro in Italy, Mexico & United States

From January 21 to January 23, 2019, the University of Illinois, College of Law and the ASCL will co-host a conference, Adversarial Criminal Procedure in Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

The conference program is attached.

Website Advisory Committee

The ASCL continues to grow its global outreach efforts. Under the guidance of ASCL President Richard Kay, the ASCL has constituted a new Website Advisory Committee, comprised of the following members: Richard Albert Shawn Boyne Josh Karton Boris Mamlyuk (ex officio) Fernanda Nicola Yaniv Roznai […]