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1.25.2012

Scholarly Announcements for Comparativists

Below, I'm pleased to share three announcements from two groups with which I'm involved. The first is a new Call for Papers from the AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies. It is open to all comparativists irrespective of seniority.

The next two are targeted to younger comparativists, defined as scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2012. These two announcements are both issued by Younger Comparativists Committee in the American Society of Comparative Law and involve the following: (1) a Call for Papers; and (2) an invitation to serve on one of the Younger Comparativists Committee's three advisory groups.

More details follow.



I. CALL FOR PAPERS

Topic: Legal Education & Legal Reform in South Asia
For: AALS Section on Law and South Asian Studies, Panel at Annual Meeting, 2013, New Orleans

The Section on Law and South Asian Studies of the AALS seeks outstanding proposals relating to the topic of of legal education as a vehicle for legal reform in South Asia. The selected proposals will be the basis for presentations at the AALS Annual Meeting to be held in New Orleans in early January, 2013. Topics relating to any country within South Asia, including Afghanistan,  Bangladesh, Bhutan,  Burma, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,  will be appropriate. Possible topics include: curricular reform; regional and comparative legal education reforms; the training of lawyers and judges as actors for social and legal change; the conservative pull of legal education; evolution of clinical legal education; the role of externships in institutional reform; the role of US law school programs in legal change. Please send a 500-1000 word proposal to the chair of the Section, Shubha Ghosh, at ghosh7@wisc.edu ghosh7@wisc.edu by February 24, 2012.

II. CALL FOR PAPERS

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for its inaugural conference to be held on April 20, 2012, at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. The purpose of the conference is to highlight and develop the scholarship of new and younger comparativists, hence the title of the conference: New Perspectives in Comparative Law.

Submissions will be accepted on any subject of public or private comparative law from scholars who have been engaged as law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or another academic capacity for no more than ten years as of June 30, 2012.

Members of the Younger Comparativists Committee’s Scholarship Advisory Group will review submissions with the authors’ identities concealed. The Scholarship Advisory Group will select a best paper which will be showcased during a plenary panel with comments from senior scholars in the area. Other papers will be assigned to separate panels according to subject.

The American Society of Comparative Law has generously agreed to provide a limited number of modest stipends toward travel expenses for participants with a demonstrable need of financial assistance.

To submit an entry, scholars should submit completed papers no longer than 30,000 words (including footnotes) no later than February 15, 2012, to Judy Yi at the following address: judy.yi@bc.edu. Papers should reflect original research that will not yet have been published by the time of the conference. The paper should be accompanied by a separate cover sheet indicating the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information. The paper itself must not contain any references that identify the author or the author’s institutional affiliation.

The final conference program will be circulated no later than March 26, 2012.

The Younger Comparativists Committee is delighted to thank George Washington University Law School for serving as our host for the conference, in particular Claudia Haupt for coordinating the event, and Markus Wagner of the University of Miami School of Law for chairing the Program Committee.

Please direct all inquiries to Richard Albert, Chair of the Younger Comparativists Committee, by email at richard.albert [at] bc.edu or telephone at 617.552.3930.

III. INVITATION TO SERVE ON ADVISORY GROUPS

Dear Fellow Younger Comparativists,

As you may know, the Younger Comparativists Committee ("YCC") conducts its work with the help of three advisory groups. Each advisory group is composed of younger comparativists who volunteer their time to help advance the academic and professional interests of their fellow younger comparativists.

Advisory groups are new to the YCC. We created them last year in March 2011. They have been immensely successful, thanks to the enthusiasm, industry and innovation of its members.

The term of each of the inaugural advisory groups is coming to a close. I am therefore writing to invite you to participate in the work of the YCC by expressing your interest in joining one of the advisory groups.

Below, I have pasted the membership and mission statements for each of the advisory groups. These mission statements were developed by the members of each of the advisory groups in consultation with the YCC. They will give you an overview of each advisory group's responsibilities.

I invite you to express your interest to me by February 1, 2012.

In the meantime, my best wishes for this new year.

Sincerely,

Richard
Chair, Younger Comparativists Committee

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I. Scholarship Advisory Group

The Scholarship Advisory Group consists of Wulf Kaal (St. Thomas University--Minneapolis) (chair), Fiona De Londras (University College Dublin), David Landau (Florida State University), Salil Mehra (Temple University) and Adam Shinar (Harvard University).

The mission of the Scholarship Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee (“YCC”) is to identify and support scholarship of younger comparative law scholars in the American Society of Comparative Law (the “Society”) and worldwide, and to facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas and research in all areas of comparative law. To this end, the Scholarship Advisory Group will:

1. Serve as the body responsible for advising the YCC as to which submissions should fill the YCC’s panel at the Annual Meeting of the Society;
2. Compile, archive and circulate by email once per quarter to the YCC distribution list a collection of new comparative law scholarship by scholars whose scholarly experience does not exceed ten years as of July of the current calendar year.

II. Membership Advisory Group

The Membership Advisory Group consists of Claudia Haupt (George Washington University) (chair), Joel Colon-Rios (Victoria University), Rajeev Kadambi (Jindal Global Law School), Aoife Noalan (Durham University), Anna Su (Harvard University) and Po-Jen Yap (University of Hong Kong).

The mission of the Membership Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee (“YCC”) is to identify younger comparative law scholars in the American Society of Comparative Law (the “Society”) and worldwide, and to facilitate the scholarly exchange of ideas and research in all areas of comparative law. To this end, the Membership Advisory Group will:

1. Compile and maintain a database of comparative law scholars worldwide whose scholarly experience does not exceed ten years as of July of the current calendar year;
2. Communicate information on new scholarship in the area of comparative law in coordination with the Scholarship Advisory Group;
3. Invite the participation of current members, prospective members and other interested younger scholars in the Society’s activities in coordination with the Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group.

III. Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group

The Linkages & Engagement Advisory Group consists of Jill Goldenziel (Harvard University) (chair), Trey Childress (Pepperdine University), Rosalind Dixon (University of Chicago), Pascale Fournier (University of Ottawa) and Madhav Khosla (Harvard University).

The mission of the Linkages and Engagement Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee (“YCC”) is to identify and develop opportunities for younger comparative law scholars in the American Society of Comparative Law (the “Society”) to engage in scholarly exchanges both within the Society and in cooperation with other organizations that involve younger scholars engaged in the study of comparative law.

To this end, the Linkages and Engagement Advisory Group will:

1. Establish liaisons to other organizations involved in the study of comparative law to identify opportunities for younger comparativists;
2. Communicate those opportunities to younger comparativists in the Society in coordination with the Membership Advisory Group;
3. Invite the participation of current members, prospective members and other interested younger scholars in the Society’s activities in coordination with the Membership and Scholarship Advisory Groups.

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