Second Annual Grad Public Law Conference Scheduled for Sept 24-26

University of Texas Graduate Conference in Public Law

Co-sponsored by:
The Department of Government
The University of Texas School of Law
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin invites submissions for the second annual Graduate Conference in Public Law, to be held September 24-26, 2015. Reflecting the growing prominence of public law in the broader discipline of political science, the conference is intended to provide a forum for engagement with common questions in the field. The conference welcomes abstracts on all aspects of public law, including but not limited to:

• Security and International Law
• Human Rights
• American and Comparative Constitutionalism
• Jurisprudence and Judicial Behavior
• Statutory Design and Implementation

The conference will consist of thematic panels, each featuring 4-5 papers and comments by a faculty member from the University of Texas. The keynote address, to be delivered the afternoon of September 25, will be given by Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Scheppele will be speaking on “Constitutional Possibilities,” arguing that in addition to studying constitutional doctrine and institutions, we ought to study the set of potentially constitutional ideas available in any particular time and place.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, accompanied by an up-to-date C.V., should be submitted by July 17th, 2015, to Approximately 25 papers will be accepted, and grants of up to $350 will be awarded to participants. Meals will be provided throughout the conference, and participants will be invited to a dinner reception following Dr. Scheppele’s keynote lecture.

Questions may be directed to

Student organizers: Thomas Bell, Maggie Moslander, Christina Noriega, and Robert Shaffer (Department of Government)