Section Calls for Papers

Section Officers: If you would like to display your call for papers on this page, please submit it using our online form by August 31. Be sure to include deadline, contact information, and detailed submission instructions.


Section on Aging and the Law

Thanks to advances in health care, people are living longer. Longevity has legal consequences, and differing impacts for women, people of color, low-income people, and LGBT individuals. This penal will explore the intersection of the legal system and longevity, examining systems that are in place or should be in place to help people plan for living longer. Presenters may have the opportunity to publish their paper in the Journal of Health Law and Policy at Cleveland State University.

Submission guidelines: Please submit a 1 or 2 page proposal to Naomi Cahn at by May 1, 2018.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Sections on Biolaw, National Security

The Section on Biolaw is pleased to announce a Call for Papers  for “Biosecurity Law: Keeping up with Biotechnology,” co-sponsored by the Section on National Security, to be held during the AALS 2019 Annual Meeting. The threat of a global pandemic, from emerging infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika, the lone bioterrorist or the nation-state bioweapons program, have all shaped the growing area of biosecurity law. Do the existing international legal frameworks still continue to be viable against biothreats? Is there a future for the Biological Weapons Convention? How have biological threats risen to a national security threat? What next? Papers from this panel will be published in the next volume of The Journal for Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law.

Submission Guidelines: Papers should be 7,000-8,000 words in length in a law review style. Submit them electronically to Professor Victoria Sutton at by August 15, 2018.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Family and Juvenile Law

The Section on Family and Juvenile Law seeks presenters—particularly junior scholars—for their panel “Parents’ and Children’s Rights in a Post-Obergefell World,” cosponsored by the Sections on Children and the Law and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues. This panel will focus on the interplay between parents’ and children’s relational rights, and how these have evolved to reflect demographic realities, new understandings of childhood and adolescent development, and the sea change in marriage jurisprudence.

Submission Guidelines: Send draft papers of at least 10,000 words to by Monday, August 27, 2018. Please use “AALS Call for Papers Submission” as the subject line of your email.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Sections on International Human Rights, Law and Social Sciences

The International Human Rights Section and the Law and Social Sciences Section solicit papers and works-in-progress on empirical approaches to human rights law, with a preference for papers on human rights indicators. There is a growing need for empirical approaches to the study of law.  With the changing role of the U.S. in the global arena, this is especially true in the field of international human rights. Because traditional qualitative case studies do not necessarily provide an effective means for comparison, there has been growing interest in the creation of “human rights indicators,” which indicators involve the translation of legal obligations into quantitative or qualitative metrics, which then allow countries to be compared with one another over time.  Indicators of civil and political rights and also economic and social rights can be powerful advocacy tools because of their potential to influence behavior—i.e. no country wants to be ranked last. This panel seeks to contribute to the growing debate over how human rights indicators can and should be used to identify human rights violations and to assess progress with treaty obligations over time.

Submission guidelines: Please submit a concept note of 5-15 double-spaced pages that contains a summary of the key ideas to Sharmila Murthy at by June 1, 2018. If you have already written a full-length paper, please send an excerpt of the paper with an explanatory introduction.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Section on Law and Sports

The Section on Law and Sports requests papers for their Annual Meeting 2019 program “The Dark Side of Sports: Crime, Corruption, and Cost,” cosponsored by the Section on Criminal Justice. Sports are a big business, and are as susceptible as any industry to criminal activity and corruption, imposing significant costs on the many constituencies who make up and support the game. This program examines what constitutes sports corruption and criminality that public policy and resources need to address.

Submission guidelines: Papers should not exceed 25,000 words (including footnotes) in Microsoft Word and should be emailed to Professor Jodi Balsam, Chair of the Section on Law and Sports, at, by July 1, 2018.

More details are available in the complete call for papers.


Sections on Remedies

The Section on Remedies invites paper proposals for their program called “Intellectual Property Remedies at the Supreme Court and Worldwide,” cosponsored by the Section on Intellectual Property. This panel will engage an integrated discussion among experts on provocative IP-Remedies topics including the legacy of eBay on injunctions, reasonable royalties, restitution and recovery of an infringer’s profits in light of the Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.

Submission guidelines: Submit an abstract (and a draft paper if available) by June 1, 2018 to the Chair of the Remedies Section:

More details are available in the complete call for papers.