Date Chartered: 1/1/1973


The Section on Comparative Law provides a forum for discussion of problems in the comparison of laws which are of concern to the comparatists as a profession, and brings to the attention of members of the Association of American Law Schools the experience of other countries with matters of current concern to American professors of law.

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Call for Panel Proposals and Papers – ASCL Annual Meeting

The American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) has just issued a call for proposals for (1) concurrent panels and (2) a works in progress conference to be held in association with the ASCL 2019 Annual Meeting, which will be held at the University of Missouri School of Law between Thursday, October 17, and Saturday, October 19, 2019.  The event is open to ASCL and non-ASCL members.

The theme of the Annual Meeting is “Comparative Law and International Dispute Resolution Processes” and will feature presentations on how comparative law affects various types of cross-border conflict, including but not limited to litigation, arbitration and mediation.  Concurrent panels and works in progress papers need not fall within this general theme, although of course they may.  Multilingual panel proposals will be considered as part of ASCL’s mission to foster plurilingualism.

Information on the event, including the call for panel proposals and works in progress submissions, is available at  Proposals will be accepted until May 20, 2019.

Annual Meeting Programs


Main Program
Art Law (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)
Civil Rights (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)
East Asian Law & Society (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)
International Law (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)
International Legal Exchange (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)
Law and South Asian Studies (Co-sponsored by Comparative Law)


Main Program
Law and South Asian Studies and Comparative Law Joint Program



Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law

Call for Nominations

The AALS Section on Comparative Law is pleased to announce the second year of the “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 to have made an important contribution in the field of comparative law. This article must have been published in an academic journal between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

The Prize was awarded for the first time at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. It will be awarded every year thereafter at the January AALS Annual Meeting. All untenured scholars—including but not limited to tenure-track professors, visiting assistant professors, lecturers, academic fellows, doctoral candidates—are eligible.

Nominations for the 2021 Prize should be sent by email to Kristi Longtin by no later than 12:00pm Central Time (U.S.) on August 3rd, 2020. Nominations should include the full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the nominated scholar, in addition to a PDF version of the published article to be considered for the Prize. Self-nominations are welcomed.

For all questions, please contact Professor Mark Kende, Chair of the AALS Section on Comparative Law.

Prize Committee

  • Mark Kende (Drake, Chair)
  • Richard Albert (Texas)
  • TBA

About Mark Tushnet: Mark Tushnet, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools, is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Tushnet is an authoritative voice in constitutional law and theory. His scholarship spans all areas of public law, including comparative constitutional law, a field in which he has co-authored a leading casebook. A respected teacher, a devoted mentor, and an influential scholar, he retired from the Harvard faculty in June 2020.

Year Award Name Recipient Law School
2020 Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law Jorge Farinacci Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law