Tuesday, June 6, 2017

AALS CFPs are rolling in!

There are lots of call for papers in the works for AALS sections for presentations at the upcoming AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego from January 3-6, 2018.  Two such CFPs are below and I know there are more forthcoming in the next few days.  If you have a call for papers for a property conference or workshop, let us here at #PropertyLawProfBlog know and we will help you spread the word!  

AALS Section on Property Law Presents "Structural Facilitation of Property Markets"
January 4, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:15pm 

A variety of legal doctrines, systems, and institutions have emerged over time to facilitate the effective operation of markets in property by adding value to property assets, adding certainty to and streamlining the process of property transactions, adding accessibility to property, or otherwise proving greater security for property rights. At other times, informal norms may emerge to accomplish similar aims. These structural facilitators are, indeed, sometimes features of the property system itself (component parts of its governance) and at other times operate outside but ancillary to the system. Some of these arise spontaneously by market demands while other elements of the property law infrastructure may or may not be possible only by means of government intervention in the markets. Some facilitators are deliberately designed to benefit the property system, while others simply have that effect. Some are arguably designed to enlarge “freedom” while others could be described as restricting “freedom” in order to save it, i.e. intentionally placing limits on autonomy to enhance the value of the property rights that remain. Examples of such facilitators that may be discussed by the panelists include: information systems like recording regimes or registries; traceability mechanisms like blockchain technology; content limits like the numerus clausus principle; fairness, equality, and anti-discrimination principles geared toward enlarging property ownership markets; prohibitions on certain restraints on alienation; or at other time restraints on alienation like with fraudulent conveyancing doctrines. Land use and public law systems themselves create a legal infrastructure designed to facilitate property ownership or to manage property conflicts. Other examples of facilitating industries or polices could include: big data; financial markets; banks and real estate financing; brokers; title and other insurance; and tax preferences, among others. This panel will examine the necessity of these facilitators and the property system’s dependence on them, along with the ways they should or should not be regulated to guide or control their effect on property markets. The panel will also consider how these facilitators influence or are influenced by various theories of property systems, property rights, and the operation of property markets. Approaches considering interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged.

Submissions are invited for presentation at the program. There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of papers. Although abstracts will be accepted, preference will be given to papers that are substantially complete and that offer novel scholarly insights. Submissions must be received no later than September 1, 2017. Individuals interested in presenting are encouraged to send letters of interest and an abstract as soon as possible (with expectation of a paper to follow), even if you will not submit a final paper for consideration until closer to the deadline.  Please email your submission, in Word or PDF format, to the Property Section chair, Donald Kochan with “Submission: AALS Property CFP” in the subject line. All submissions will be reviewed and selected by the Property Section’s Executive Committee. The individuals selected to present papers will be notified no later than Thursday, September 28, 2017.

AALS Section on Property Law Presents "New Voices in Property Law:  Junior Scholars Works-in-Progress Panel"
January 6, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:15pm 

The purpose of this works-in-progress program is to bring together junior (pre-tenure) and senior property law scholars to give the junior scholars an opportunity to present and get useful feedback on papers that will not yet have been submitted for publication as of January 2017. In addition to having the opportunity to share work through the panel, at least one senior scholar will be designated as a reviewer who will have read the paper ahead of time and will be prepared to discuss the paper and offer constructive comments at the session and/or in writing.

An eligible junior scholar is anyone who is an untenured, full-time faculty member of an AALS member law school.  To be considered for participation in the program, please send an email to Donald Kochan, no later than September 8, 2017. In your email, please use the subject line “AALS Property Junior WIP Submission” and attach at least an abstract or draft-in-progress (including a working title of the paper). Also, please include in your email (a) your school, (b) your tenure status, (c) your years in the position and any prior legal academic positions, and (d) whether you have participated in the New Voices program last year (or Property Law Breakfast Mentoring program in previous years); preference will be given to those who have not previously participated. The Section’s Executive Committee will consider and select papers from the pool of submissions.

If selected for participation in the program, by accepting a presenter agrees to submit a draft to Donald Kochan no later than December 1, 2017, so that the draft can be sent to the designated reviewers to read before the conference. The draft submitted at that time should be substantial, but it does not need to be fully polished or ready for law review submission. Reviewers welcome early stage papers when the author can most benefit from discussing the paper.

For senior scholars, if you are interested in serving as a commentator on a paper submitted by a junior scholar, please email Donald Kochan as soon as possible.


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