Friday, July 15, 2022

Call For Papers--AALS 2023, Racism in Immigration Regulation

“Racism in Immigration Regulation”
Association of American Law Schools · Section on Immigration Law
January 4, 2023 – January 7, 2023 (session yet to be scheduled)
San Diego, California

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2022

The Section on Immigration Law of the Association of American Law Schools invites papers for presentation at a session during the 2023 AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, which will take place January 4-7, 2023. The session day and time will be added to this post when available. Please note that individuals presenting at the program are responsible for their own Annual Meeting registration fee and travel expenses.

The AALS conference theme is “How Law Schools Can Make a Difference,” and the session theme is “Racism in Immigration Regulation.”

Scholars are engaging in long overdue and important conversations about racial justice in the United States. U.S. law and institutions, many have recognized, harbor systemic biases that result in profound racial inequalities. U.S. immigration law and policy are no exception. From the era of Chinese Exclusion to modern distinctions in the treatment of Central American, African, Haitian, and Ukrainian asylum seekers, race has proved to be an important factor in migrants’ access to and experience immigrating to the United States. This historical trajectory raises questions that can inform broader conversations about systemic racism: How should we approach a legal regime with explicitly racist foundations? How does the expressly exclusionary function of immigration regulation affect its application to different groups? What role does the discretion inherent in enforcement of immigration law play in its effect?

Submission Guidelines: The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2022. We welcome submissions at any stage of development, although preference may be given to more fully developed papers over abstracts and paper proposals. Priority also will be given to individuals who have not recently presented a paper at the AALS Annual Meeting. Decisions will be made by mid-September 2022.

Please email submissions in Microsoft Word format to with the subject “AALS Submission- Racism in Immigration Regulation.” In your email, please indicate whether you have previously presented your work at a AALS Annual Meeting, and, if so, when.

Inquiries: Please direct any questions or inquiries to Carolina Núñez (

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