Saturday, August 28, 2021

Reminder of Call for Papers: AALS Section on International Law

The Section on International Law of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a program at the AALS 2022 Annual Meeting to be held virtually between Jan. 5-9, 2002 (exact time and date of the panel TBA).

The topic of the program is The Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching International Law Responses to the Climate Change Crisis. This panel will address the Biden Administration’s efforts to bring the United States back into the Paris Agreement and to prioritize energy justice in its climate change plan. Much additional work will need to be done globally to reach the goals outlined in the Biden plan. The panel discussion will focus on the very pressing issue of the international law responses to climate change, with a particular focus on how to best teach about these emerging developments and justice issues, and to provide opportunities for experiential engagement of our students to help make a difference.

Eligible faculty members are invited to submit manuscripts or detailed abstracts that address any of numerous substantive and pedagogical issues related to the way in which the United States can better address climate change through law-making.

The presenter chosen through this call for papers will join a distinguished panel featuring the following speakers:

Moderator: Hari Osofsky, Dean and Professor of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and panel of invited speakers.


Deepa Badrinarayana, Professor of Law, Chapman University School of Law

Lisa Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Law, Lewis & Clark Law School

David Hunter, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law

Co-sponsoring sections: Environmental Law and Natural Resources and Energy Law


Per AALS policy, only full-time faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit a paper to a call for papers. The following are ineligible: faculty at fee-paid law schools, international, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students, and non-law school faculty.

Untenured faculty members and persons who have not had the opportunity to present a paper at an AALS Annual Meeting previously are particularly encouraged to submit papers/abstracts. 

Registration fee

The selected Call for Paper participant is responsible for paying his or her AALS annual meeting registration fee.

Form and length of submission

Eligible faculty members are invited to submit manuscripts or detailed abstracts dealing with any aspect of the foregoing topic.  Detailed abstracts should be comprehensive enough to allow the committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims and likely content of papers proposed.

Papers may be accepted for publication but must not be published prior to the Annual Meeting.

Deadline and submission method

Papers and abstracts must be submitted electronically to: Dean Hari Osofsky, at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, [email protected]. The subject of the email should read: “Submission for AALS Section on International Law.”

The initial review of the papers and abstracts will be blind and will be conducted by members of the section’s executive committee.  In order to facilitate blind review, please identify yourself and your institutional affiliation only in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript, and not in the manuscript itself.  The submitting author is responsible for taking any steps necessary to redact self-identifying text or footnotes.    

The deadline for submission is September 7, 2021.

The author of the selected paper/abstract will be notified by September 24, 2021.


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