Call for Papers: University of Texas Public Law Conference

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The University of Texas at Austin Graduate Conference in Public Law


The Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin invites graduate student submissions by August 15 for the fifth annual Graduate Conference in Public Law.

October 25-26, 2018
The University of Texas at Austin

About the conference

Reflecting the growing prominence of public law in political science, the conference will provide a forum to engage with common questions in the field. Abstracts on all aspects of public law are welcomed, including but not limited to:

• American and Comparative Constitutionalism
• Jurisprudence and Judicial Behavior
• Constitutional or Political Development
• Legal Theory, or Political Theory with a Public Law dimension
• Security and International Law
• Human Rights
• Human Rights and Economic Inequality
• Law and Society
• Constitutional and Statutory Design
• Public Administration

The conference will consist of thematic panels, each featuring 3-4 papers and comments by a faculty discussant.

Professor Charles Epp, University Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas, will deliver the keynote address the evening of October 25.

Submission instructions

Please submit long abstracts of up to 1000 words, along with an up-to-date C.V., by August 15, 2018 to We will accept approximately 20 papers, and offer grants of up to $350 to defray the cost of travel. Participants should plan to submit final drafts of about 20-30 pages by the beginning of October. We will provide meals throughout the conference, including a formal dinner following Dr. Epp’s keynote lecture on Thursday. We will also provide accommodation for those who require it.

Questions may be directed to

Student organizers: Christina Bambrick, Abraham Barranca, Thomas Bell, Christine Bird, Joseph Cozza, Tara Ginnane, Austin Nelson, Allen Sumrall, and Robert Shaffer (Department of Government)




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