Call for Papers: UT Austin Graduate Conference in Public Law

Graduate Conference in Public Law

November 2-3, 2017


The Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin invites graduate student submissions for the fourth annual Graduate Conference in Public Law, to be held November 2-3, 2017. Reflecting the growing prominence of public law in political science, the conference will provide a forum to engage with common questions in the field. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of public law, including but not limited to:

  1. American and Comparative Constitutionalism
  2. Jurisprudence and Judicial Behavior
  3. Legal Theory, or Political Theory with a Public Law dimension
  4. Security and International Law
  5. Human Rights
  6. Law and Society
  7. Constitutional and Statutory Design
  8. Public Administration

The conference will consist of thematic panels, each featuring 3-4 papers and comments by a faculty discussant. Professor Rogers Smith, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Chair in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, will deliver the keynote address the evening of November 2.

To apply, please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words, along with an up-to-date C.V., by August 21, 2017 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 middle of October. We will provide meals throughout the conference, including a formal dinner following Dr. Smith’s keynote lecture on Thursday.

Questions may be directed to

Student organizers: Christina Bambrick, Thomas Bell, Christine Bird, Tara Ginnane, Kyle Shen, Allen Sumrall, and Robert Shaffer (Department of Government)