Tuesday, June 04, 2019

University of Texas Graduate Conference in Public Law, October 24-25, 2019

Sandy Levinson

For at least the past five years, graduate students at the University of Texas have organized a truly outstanding national conference on public law, where graduate students from all over the country come to present their works in progress.  (Let me editorialize and say that it is not at all surprising that this event takes place at UT:  Between the law school and the Department of Government, we have an unusually strong group of faculty who cover all aspects of what I prefer to call "constitutional studies."  The broad interests of the U.T student-organizers reflect the breadth of the faculty they work with.)  This is a real opportunity for the next generation of public law scholars to meet one another and to engage in serious conversation about future paths in the study of public law.  Any academic reader of Balkanization, particularly in departments of political science or history, are particularly invited to bring this opportunity to the attention of your students.  You will find the relevant information below: 


Graduate Conference in Public Law October 24-25, 2019
The Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin invites graduate student submissions for the sixth annual Graduate Conference in Public Law, to be held October 24-25, 2019. 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:
• 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
• Law and Economic Inequality
• European/EU Law and Courts
• Law and Society
• Constitutional and Statutory Design • Public Administration

This year, the conference will consist of workshops with participants divided into three thematic groups. Participants will take turns presenting each other’s work and receiving feedback from each other and a faculty discussant. Julie Novkov, Professor and Chair of Political Science and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, will deliver the keynote address the evening of October 24. Professor Novkov specializes in the intersection of law, history, US Political Development, and subordinated identities.
Please submit long abstracts of up to 1000 words, along with an up-to-date C.V., by August 15, 2019 to We will accept approximately 18 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 Professor Novkov’s keynote lecture on Thursday. We will also provide accommodation for those who require it.
Questions may be directed to
Student organizers: Maria Paz Avila, Abraham Barranca, Christine Bird, Joseph Cozza, Thomas Elliott, Tara Ginnane, Abigail Henninger, Austin Nelson, Kyle Shen, and Allen Sumrall (Department of Government)

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