Call for Papers: Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

Geolocation
Deadline: 
06/8/18
Event Date: 
09/28/18 to 09/29/18
Location name: 
Chicago, IL
Organization: 
The Northwestern, Penn and Stanford Law Schools

Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM

September 28-29, 2018

The Northwestern, Penn and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce that the Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on September 28-29, 2018. The Forum is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The Inaugural Forum was held in October 2017 at Penn Law.

Conference Organizers:

David Schwartz, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Christopher Yoo, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School

Call for Papers

The Northwestern, Penn and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce that the Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on September 28-29, 2018. The Forum is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The Inaugural Forum was held in October 2017 at Penn Law. The forum is currently seeking submissions from junior faculty interested in presenting papers at the forum. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 8.

Twelve to twenty young scholars will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers to present. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. Participating junior faculty are expected to stay for the full duration of the Forum.

Our goal is to promote interdisciplinary research exploring how developments in STEM are affecting law and vice versa. Preference will be given to papers with the strong interdisciplinary approaches integrating these two areas of study.

The Forum invites submissions on any topic related to the intersection of law and any STEM field. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies
  • Computational law
  • Customized medicine
  • Genetics and epigenetics
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Online security and privacy
  • Regulation of online platforms
  • Robotics
  • Synthetic biology

A jury of accomplished scholars with expertise in the particular topic will select the papers to be presented. Suggestions of possible commentators are also welcome.

There is no publication commitment, nor is previously published work eligible for presentation. There is no publication commitment and previously published work isn’t eligible for presentation. Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed.

Qualifications

To be eligible, an author must be teaching at a U.S. school of higher education in a tenured or tenure-track position and must have received their first tenure-track appointment no more than seven years before the conference. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible to submit provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for less than seven years, and that they earned their last degree after 2008. We accept jointly authored submissions so long as the presenting coauthor is individually eligible to participate in the Forum and none of the other coauthors has taught in a tenured or tenure-track position for more than seven years. Papers that will be published prior to the meeting in September 28-29, 2018, are not eligible. Authors may submit more than one paper, but no author will be allowed to present more than one paper.

Paper Submission Procedure

Electronic submissions should be sent to Law-STEM Junior Faculty ForumThe deadline for submissions is Friday, June 8, 2018. Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, and the general topic under which your paper falls.

Questions

Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Professor David Schwartz and the email account for the Forum conference coordinator at law-stem-conference@ law.northwestern.edu.