Third Annual Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop

A co-sponsored conference

Wed, 05/14/2008 to Fri, 05/16/2008
Time TBA, University of Michigan Law School
Event Category: 
By Invitation Only

The Third Annual Comparative Law Works in Progress Workshop is co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law, University of Michigan Law School, University of Illinois College of Law, and Princeton University's Program in Law and Public Affairs.

There is no regular opportunity for comparative law scholars in the United States to meet and discuss their work in any depth. The scholarly programs of the meetings of the American Society of Comparative Law are chosen and organized by the respective host schools and aim at the presentation of finished papers on a given topic. While there is some opportunity to present work in progress, there is little opportunity for sustained discussion. The meetings of the Comparative Law Section at the AALS Conference each January are also dedicated to a specific topic and usually exhaust themselves in the presentation of papers with little substantive discussion. There is thus a need for a forum in which comparative law work in progress can be explored among colleagues in a serious and thorough manner that will be truly helpful to the respective authors. The Annual Comparative Law Works-in-Progress Workshop is intended to fill that need.

Participants will consist of the respective authors, one commentator on each paper, faculty members of the host institution, particularly those with expertise in comparative law and research, and others interested in attending. The overall group will be kept small enough to sit around a large table and to allow serious discussion (20 people maximum). The papers will not be presented at the workshop. They will be distributed two weeks in advance and every participant must have read them before attending the meeting. The commentator will present a 10 to 15 minute introduction and critique, leaving at least one hour for discussion. There are no plans to publish the papers. Instead, it is up to the authors to seek publication if, and wherever, they wish.

Our objective is not only to provide an opportunity for the discussion of scholarly work but also to create an opportunity for comparative lawyers to get together for two days devoted to nothing but talking shop, both in the sessions and outside. We hope that this will create synergy that fosters more dialogue, cooperation, and an increased sense of coherence in a discipline badly in need of it.

For more information, see the conference announcement at the American Society of Comparative Law website. Please note that papers are password protected.


Linda C. Fentiman, "The 'Fetal Protection' Wars: Why America Has Made the Wrong Choice in Addressing Maternal Substance Abuse - A Comparative Legal Analysis."

Kristoffel Grechenig and Martin Gelter, "The Transatlantic Divergence in Legal Thought: American Law and Economics vs. German Doctrinalism."

Tracy A. Kaye, "Corporate Seduction: Tax Incentives in the United States and the European Union."

Thomas Kelly, "Unintended Consequences of Legal Westernization in Niger: Harming Contemporary Slaves by Reconceptualizing Property."

Brian Ray, "Policentrism, Political Mobilization and the Promise of Socioeconomic Rights."