Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 11 (2023)

Call for Abstracts: Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 2023

Conference date: April 27 – 29, 2023
Abstracts due: February 6, 2023

The Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression invites applications to participate in the eleventh annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC), held at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference will take place on Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 2023. We ask all those interested in presenting a paper to submit an abstract by February 6, 2023. Those interested in serving as a discussant should also respond by this date.

At FESC, scholars and practitioners discuss works-in-progress on the freedoms of speech, expression, press, association, petition, and assembly, as well as on related issues of knowledge and information policy. FESC has become a fixture on the calendar of leading First Amendment thinkers and scholars nationwide. The paper titles and attendees from prior conferences are available here.

Each accepted paper is assigned to a discussant, who will summarize the paper, provide feedback, and lead a discussion. Workshop sessions are lively discussions among authors, discussants, and participants. Sessions will run from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. There will be a casual dinner Thursday evening and a conference dinner Friday evening. Conference participants are expected to read the papers in advance and to attend the entire conference.

We accept papers on a wide array of freedom of expression and information policy topics. Although participation at the conference is by invitation only, we welcome paper proposals from scholars and practitioners all over the world. Please feel free to share this call for submissions widely.


Submission Details

  • Titles and abstracts of papers should be submitted electronically to no later than February 6, 2023. Abstracts should be no longer than one page, and should be submitted as a PDF file saved under the file name “[last name, first name] – [paper title].” Please use the subject line “FESC Paper Submission” in your email.
  • Those interested in attending the conference or acting as a discussant should contact Heather Branch [] no later than February 6, 2023 to indicate their interest. Please use the subject line “FESC Discussant” in your email.
  • Authors will be informed whether their paper has been selected on or before March 1, 2023.
  • Workshop versions of accepted papers will be due on April 10, 2023 so that they can be circulated to discussants and other conference participants.

We expect that participants’ home institutions will cover travel expenses. However, thanks to a generous donation from the Stanton Foundation, we are able to offer Abrams Travel Fellowships to cover some costs of lodging and travel expenses for authors and discussants who would not otherwise be able to attend. This fellowship is intended to encourage submissions from junior faculty and lawyers.

Please feel free to contact Heather Branch [] with any questions.