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"Law feeds and is fed by the world around it. Fortunately, that world is at least as aptly described and understood by the humanities as by the social sciences. Hence, and also fortunately, it is impossible fully to understand law without a deep and sympathetic knowledge of the liberal arts."

— The Honorable Guido Calabresi,
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and former dean, Yale Law School

Since its inception, the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities (YJLH) has become a premier forum for articulating the vital intersections between law and the liberal arts. Grounded in the ever-deepening awareness that interdisciplinary investigation is crucial to an understanding of both the law and our culture, YJLH provides a unique intellectual arena for encounters between law and a variety of disciplines.

YJLH is composed of students studying at the Yale Law School as well as graduate students studying humanities-related disciplines through the other graduate programs at Yale University. We publish two issues per year and are currently working on the first issue of our twenty-ninth volume.

Volume 29(2) Call for Papers: Philosophy’s Practical Turn


The Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities is seeking full submissions for a symposium section of the Spring 2017 issue. The journal seeks submissions that employ methods of philosophy (broadly construed) to investigate practical legal issues. We hope to publish articles representative of an array of philosophical traditions and contemporary issues. The special section aims to exemplify how philosophical approaches and insights provide distinctive and significant contributions to practical legal debates.

Example topics include:

Bioethics, biolaw, and technology
Feminist philosophy of law
Law and philosophy of race, gender, sexuality
Mass incarceration and prisons
Neuroscience, law, and philosophy
Philosophical analyses of legal evidence or standards of proof
Philosophy of disability and the law
Practical just war theory and philosophy of war
Topics in practical ethics (e.g. abortion, capital punishment) with a legal-philosophical angle

Please submit papers prepared for anonymous review to [email protected] by December 31, 2016. If it would be useful to receive informal feedback on the appropriateness of a proposed topic, feel free to email us.

We also aim to accept and publish standard submissions for Volume 29(2) (in addition to articles chosen for the special section of the issue). Please send regular submissions to [email protected].

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Volume 29 Masthead (2016-2017)


Editor-in-Chief
Kevin P. Tobia

Submissions Editors
Wesleigh Anderson
John Sarlitto

Notes Editors
Daniel Listwa
Akhil Sud

Editorial Board
Anya Adair, Wesleigh Anderson, Jason Bell, Jacob Bennett, Catherine Crooke, Andrew Forsyth, Daniel Graves, Tobias Kuehne, Caroline Lieffers, Veronica Mayer, Kevin Tobia, Tongjia Zhang

(Representing Yale Students in Law and Doctoral Candidates in Classics, English, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History of Science and Medicine, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and Spanish & Portuguese)