Yale Law School is proud to host the Seventh Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, to be held on November 10-11, 2017, in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference provides doctoral students and recent doctoral graduates with a forum to workshop, present, and debate their work. It seeks to promote excellence in research and to facilitate meaningful academic dialogue, with a view towards fostering an international community of legal scholars.

The conference is open to all current doctoral candidates, in law or related disciplines, and to those who completed their doctoral degrees during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic year. Participants have been selected on the basis of their abstracts’ quality and capacity to provoke thoughtful debate with other submissions.

This year’s conference is divided into three separate “wheels”—thematic working groups which will run in parallel—with around eight participants each. The wheels will cover papers in the fields of “International Law”, “Law, Society, History”, and “Law, Politics, Theory”. The purpose of this breakdown into wheels is to allow enough time for each paper to be workshopped thoroughly and receive comments from scholars who are well versed in the relevant academic fields. In addition to intensive workshops in small groups, there will be several receptions, along with keynotes and workshops by Yale Law School faculty, allowing attendees to get to know one another and advance their professional development.

Within individual wheels, authors will be expected to offer brief, 10-minute introductions, to their paper, followed by an intensive workshop-like discussion. Selected participants will be expected to attend all conference events. Additionally, participants will be expected to read, in advance, and come prepared to comment and discuss all papers presented in their respective wheels. We anticipate that the conference will be the beginning of a longer-term collaboration amongst participants.

The Doctoral Scholarship Conference is generously sponsored by the Graduate Programs Office at Yale Law School. We regret that we are unable to provide financial support for travel and accommodations.


Conference Schedule

Group A: International Law
Group B: Law, Society, History
Group C: Law, Politics, Theory

Friday, November 10, 2017

Welcome and Introduction
Opening Address and Keynote by Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Session 1:
A: Michael Becker, Cambridge University, International Commissions of Inquiry and the Uses of International Law
B: Bharath Palle, Harvard Law School, The Sovereign and the Hidden Positivist
C: Ignacio Cofone, NYU School of Law/Yale Law School, Contracting the Incontractible

Session 2:
A: Faculty Conversation: W. Michael Reisman, Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
B: Ivan Lee, Cambridge University, The Protector of Chinese Inhabitants: British Sovreignty and Criminal Jurisdiction in Hong Kong after the Treaty of Nanking, 1842-1850
C: Joshua Braver, Tufts University, We, the Mediated People: Law, Revolution and Inclusion in Post-Cold War South America

Session 3:
A: Ori Sharon, Duke Law School, Non-Territorial EEZs: A Grain of Hope for Landless People
B: Faculty Conversation: Taisu Zhang, Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School
C: Ya Lan Chang, University of Cambridge, The Right to Contextualised Self-Authorship: Constitutive Communities as a Theoretical Justification of a Communitarian Approach to Constitutional Rights

Session 4:
A: Kaara Martinez, Cambridge University, In the City 2050: Housing, Property, and International Law
B: Luke Taylor, University of Toronto, Marriage, Status, and the Making of English Family Law
C: Marcin Baranski, European University Institute, Pluralism, Hierarchies and the European Constitution: An Inquiry into EU Legal Theory

Remarks by Heather Gerken, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Session 1:
A: Matthew Marinett, University of Toronto, Technology's Tyranny: Internet Corporations as Transnational Regulators
B: Vincent Dalpé, McGill University, The Mass Atrocity Prosecution Ritual
C: Faculty Conversation: Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University

Session 2:
A: Prabhakar Singh, Jindal Global Law School, Semicolonial Siam in International Law: Telling an Indochinese Tale
B: Ríán Tuathal Derrig, European University Institute, To Confront Disorder, To Intervene: Building American Modernists Through International Law
C: Patricia García Majado, University of Oviedo, The Fight for Immunity in the Legal System: Redefining the Classical Concept

Session 3:
A: Shannon Fyfe, Vanderbilt University, The Right to Punish and the 'Interests of Justice' at the ICC
B: Andrea Leiter, Melbourne Law School, The Lena Goldfields Arbitration: Political and Economic Contestation through the Language of Law
C: Natália Pires des Vasconcelos, University of São Paulo, Social Rights Justice: Nonideal Theory and Empirical Evidence

Session 4:
A: Gentiana Imeri, University of St. Gallen, Flexibility Mechanisms in the Context of Human Rights: An Empirical Account of State Parties' Design and Use of Flexibility Mechanisms
B: Enguerrand Marique, Université catholique de Louvain, A Legal-Historical Approach to the ‘Sharing Economy’ Movement
C: Tanya Monforte, McGill University, Civil Death and Wars at Home

Session 5:
A: Robin Ramsahye, Ruhr University Bochum, The Right to Land: Challenge or Opportunity for International Human Rights Law?
B: Min Tae Cha, Princeton University, Private Property and Public Opinion: The Case of Annesley v. Anglesey (1743)
C: Marjorie Gabriela Espinoza Plúa, Los Andes University/Yale Law School, The Andean Model of Fundamental Rights

Session 6:
A: Shixue Hu, Yale Law School, Actor or Act: Conflicting Tests of State-Owned Enterprises in ICSID Arbitration
B: Cynthia Farid, University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, Separation of Powers or Separated Power: Judicial Independence in Colonial India
C: Udit Bhatia, University of Oxford, Cracking the Whip: The Epistemic Costs of Strict Party Discipline

Closing Reception

For any questions, please contact doctoralconference.law[at]yale.edu.