Yale Law School is proud to host the Fifth Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, 2015. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share, and debate their work. It seeks to promote high-quality research and to facilitate a dialogue across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a global community of aspiring legal scholars.


Conference Schedule

Friday, December 4, 2015

10:00-10:30 am
Opening Remarks by Gordon Silverstein, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, Yale Law School
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

10:30 am-12:30 pm
A Scholar’s Journey: The Dissertation and Beyond

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall
Moderator: Alexander S. Rosas, Associate Director of Graduate Programs, Yale Law School

  • Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale Law School
  • Tom R. Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology, Yale Law School
  • Taisu Zhang, Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Yale Law School, and Associate Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law

2:00-3:45 pm
Panel 1A: Reimagining Classic Legal Concepts
Room 129, Yale Law School
Moderator: Jaap Baaij, Yale Law School

  • Kevin Patrick Tobia, Yale University, Who is the Reasonable Person?
  • Yael Braudo-Bahat, Tel Aviv University, The Right to Personal Autonomy
  • Dana Schmalz, University of Frankfurt, The Refugee Concept: Cosmopolitanism Brisance or Affirmation of the Nation-State Order?

Panel 1B: Global Economic Order
Room 128, Yale Law School
Moderator: Ying Zhu, Yale Law School

  • Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Harvard Law School, Using Treaty Rights to Leverage Compensation in the Oil and Gas Sectors: A Critical Approach to International Investment Law
  • Otabek Ismailov, University of Ottawa, Necessity Revisited: Interpreting the Non-Precluded Measures Clause of the U.S.-Argentina BIT under Systemic Integration Approach
  • Javier Solana, University of Oxford, A Lawyer’s Insight into Systematic Risk: Legal Analysis of Collateral Re-Use in Bilaterally Cleared Derivatives

4:15-6:00 pm
Panel 2A: Constitutional Triumphs and Heartbreaks
Room 129, Yale Law School
Moderator: Juliana Pondé Fonseca, Yale Law School

  • Mariana Velasco Rivera, Yale Law School, Mexico’s Constitutionalism: A Mirage
  • Bartosz Marciniak, European University Institute, Constituent Power: Reality, Integrity, and Amendment
  • Bryan Dennis Tiojanco, Yale Law School, Retelling People Power

Panel 2B: Government Surveillance: When Orwell met Le Carré
Room 128, Yale Law School
Moderator: Ashkhen Kazaryan, Yale Law School

  • Ido Kilovaty, Georgetown University Law Center, World Wide Web of Exploitations: The Case of Peacetime Cyber Espionage Operations Under International Law—Towards a Contextual Approach
  • Lea Raible, University College London, Extraterritoriality and the Place of Jurisdiction in an Account of Human Rights: The Case of the Right to Privacy
  • Aniket Kesari, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Lock the Back Door and Throw Away the Key: How iOS8’s Killer App is Challenging Government Surveillance


Saturday, December 5, 2015

10:15-11:45 am
Panel 3A: Boundaries and Belonging
Room 121, Yale Law School
Moderator: Kevin Escudero, Brown University

  • Guruparan Kumaravadivel, University College London, Understanding Internal Self-Determination: A Normative Account
  • Alastair Maclver, European University Institute, The Denationalization of Suspected Jihadists in the European Union: Challenges to the Foundations, Limits and Structure of a Plural Constitutional Order

Panel 3B: Criminal Minds
Room 128, Yale Law School
Moderator: Yael Plitmann, Yale Law School

  • Federica Coppola, European University Institute, Cerebrum Reum: A Neurolegal Theory of Intent (dolus)
  • Roseanna Sommers, Yale University, Perplexing Public Attitudes About Consent: Implications for Sex, Law, and Society

12:15-2:00 pm
Panel 4A: Social Control and the Legal System
Room 121, Yale Law School
Moderator: Ofra Bloch, Yale Law School

  • Gil Rothschild, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Communicative and Material Logics of Penal Institutions: A Neo-Institutional Perspective
  • Nino Guruli, University of Cambridge, Judicial Review and Judicial Restraint: Justification, Authority, and Rights in National Security

Panel 4B: International Law and the War on Terror
Room 128, Yale Law School
Moderator: Eugenio Gomez Chico Barbara, Yale Law School

  • Chosen Udorji, University of Sussex, The Support of Rebel Opposition Groups and the Responsibility of Third States in International Law
  • Asaf Lubin, Yale Law School, Blind Oracles: Regulating Intelligence Processing, Analysis, and Verification for Conducting Wartime Aerial Strikes
  • Tobias Ackermann and Katrin Fenrich, Ruhr University Bochum, The Unexpected Flexibility of Public International Law

3:00-5:00 pm
Panel 5A: Judicial Decision Making
Room 121, Yale Law School
Moderator: Ignacio Cofone, Yale Law School

  • Alan Kluegel and Ryan Copus, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Judicial Citation Clubs: Social Networks in the Federal Judiciary
  • Hannah Laqueur and Ryan Copus, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, Machines Learning Justice: The Case for Judgmental Bootstrapping of Legal Decisions
  • Torsten Stirner, University of Göttingen, The Law of Evidence in International Human Rights Proceedings—A Proposal to Overcome the Apparent Dichotomy between Flexibility and Legal Certainty

Panel 5B: Markets and Regulation
Room 128, Yale Law School
Moderator: Si Zeng, Yale Law School

  • Sarah Winsberg, University of Pennsylvania, Sorting Labor Cases “Under Heads Where They Seemed Most Applicable”: American Legal Understandings of Work Before Employment Law
  • Rory Van Loo, Yale Law School, The Corporation as Courthouse
  • Damiano Canapa, University of Zurich, The Influence of the Open Source Nature of Software on Merger Control

5:15-7:00 pm
Closing Keynote Address by Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law, Yale Law School
The Distributional Preferences of an Elite
Room 129, Yale Law School

Sponsored by the Graduate Programs Office at Yale Law School.