Yale Law School is proud to host its Sixth Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12, 2016, in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and recent graduates with a forum to present, share, and debate their work. It seeks to promote quality research and to facilitate dialogue across diverse subject areas and methodological approaches, with a view towards fostering a global community of legal scholars. 

The Doctoral Scholarship Conference is open to all current doctoral candidates, in law or related disciplines, and to those who completed their doctorate during the 2015-2016 academic year. We welcome submissions engaging any area of law. Papers will be selected based on quality and their capacity to provoke thoughtful debate with other submissions.

We regret that we are unable to provide financial assistance to attend the conference. There is no obligation, or mechanism, to publish with us. We want to provide an environment of feedback and support for your current work. All papers will be assigned a discussant, and we will kindly ask accepted speakers also to discuss a paper.


Conference Schedule

Friday, November 11, 2016

Welcome and Introduction
Opening Address by Oona A. Hathaway, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

Panel 1A: The Making of International Law
Moderator: Sebastián Guidi, Yale Law School

  • Nahuel Maisley, Universidad de Buenos Aires, The Principle of Participation as a General Principle of Law
  • Odile Ammann, Université de Fribourg, Domestic Courts and the Interpretation of International Law
  • Magda Pacholska, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Cross-Fertilization of Self-Contained Secondary Regimes of International Law

Panel 1B: Philosophy of Law
Moderator: Jaap Baaij, Yale Law School

  • Raffael Fasel, University of Cambridge, "Simply in Virtue of Being Human"? A Critical Appraisal of a Human Rights Commonplace
  • Leora Dahan Katz, Yale Law School, How Victims Matter: Rethinking the Significance of the Victim in Criminal Theory
  • M. Beth Henzel, Rutgers University, A Theory of Counterfactuals for Negligence: Possible Worlds Semantics and Torts

Panel 2A: Equality, Groups, and Distribution
Moderator: Juliana Cesario Alvim Gomes, Yale Law School

  • Ofra Bloch, Yale Law School, How Diversity Obscured Equality: A Historical Inquiry into the Meaning of Diversity from Bakke to Fisher
  • Leticia Díez Sánchez, European University Institute, The Court of Justice of the European Union, Social Conflicts and Distributive Justice

Panel 2B: Law and Economics
Moderator: Bruno Bastos Becker, Yale Law School

  • ​Ignacio Cofone, Yale Law School, Why People Change Their Minds About Privacy -- Solving the Privacy Paradox
  • Adriana Robertson, Yale School of Management, The Invisible Stick: Regulatory Credibility and the Living Will Requirement
  • Orli Oren-Kolbinger, Bar-Ilan University, Measuring the Effect of Judicial Specialization on Judicial Decision Making: The Case of Israeli Income Tax Litigation

Remarks by Robert C. Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Panel 3A: New Governance Mechanisms
Moderator: Sebastian Reiter, Yale Law School

  • Sara Ghebremusse, Osgoode Hall Law School, The Limitations of International Natural Resource Governance: Standards and Indicators in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Roy Peled, Tel Aviv University, Sunlight Where It's Needed: The Case for Freedom of Media Information
  • Si Zeng, Yale Law School, State Ownership as a Substitute for Costly Regulation

Panel 3B: Reconstructing Legal Concepts
Moderator: Eugenio García-Huidobro, Yale Law School

  • Juha Tuovinen, European University Institute, A Phenomenology of Deference in Proportionality
  • Hasan Dindjer, University of Oxford, What Makes an Administrative Decision Reasonable?
  • David Louk, University of California, Berkeley, The Audience of Statutes

Panel 4A: A Matter of National Security
Moderator: Ying Zhu, Yale Law School

  • Elena Chachko, Harvard Law School, Foreign Affairs in Court: Lessons from CJEU Targeted Sanctions Jurisprudence
  • Elad Gil, Duke Law School, Who Gives a License to Kill? The Institutional Aspect of the Law on Targeted Killing

Panel 4B: Private Law Theory
Moderator: Guillermo Arribas, Yale Law School

  • Xiaoqian Hu, Harvard Law School, Property Rights and Citizen Empowerment: A Legal-Anthropological Study of Property Expropriation
  • Pavlina Hubkova, University of Economics, Prague, When Judges “Speak Economics” -- Conceptualizing Economic Arguments in Competition Case Law

Panel 5A: Interrogating Criminal Law
Moderator: Carlos De la Rosa, Yale Law School

  • Stijn Lamberigts, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, A Chameleon of Criminal Procedure?
  • Samuel Krauss, University of Texas, Austin, Appraising Testimony
  • Shih-Chun Chien, Stanford Law School, Police Interrogation, False Confession, and Expert Testimony: Reforming Taiwan’s Criminal Justice System Through Social Science Studies

Panel 5B: Socialization of the Law
Moderator: Hanna Deleanu, Yale Law School

  • ​John Bliss, University of California, Berkeley, Transitioning into Practice: Lawyer Socialization in the Chinese Corporate Bar
  • Elena Brodeala, European University Institute, Legal and Constitutional Debates on Reproductive Autonomy in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe
  • Abigail Stepnitz, University of California, Berkeley, Typically Atypical: Narrative, Law, and Paradoxes of Discursive Credibility

Closing Address by Ian Ayres, William K. Townsend Professor of Law, Yale Law School