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Call for Papers – Fourth Junior Faculty Forum on Law and STEM 

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law,
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and Stanford Law School

Call for Papers
Fourth Junior Faculty Forum on Law and STEM  

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
October 15-16, 2021 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 18, 2021 

Background: The Fourth Junior Faculty Forum for Law and STEM will be held at Penn on October 15-16, 2021. The Forum is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM). The forum is currently seeking submissions from junior faculty interested in presenting papers at the forum. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 18, 2021.  

A group of junior scholars will be chosen on a blind basis from among those submitting papers. One or more senior scholars, not necessarily from Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford, will comment on each paper. The audience will include the participating junior faculty, faculty from the host institutions, and invited guests. Participating junior faculty are expected to stay for the full duration of the Forum.

The goal is to promote interdisciplinary research exploring how developments in STEM are affecting law and vice versa. Preference will be given to papers with the strong interdisciplinary approaches integrating these two areas of study. 

Potential topics include (but are not limited to): 

  • Artificial intelligence 
  • Autonomous vehicles 
  • Biometrics 
  • Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies 
  • Computational law 
  • Contact tracing and other COVID-19-related topics 
  • Customized medicine 
  • Genetics and epigenetics 
  • Machine learning and predictive analytics 
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Neuroscience and law 
  • Online security and privacy 
  • Regulation of online platforms 
  • Robotics 
  • Spectrum policy 
  • Synthetic biology 
  • Virtual and augmented reality 

A jury of accomplished scholars with expertise in the particular topic will select the papers to be presented. Suggestions of possible commentators are also welcome.

There is no publication commitment. Northwestern, Penn, and Stanford will pay presenters’ and commentators’ travel expenses, though international flights may be only partially reimbursed. 

Qualifications: To be eligible, authors must be teaching at a U.S. school of higher education in a tenured or tenure-track position or as a Visiting Assistant Professor or Fellow and must have received their first tenure-track appointment no more than seven years before the conference. Authors in tenure and tenure-track positions will be given priority. American citizens or permanent residents teaching abroad are also eligible to submit provided that they have held a faculty position or the equivalent, including positions comparable to junior faculty positions in research institutions, for less than seven years, and that they earned their last degree after 2011. Jointly authored submissions are accepted so long as the presenting coauthor is individually eligible to participate in the Forum and none of the other coauthors has taught in a tenured or tenure-track position for more than seven years. Papers that will be published prior to the meeting are not eligible. Authors may submit only one paper. 

Paper Submission Procedure: Electronic submissions should be submitted through this link. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 18, 2021.  Please remove all references to the author(s) in the paper. Please include in the text of the email a cover note listing your name, the title of your paper, and the general topic under which your paper falls. Any questions about the submission procedure should be directed both to Professor Christopher Yoo and Caroline Olson

Further Information: General information about the Forum is available through this link. Inquiries concerning the Forum should be sent to Mark Lemley at the Stanford Law School, David Schwartz at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, or Christopher Yoo at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.



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