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CFP: Emerging Scholars in Law and Political Economy

Jan 16, 2023

The Law and Political Economy Project and the Program on Law and Political Economy at Harvard Law School are pleased to invite proposals for an in-person gathering of Emerging Scholars that will take place from March 31 to April 2, 2023 at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Over the past several years, a growing group of legal scholars has begun to center questions of “law and political economy” (LPE) as part of a collective effort toward transforming legal research and practice. Joined by the insight that the “the economy” cannot be separated from questions of power, distribution, and democracy, these scholars have highlighted the law as an essential force shaping social and economic relations. In so doing, they have brought much-needed critical attention to the legal dimensions of racial and gender injustice, corporate power, the devaluation of social and ecological reproduction, and the violence of the carceral state under capitalism. 

The Emerging Scholars program is designed to assist early-career scholars as they prepare to enter the U.S. legal academy. These Emerging Scholars will each participate in a small paper workshop, where they will receive direct feedback and mentorship from one to two dedicated faculty commentators.

We aim to select eight to ten Emerging Scholars who meet all of the following criteria:

  • They are law graduates based in the United States who intend to be on the legal academic job market within the next few years;
  • They have a work-in-progress that is germane to LPE questions and themes (either a law review article or other full-length piece of legal scholarship);
  • They commit to submitting a completed draft of their paper by March 15, 2023; and
  • They are able to attend the entirety of the convening in person.

Proposal submissions will be reviewed and selected by an academic committee. Acceptance will be determined by a number of factors, including the paper’s suitability, commentator availability and expertise, and our convening capacity. We will cover participants’ hotel accommodations and travel expenses, and ensure that additional costs are not a barrier to participation for selected Emerging Scholars.

Those who are interested and fit the selection criteria should submit their proposal and a CV by January 16, 2023 using the form on the LPE at Harvard webpage. Proposals should consist of a title and a 200-300 word abstract. Emerging Scholars will be notified of their selection by February 6, 2023, and they must submit their full papers no later than March 15, 2023. Questions about the LPE Emerging Scholars convening can be directed to Sanjay Jolly (