Conferences and Funding Opportunities

Broader funding opportunities for the entire University of Pittsburgh are provided here.

Call for Papers for the Education Law Section at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

The AALS Education Law Section is pleased to announce a call for papers for our 2018 Annual Meeting session, called “Law, Politics, and the Public University,” co-sponsored by the Sections on Constitutional Law and State and Local Government Law.

Panel details:

The session will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018, from 1:30 to 3:15 pm. A panel of leading scholars and administrators in higher education will provide different perspectives on the future of public higher education. Political and legal conflicts in this arena have been front-page news in recent years. Americans are deeply divided about whether higher education plays a positive role in this country, and only one in three adults has earned a bachelor’s degree.

Panelists will put these conflicts and facts in context, addressing topics such as the First Amendment, sanctuary campuses, student debt and higher education financing, for-profit colleges, admissions policies, and the demographics of higher education.

Submission information:

One presenter will be selected from this call for papers after review by the Education Law Section executive committee. Submissions should be emailed to Professor Eloise Pasachoff at by Friday, August 25, 2017. Although there are no requirements for the length of the submission, completed drafts will receive preference over abstracts or outlines. The paper selected may have the option of publishing with the Fordham Urban Law Journal, although publication in that journal is not a requirement of participation in the panel; authors interested in this opportunity should so note on their submission.

Authors will be notified of the executive committee’s decision by mid-September. The author of the paper selected will be responsible for paying all expenses associated with attendance at the AALS meeting.

Please direct any inquiries to Professor Pasachoff.

Call for Papers
A Workshop on Legal Transitions and the Vulnerable Subject: Fostering Resilience through Law's Dynamism

December 8-9, 2017
Emory University School of Law
A Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative Workshop

There is a widespread perception that we live in a moment of change that is unprecedented in its scope and pace. Climate change, mass movements of dislocated persons, technological innovation, shifts in recognition of sexual and gender diversity, and new information networks challenge identities, institutions, and political coalitions. The law plays a critical role in creating and responding to change. A significant dimension of individuals' and groups' experience of change involves transformation in legal regulation. Relationships previously outside the law may gain recognition; the social insurance of risk may shift dramatically; entire legal status categories may disappear. As the law transforms, individuals and groups also transition across legal boundaries... Read the entire invitation and guidelines here

Email a proposal of several paragraphs as a Word or PDF document by July 21, 2017 to Rachel Ezrol,

Decisions will be made by August 4, 2017 and working paper drafts will be due November 15, 2017 so they can be duplicated and distributed prior to the Workshop.

Call for Papers : Law’s Porosities

The North-American section of the Société de législation comparée is organizing a bilingual conference (French-English) on “Law’s Porosities” on October 26, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the American University Washington College of Law, in conjunction with the American Society of Comparative Law’s annual meeting, which will be held on October 27 and 28, 2017. Presentations in English or French are welcome.

There is no cost to attend either or both meetings, and reduced hotel costs will be available to anyone registered for either or both meetings.

Please send a short abstract of your proposed presentation before August 31 to

Details for registration will be posted soon on the site of the American Society of Comparative Law:

We are hoping to see many of you in Washington!

-Vivian Curran, President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparée,
President, American Society of Comparative Law

-George Bermann, Vice-President, North-American Section, Société de législation comparée

Ford Institute for Human Security Research Grant Competition

The Ford Institute for Human Security seeks to promote high quality research and writing in the field of human security. To that end, we encourage the submission of proposals to the annual competition for full-time or core non-tenured faculty to apply for up to $2,000 to support research and publication on a human security topic.

For more information, view the flyer (PDF).

SEALS 2017 - Call for Submissions

SEALS has begun the process of putting together its 2017 annual meeting program. According to SEALS, they aim to conclude this process by October 31st, to issue a draft program in December, and a final program in mid-January. Anyone can decide to put together a panel or discussion group and submit it through the SEALS website submission portal.

Fulbright Scholars Program: Opportunities in Law

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 200 awards around the world for American legal scholars to advance the study and use of law as a cornerstone for building mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries. Opportunities exist to guest lecture, conduct research, network and build collaboration across a wide range of legal fields. In addition, diverse grant opportunities are available for postdoctoral researchers, academics and professional applicants. Grant activity, length, invitation requirements, language requirements and qualifications vary by award, but a PhD or JD in law is generally required for most awards. See more at

Global Studies Faculty Fellowship

The University of Pittsburgh Global Studies Center (GSC) announces a competition for its inaugural Faculty Fellow. Each year, GSC will select one outstanding University of Pittsburgh faculty member whose scholarship supports the Center’s research, curricular, and outreach priorities. This award is designed to advance and showcase faculty research related to GSC’s themes. The fellowship will provide up to $5,000 for travel, research, and curricular development and up to an additional $15,000 in support of a major scholarly event (e.g., workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, seminar, research collaboration; see guidelines below for some restrictions). More information is available at

Faculty Funding Resources for International Research and Projects