The purpose of the ISCL is to encourage the comparative study of law and legal systems and to seek affiliation with individuals and organisations with complimentary aims. We were established in June 2008 and are recognised by the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Friday, August 9, 2019

'Legal Transplants & Mixed Jurisdictions': 3 September 2019, 9.30-12.20, at University of Central Lancashire.

The 2019 British Association of Comparative Law seminar, Legal Transplants & Mixed Jurisdictions - In Honour of the Late Prof. Alan Watson, will take place on 3 September, 9.30-12.20, at University of Central Lancashire.

The speakers are:
Prof. John Cairns (Edinburgh): The Birth of Mixed Legal Systems in the British Empire
Prof. Dr. Uwe Kischel (Greifswald): Theorising Legal Transplants?
Prof. Geoffrey Samuel (Kent): Why are “Nutshells” so Important?
Dr. Richard Kirkham (Sheffield): The Ombudsman as a Barometer of Administrative Cultures

This event is free and all are welcome to attend. To attend, please register via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/legal-transplants-mixed-jurisdictions-in-honour-of-the-late-prof-watson-tickets-64521029135

Monday, January 28, 2019

Call for panel proposals and papers - ASCL annual meeting

The American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) has just issued a call for proposals for (1) concurrent panels and (2) a works in progress conference to be held in association with the ASCL 2019 Annual Meeting, which will be held at the University of Missouri School of Law between Thursday, October 17, and Saturday, October 19, 2019.  The event is open to ASCL and non-ASCL members.

The theme of the Annual Meeting is “Comparative Law and International Dispute Resolution Processes” and will feature presentations on how comparative law affects various types of cross-border conflict, including but not limited to litigation, arbitration and mediation.  Concurrent panels and works in progress papers need not fall within this general theme, although of course they may.  Multilingual panel proposals will be considered as part of ASCL's mission to foster plurilingualism.

Information on the event, including the call for panel proposals and works in progress submissions, is available at  

Monday, January 14, 2019

American Society of Comparative Law, Younger Comparativists Committee: 8th Global Conference Call for Papers

American Society of Comparative Law
Younger Comparativists Committee

8th Global Conference Call for Papers

The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) is pleased to invite submissions for its Eighth Annual Conference, to be held on May 10-11, 2019, at McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal, Québec. The purpose of the conference is to highlight, develop, and promote the scholarship of younger scholars of Comparative Law. Planning for the Conference is undertaken by the YCC Program Committee in consultation with the Annual Program Committee of the ASCL.

Conference Subject-Matter and Eligibility
Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law. By “younger,” we mean graduate students, law teachers, lecturers, fellows, or others, provided that they have not held a full-time academic position since before July 1, 2009 (i.e., less than 10 years as of June 30, 2019). Submissions from full-time faculty, research fellows, and graduate students are equally welcome.

Submission Instructions
To submit an entry, scholars should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of between 500 and 750 words to ycc.conference.2019@gmail.com. The deadline for submission is January 31st, 2019. Abstracts received thereafter will not be considered.

Abstracts should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, but may have been accepted for publication, by May 1, 2019.  Interested participants should include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, contact information, and three to five keywords.  In the email, the author should certify that she/he qualifies as a younger scholar.  Graduate students should identify themselves as such in the email.

Proposals for fully formed panels are encouraged.  Panels must center around a common theme and include a confirmed list of panel members, abstracts for each presenter, and other required information.  Please include the words “Panel Proposal” in the subject line of your email. If you are submitting a panel you are also welcome to invite a Senior Scholar from the McGill Faculty as discussant for your panel.

Each scholar may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted. For co-authored submissions, both authors must qualify as younger comparativists. The conference’s Program Committee will assign individual and co-authored submissions to thematic panels according to subject area.


Authors of the submissions selected for the conference will be notified no later than February 15, 2019.  There is no cost to register for the conference but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses. A limited number of travel stipends, of up to $400, may be awarded to those who indicate financial need.  Priority will be given to faculty and students of ASCL Member Institutions.[Rk1] .  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission, and indicate your institution’s status.  All scholars selected for the conference—other than graduate students who wish to be considered for the Colin B. Picker graduate student prize listed below (and have an earlier deadline)—must submit final papers by email to ycc.conference.2019@gmail.com no later than April 10th, 2019.

Colin B. Picker Graduate Student Prize
The YCC in consultation with the Prizes Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law will award the Colin B. Picker Prize for the best paper submitted by a graduate student. To be considered for the award, in addition to submitting an abstract by the above deadline, graduate students whose abstracts are accepted for the conference must also submit their papers in their final form by February 28, 2019, to Sofia Ranchordas (s.h.ranchordas@rug.nl) with the following subject line: “Submission for Graduate Student Prize.” Inquiries should be directed to Sofia Ranchordas, Chair of the Scholarship Advisory Group.

Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law
The YCC in consultation with the Prizes Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law will award the Phanor J. Eder Prize for the best paper submitted by a J.D., B.A., or LL.B. or other student who has not yet completed the first law degree as of April 1, 2019.  The author(s) of the winning paper will receive a modest stipend to help defray the costs of attending the Conference and presenting the paper there.  A separate call will be forthcoming with the details of the Phanor J. Eder competition. Final papers will be due on February 28, 2019, in order to be considered for the competition. Inquiries should be directed to Sara Ross, Chair of the Affiliates Advisory Group, at sross@allard.ubc.ca.

Acknowledgements and Questions
The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of McGill University, and the American Society of Comparative Law.  Please direct all inquiries to Vincent Forray or Ioanna Tourkochoriti, Co-Chairs of the Program Committee, by email at vincent.forray@mcgill.ca or ioanna.tourkochoriti@nuigalway.ie .

YCC Board

Joshua Karton (Queens)
Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI-Galway)
Antonia Baraggia (Milan)
Kish Parella (Washington & Lee)
Tim Webster (Case Western Reserve)

YCC Program Committee

Vincent Forray (McGill)
Ioanna Tourkochoriti (NUI, Galway) (YCC Board)

Rehan Abeyranthe (Hong Kong)
Antonia Baraggia (Milan) (YCC Board)
Michael Da Silva (McGill)
Marie-Laurence Goyette (McGill)
Jurgen Goosens (Rotterdam, Ghent)
Claudia Haupt (Northeastern)
Akshaya Kamalnath (Deakin)
Kish Parella (Washington & Lee)
Valentina Rita Scotti (Koç)
Safa Ben Saad, (Sherbrooke) (QC)
Sarbani Sen (Jindal Global Law School)
Kyriaki Topidi (Lucerne)
Aikaterini Tsampi (Groningen)

ASCL Program Committee
Maximo Langer (UCLA) (chair)
Afra Asharipour (UC Davis)
Padideh Ala’i (American U Washington)
Hannah Buxbaum (Indiana)
Fernanda Nicola (American U Washington)
Julia Qin (Wayne State)


ASCL Younger Comparativists Committee
National University of Ireland
Galway, Galway H91 CF50
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