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Prize: Nominations for the Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law, AALS, November 30, 2023

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The Section on Comparative Law invites Nominations for the Mark Tushnet Prize in Comparative Law to recognize scholarly excellence in any subject of comparative law by an untenured scholar at an AALS Member School.

The Prize will be given to the author(s) of a scholarly article judged to have made an important contribution in the field of comparative law. This article must have been published in an academic journal between July 2022 and November 2023. The Prize was awarded for the first time at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. All untenured scholars-including but not limited to tenure-track professors, visiting assistant professors, lecturers, academic fellows, doctoral candidates-are eligible.

Nominations for the 2023 Tushnet Prize should be sent by email to Professor Elizabeth M. Iglesias, [email protected], Professor Timothy Webster, [email protected]; Professor Anna Conley, [email protected], and Professor Jonathan Hafted, [email protected]  no later than November 30, 2023. Nominations should include the full name, institutional affiliation, and contact information for the nominated scholar, as well as a citation for the article. A PDF version of the published article would also be appreciated. Self-nominations are welcomed.

About Mark Tushnet 

Mark Tushnet, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools, is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Tushnet is an authoritative voice in constitutional law and theory. His scholarship spans all areas of public law, including comparative constitutional law, a field in which he has co-authored a leading casebook. A respected teacher, a devoted mentor, and an influential scholar, he retired from the Harvard faculty in June 2020.

For all questions, please contact Professor Elizabeth Iglesias [[email protected]], Chair of the AALS Section on Comparative Law. And in the meantime, have a restful and productive summer!

Call for Papers: Islamic Law & Constitutionalism, AALS Annual Meeting, September 15, 2023

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Deadline for Submission: September 15, 2023

Panel Sponsor: Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS)

The Islamic Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) invites submission of papers for its panel entitled Islamic Law and Constitutionalism at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January 2024.

The panel will discuss topics relating to Islamic law and constitutions, primarily from the modern period. Special interest will be in papers focused on the conference theme of “Defending Democracy.” Broadly speaking, these papers examine how Islamic law operates in constitutional democracies and the challenges, as well as opportunities, that arise. We anticipate that papers might explore a number of issues in Muslim-majority states with commitments to Islamic law and to rights regimes, including (but not limited to): questions around legislation and interpretation, the extent to which Islamic law can or should be a source of state legislation, Islamic law supremacy clauses, the balance of rights, religious obligations and freedoms, who has the authority to interpret and determine the content of Islamic law, the role of popular sovereignty, constitutional reform, and the place of tradition within democracy.

Paper proposals of no more than 500 words should be sent to Adnan Zulfiqar ([email protected]) no later than September 15, 2023. The Section welcomes submissions from academics at all levels: tenured, pre-tenure, non-tenure track, fellows, visiting assistant professors, adjunct professors, graduate students, etc. You do not need to be based at a law school to submit a paper proposal.

Note that presenters will be expected to pay the membership and registration fees to attend AALS (www.aals.org).