The Duke Law Journal invites proposals for its 47th Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in February 2017, at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina.

The Duke Law Journal’s Administrative Law Symposium has been the premier administrative law event for over four decades. Previous symposia topics include:

  • Intellectual Property Exceptionalism in Administrative Law
  • Is the Appointments Process Broken? Insights from Practice, Process, and Theory
  • Taking Administrative Law “to Tax”
  • Well-Being Analysis vs. Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • The Future of the Federal Communications Commission

Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Judge Patricia Wald participated in Duke Law Journal’s 1993, 1989, and 1997 Administrative Law Symposia, respectively. Several prominent professors and professionals have recently participated in these symposia, including Stuart Benjamin (Duke), Julius Genachowski (FCC Chairman), Paul Light (NYU), Nina Mendelson (Michigan), Anne Joseph O’Connell (Berkeley), and W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt).

How to Submit a Proposal

Send an email with the subject line “Symposium Proposal” to with your proposal and a copy of your CV(s) attached by May 20, 2016. Inquiries via this e-mail address should be directed to Duke Law Journal’s Special Projects Editor, Zach Siegler.

What to Include in Your Proposal

Proposals should be Word documents that include the following:

  • A proposed title;
  • A brief description explaining the topic, its importance, and its relevance (no more than 500 words);
  • A list of the individuals you would solicit to write pieces for your proposed symposium
    for publication in the Duke Law Journal (and what, if any, interest they have expressed in participating);
  • If available, an abstract or brief description of the paper topics;
  • A list of individuals who might participate in your symposium without writing pieces for publication or who may be interested in publishing shorter response pieces in the Duke Law Journal Online (and what, if any, interest they have expressed in participating);
  • Whether this proposal would require more than one day. Symposia traditionally take
    place over one day.

Proposal Selection Criteria

Proposals must have some foundation in administrative law. The Duke Law Journal Symposium Selection Committee will review each proposal based on:

  • Definition and focus of the topic
  • Timeliness and importance of the topic
  • Experience and expertise of the presenters/panelists
  • Overall program quality

Including Duke Law faculty in your proposal is encouraged but not required.

Travel Support

The Duke Law Journal will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for symposium participants.

Important Dates

  • May 20, 2016: Deadline to submit proposals
  • June 3, 2016: Proposal selected on or before this date
  • June 24, 2016: Commitments from panelists/contributing authors
  • October 3, 2016: Drafts of submissions for publications due
  • February 2017: 47th Annual Administrative Law Symposium takes place
  • May 2017: Volume 66’s Administrative Law Symposium Issue published

Thank you and we look forward to your proposal.


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Duke Law Journal, Volume 66