The Duke Law Journal invites proposals for its 48th Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in February 2018, 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:

  • Inclusion, Exclusion, and the Administrative State
  • 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

Chief Justice John Roberts, 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), Chai Feldblum (EEOC Commissioner), 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, 2017. Inquiries via this e-mail address should be directed to Duke Law Journal’s Special Projects Editor, Curtis Strubinger.

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 (please indicate what, if any, level of interest any have expressed);
  • If available, a paper, 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);
  • Please indicate whether this proposal would require more than one day. Symposia are traditionally held on 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. Although we will consider proposals with more or fewer articles, we expect symposium proposals to include five to six articles, each limited to 25 pages.

Travel Support

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

Important Dates

  • May 20, 2017: Deadline to submit proposals
  • June 3, 2017:  Proposal selected on or before this date
  • June 24, 2017: Commitments from panelists/contributing authors
  • October 3, 2017: Drafts of submissions for publications due
  • February 2018: 48th Annual Administrative Law Symposium takes place
  • May 2018: Volume 67’s Administrative Law Symposium Issue published

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your proposal!

Patrick Bradley
Duke Law Journal, Volume 67