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Call for Papers: 2013 Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law

The Younger Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law is pleased to invite submissions for the Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law in connection with its third Annual Conference, to be held on April 4-5, 2014, at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. The Phanor J. Eder Prize is named in honor of the first president of the American Society of Comparative Law.

Subject Matter and Eligibility

Submissions will be accepted on any subject in public or private comparative law from students currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.B. program who will not yet have received their degree as of April 1, 2014. Submissions from graduate students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programs are not eligible for this competition but may be submitted under a separate call for papers directed to them at

Submission Instructions

To submit an entry, students should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing a completed paper in final form of no longer than 15,000 words (excluding footnotes) no later than December 31, 2013, to Virginia Harper Ho at with the following subject line: “Submission for Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize Competition.” Submissions should reflect original research that will not yet have been published, though may have been accepted for publication, by the time of the conference.

Submissions should be accompanied by an email that includes the author’s name, title of the paper, law school, contact information, and each author’s certification that she/he is an LL.B. or J.D. student satisfying the criteria set forth above.

Scholars may make only one submission. Both individual and co-authored submissions will be accepted, provided that all authors satisfy the eligibility criteria and provided a certification to that effect.

Selection & Notification Process

The Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law will be awarded for the best paper submitted by an LL.B. or J.D. student; one or more honorable mentions will also be awarded.

The author(s) of the winning submission will be notified no later than February 28, 2014. The winner(s) will receive a modest stipend to enable the author(s) to present their paper at the Annual Conference at a forum determined by the conference’s Program Committee.

There is no cost to register for the conference, but winners will be responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging and other incidental expenses beyond the prize stipend.

Acknowledgements and Questions

The Younger Comparativists Committee gratefully acknowledges the support of Lewis & Clark Law School. Please direct all inquiries to Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law, Chair of the Membership Advisory Group of the Younger Comparativists Committee, by email at

YCC Membership Advisory Group

Virginia Harper Ho, Chair, University of Kansas School of Law
Kevin Cope, Washington & Lee University School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law
Christina Fasone, European University Institute
Joshua Karton, Queen’s University Faculty of Law
Jaclyn Neo, National University of Singapore
Ioanna Tourkochoriti, Harvard University (ex-officio as Director of Advisory Groups)
Richard Albert, Boston College Law School (ex-officio as Chair of the Younger Comparativist Committee)


2 responses to “Call for Papers: 2013 Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law”

  1. george soehngen Avatar
    george soehngen


    The program sounds exciting. I do have trouble that applicants can only be students formally studying law, and not students who may be independently studying the law.

    I would love to submit a paper, and have an opportunity to meet like minded fellow scholars on the law. I am studying constitutional jurisprudence.

    Basically, the US constitution was a fabulous idea but the application of this idea was grossly misformulated. We the people vested authorities, no, declared that we vested authorities, but in fact vested nothing. Vesting requires us to protect and defend our vestees when acting within their vested authorities, but We, the people, failed to organize ourselves and therefore could not vest anything. Now we have three kids playing in the sandbox and no mommy to tell them to behave and how to behave. They have in fact usurped our (we the people) sovereign authorities,and they have become our tyrants. For example, We should be rewriting our constitution periodically as We see fit, yet the supreme court has usurped this authority from us, and we are unable to anything about it. This obviously needs to change.

    The above is just the tip of the iceberg. I would love an opportunity to develop the ideas about how we can fix our constitutions (state and national). If given the opportunity, I would love to present a paper, and listen to others on similar topics. Is this possible?

    George Soehngen

  2. Richard Albert Avatar

    Thank you for your interest in submitting a paper for this competition. The call for papers closed in late 2013. The 2014 competition will open in the Fall. Please stay tuned for the announcement on comparative law blogs.

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