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Michigan Law School Fifth Annual Junior Scholars Conference

On April 26-27, 2019, the University of Michigan Law School will host the fifth annual Junior Scholars Conference. The conference brings together promising junior scholars to present their work and receive feedback from Michigan Law School faculty. It aims to promote fruitful research collaboration between its participants and to encourage their integration in a community of legal scholars.

The Call for Papers may be found here.
Please send submissions to by January 12, 2019.


University of Michigan Law School Junior Scholars' Conference Chair:
David Hughes

Center for International and Comparative Law
University of Michigan Law School
200 Hutchins Hall
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215


7:45 - 8:30 A.M.  Registration and Breakfast

8:30 - 8:50 A.M.  Welcome Remarks - Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis (Assistant Dean for International Affairs, University of Michigan)

9:00 - 10:30 A.M.  Panel I - Observation and Documentation

Faculty Discussant:  Professor J.J. Prescott (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin (University of Michigan, S.J.D. student) 

  • Mark Leinauer (University of California, Berkeley):  Mapping the Headwinds:  An Empirical Analysis of Anti-Homosexual Bias in Custody Disputes
  • Merritt McAlister (University of Florida):  'Downright Indifference':  Examining Unpublished Decisions in the Federal Courts of Appeals"
  • Talia Shiff (Harvard University):  Legal Standards and Moral Worth in Frontline Decision-Making:  Evaluations of Victimization in U.S. Asylum Determinations
10:30 - 10:45 A.M.  Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15 P.M.  Panel II - Vulnerable Groups

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Julian Davis Mortenson (University of Michigan)

Moderator:  Isabella Kräuter (University of Michigan, Research Scholar)

  • Clare Ryan (Yale University):  Children as Bargaining Chips
  • Marie-Amélie George (Wake Forest University):  Framing Trans Rights

  • Abbye Atkinson (University of California, Berkeley):  Rethinking Credit as Social Provision

12:15 - 1:00 P.M.  Pick up Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 P.M.  Keynote Address (138 Hutchins Hall)
Professor Steven R. Ratner, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan:  The Jamal Khashoggi Murder and the Limits of International Law

2:00 - 2:15 P.M.  Coffee Break

2:15 - 3:45 P.M.  Panel III - Rights

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Kristina Daugirdas (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Johanna Aleria Lorenzo (University of Michigan, Research Scholar)

  • Ndjodi Ndeuyema (Oxford University):  Beyond a Human Right to Water Under Treaty Law:  Evaluating the Water's Crystallisation as Customary International Law and the (neglected) Role of General Principles of Law
  • Sarah L. Swan (Florida State University):  Discriminatory Dualism
  • Margaret Boittin (Osgoode Hall, York University):  The Unintended Consequences of Mass-Media Anti-Trafficking Campaigns:  Evidence from an Experimental Test in Nepal

3:45 - 4:00 P.M.  Coffee Break

4:00 - 5:30 P.M.  Panel IV - Security and Transnational Threats

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Max G. Cherem (University of Michigan, Law School)

  • Elena Chachko (Harvard University):  Administrative Foreign and Security Policy
  • Kathleen Claussen (University of Miami):  Trade & Security Exceptionalism
  • Bríd Ní Ghráinne (Judicial Studies Institute, Masaryk University):  Safe Zones as Humanitarian Intervention

7:30 P.M.  Dinner (Dessous - 312 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI)


8:30 - 9:00 A.M.  Breakfast

9:00 - 10:30 A.M.  Panel V - Free Speech

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Sherman Clark (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Lukas Gerhardinger (University of Michigan, Research Scholar)

  • Magi Otsri (Tel Aviv University):  "Only Joking" as Legal Defense:  How Offensive is Offensive Humor?
  • Alan Rozenshtein (University of Minnesota):  Silicon Valley's Speech
  • Inbar Levy (University of Melbourne):  Nudging Off Fictional News

10:30 - 10:45 A.M.  Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15 P.M.  Panel VI - Crime, Justice, and Punishment

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Barbara McQuade (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Francis Tom Temprosa (University of Michigan, S.J.D. Candidate)

  • Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe (University of California, Davis):  Who the Public Defender Should Be
  • Sunita Patel (University of California, Los Angeles):  Cracking Open the Courthouse Door to Sue Police
  • Chaz Arnett (University of Pittsburgh):  From Decarceration to E-carceration

12:15 - 1:15 P.M.  Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 P.M.  Panel VII - Legal Actors and Actions

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Margo Schlanger (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Marcella Pereira Ferraro (University of Michigan, Research Scholar)

  • Joy Milligan (University of California, Berkeley):  Plessy Preserved:  Agencies and THe Effective Constitution
  • Joshua Braver (Harvard University):  Constituent Power as Extraordinary Adaptation
  • Matthew A. Shapiro (Hofstra University):  The Indignities of Civil Litigation

2:45 - 3:00 P.M.  Coffee Break 

3:00 - 4:30 P.M.  Panel VIII - Consumer Protection

Faculty Discussant:  Professor Laura Nyantung Beny (University of Michigan)
Moderator:  Kaijie Wu (University of Michigan, S.J.D. Candidate)

  • Lauren Scholz (Florida State University):  The New Consumer Boilerplate
  • Maria José Schmidt-Kessen (Copenhagen Business School):  A Fair Deal for Everyone:  How to Ensure Fairness, Competitiveness, and Consumer Protection on Online Market Places?

  • Nikita Divissenko (European University Institute):  Towards an Optimal Regulation of Innovative Markets:  Challenges of Addressing Market Fragmentation in Online Payments Market in The Context of Reintermediation

4:30 P.M.  Concluding Remakrs



University of Michigan Law School Junior Scholars Conference Chair:

David Hughes

Center for International and Comparative Law
University of Michigan Law School
200 Hutchins Hall
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

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  1. The Michigan Law Junior Scholars Conference is a relatively intimate forum. It is mostly supported by members of the Michigan Law faculty, Michigan's SJD students and research scholars, and each of you. The Conference is intended to generate meaningful discussion about each paper that will be presented. Your participation is an essential component of the conference. Therefore, we would like to stress our expectation that you attend the full two-day schedule.

  2. Once all of your draft conference papers have been received these will be distributed amongst the participants. While we, of course, understand that you won't be able to read all of the papers that will be presented at the Conference, we do ask that you engage with as many of the papers as you can to facilitate fruitful and constructive discussion. 

  3. Please note that the conference will start at 8:00 am on Friday, April 26, and will end at approximately 4:30 pm on Saturday, April 27. We will send a tentative program and the full papers in early April. While the schedule is currently being revised, please keep these times in mind when making travel arrangements.

  4. The conference will comprise eight panels.  Each panel will include three paper presentations (approx. 8-10 minutes per paper), comments by a faculty discussant (8-10 minutes per paper), and an open floor discussion. The open discussion will be led by a moderator whose job is to facilitate the discussion. The shorter than normal presentation times are intended to maximize the time for discussion. 

  5. Please submit your draft articles by April 1, 2019. This is essential so that the papers can be distributed and read by your faculty commentators and shared amongst the participants. The faculty invest considerable time in reviewing your papers, and it is important that we are able to send them the papers in advance. 

conference facilities

  1. The conference will be held at the Law School's Jeffries Hall (701 South State Street, 48109) on April 26 and April 27, 2019. 

  2. A projector, computer and Wi-Fi access will be at your disposal. If you choose to use a visual presentation, we recommend that you bring it with you on a flash drive, and, in addition, store it online as a backup. There is no need to send us the presentation in advance. Kindly let us know should you require any special A/V resources beyond the usual conference set up.

  3. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you require any additional accommodations.


  1. We are happy to provide meals as part of the conference schedule. A light breakfast and lunch will be served both days. You are also invited to attend a conference dinner in downtown Ann Arbor on Friday night at Dessous (312 South Main Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan).

  2. Please advise us as soon as possible should you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.

transportation from and to detroit metropolitan airport

  1. AirRide (airport bus): Least expensive. Be sure to read the information about where to board AirRide at DTW.

  2. Airport Shuttles: More expensive but will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel. Advance reservations are usually needed; some shuttles allow online reservations. See: Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle

  3. Taxi: From the airport, follow the signs to Ground Transportation. To the airport, contact a taxi company that services Ann Arbor such as Blue Car or Michigan Green Cars.

  4. Car service: If you would like to book a private car service let us know in advance, and we can put you in touch with a driver who is reliable, can be booked in advance, and is reasonably priced.


Please take care of visa arrangements soon. If you need a letter of invitation from us, please let us know as soon as possible.


Please feel free to book your accommodation as you see fit, but it’s always best to take care of this early. Below are some suggestions that past participants have used and recommended:

  1. Comfort Inn & Suites University South, 3501 South State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; tel: 734-761-8838 (approximately 20-minute bus ride).

  2. The Bell Tower, 300 South Thayer Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; tel: 734-769-3010 (walking distance).

  3. The Inn at the League, 911 North University, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; tel: 734-764-3177 (walking distance).  

  4. The Graduate Ann Arbor, 615 East Huron Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; tel: 734-769-2200 (walking distance).  

  5. The Executive Residence at the Ross School of Business, 710 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104; tel: 734-764-7677 (a few minutes walking distance from the Law School).  The Residence at the Business School is available for conference participants. It operates like a traditional hotel. When you call to reserve a room, you’ll need to mention that you’re participating in the Conference. Online bookings are unavailable). 


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David Hughes, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar, Conference Chair
Kaijie Wu, Michigan Grotius S.J.D., Assistant Conference Chair

Chun-Han Chen, S.J.D. Candidate
Max Cherem, Senior Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Lukas Gerhardingher, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Ajitesh Kir, S.J.D. Student
Johanna Lorenzo, Michigan Grotius Resesearch Scholar
Dawn Lui, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Marcella Pereira Ferraro, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin, S.J.D. Student
Vivian Rocha, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Mirjam Streng, Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Francis Tom Temprosa, S.J.D. Candidate
Valentina Vadi, Senior Michigan Grotius Research Scholar
Justin Vanderschuren, Michgian Grotius Research Scholar
Xiaonan (Nancy) Yang, Senior Michigan Grotius Research Scholar