2021 Junior Scholars Conference


On April 16-17, 2021, the University of Michigan Law School will host the seventh annual Junior Scholars Conference as an online event. 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 your abstract and CV through the online submission form by January 4, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Michigan Law Junior Scholars conference. With more than 400 submissions this year, we had to make some very difficult selection decisions and regret if your paper was not among those chosen. The authors of all selected papers for the 2021 conference have been notified. Please check back this fall when the call for submissions for the 2022 event will be open. Until then, we wish you all the best as you continue asking and answering the interesting and important legal questions of our time.


Friday, April 16, 2021 (To Be Held Remotely Via Zoom) 

Join here upon registration:


8:30 - 8:40 A.M. Welcome Remarks - Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis (Assistant Dean for International Affairs, University of Michigan)

8:45 - 10:15 A.M. Panel I - International Law 

Faculty Discussant: Professor Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Farshad Rahimi Dizgovin, S.J.D. candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Georgia Antonopoulou (Erasmus School of Law): From Forum Selling to Forum Marketing
  • Ashley Barnes (University of Toronto): Compensation in a Changing International Legal Order
  • Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui and Shaheen Qureshi (Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University): The Plurality of Constitutive Imaginations and the Multiverse of International Law: A Brief Sketch

10:15 - 10:30 A.M. Break

10:30 - 12:00 P.M. Panel II - Human Rights

Faculty Discussant: Professor Christopher McCrudden (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Chun-Han Chen, S.J.D. candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Martin Lolle Christensen (European University Institute):  The Use of External Judicial Decisions Among Regional Human Rights Courts
  • Stephanie Coker (University of Leicester): The Best Interests of the 'Dutiful Child': Defining the Limits on the Child's Responsibilities
  • Angela Hefti (University of Lucerne): No More Impunity: Femicide and State Responsibility

12:00 - 1:00 P.M. Lunch Break

1:00 - 2:30 P.M. Panel III - Law and Society

Faculty Discussant: Professor Emily Prifogle (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Dingyurui Bao, S.J.D. student (University of Michigan)

  • Luwam Dirar (Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and Rule of Law): The Emancipation Conundrum: Decolonization, Gender, and Equality Movements in the Context of African Integration
  • Emily Stolzenberg (Villanova University): Nonconsensual Family Obligations
  • Laura Lane-Steele (Tulane Law School): Adjudicating Identity

2:30 - 3:00 Breakout Rooms

3:00 - 3:15 P.M. Break

3:15 - 4:45 P.M. Panel IV - Constitutional Law

Faculty Discussant: Professor Don Regan (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Aviram Shahal, S.J.D. candidate (University of Michigan

  • Oren Tamir (Harvard Law School): Administrativizing Constitutional Law
  • Joanna Langille (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law):  Legality All the Way Down: Public Policy's Role in Choice of Law Analysis
  • Ziv Schwartz (University of Chicago Law School): Supplementing Supplemental Briefing

Saturday, April 17, 2021 (To Be Held Remotely Via Zoom) 

8:45 - 10:15 A.M. Panel V - Environmental Law

Faculty Discussants: Professor Nina Mendelson (University of Michigan) and Professor Andy Buchsbaum (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Lorenzo Giovanni Luisetto, Michigan International and Comparative Law Research Scholar (University of Michigan)

  • Mark Nevitt (Syracuse University College of Law): Is Climate Change a National Emergency?
  • Sonya Ziaja (University of Baltimore School of Law): How Algorithm Assisted Decision Making is Influencing Environmental Law and Climate Adaptation
  • Francesca Leucci (University of Bologna): Unlocking the Potential of Environmental Liability in Transformational Times

10:15 - 10:30 A.M. Break

10:30 - 12:30 P.M. Panel VI - Corporate Law

Faculty Discussant: Professor Vikramaditya Khanna (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Avaskhan Assanaliyev, S.J.D. candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Wanling Su (Harvard Law School): The Myth of Director Oversight
  • Maria Lucia Passador (Université de Luxembourg) and Maria Lillà Montagnani (Bocconi University): Tech Committees and AI Governance: An Empirical Analysis in Europe and North America
  • Aneil Kovvali (University of Chicago Law School):  Countercyclical Corporate Governance

12:30 - 1:00 P.M. Discussion: Tax Law

Faculty Discussant: Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Mohanad Salaimi, S.J.D. student (University of Michigan)

  • Nyamagaga Gondwe (New York University): The Black Tax: How the Code Reinforces Black Poverty

1:00 - 1:30 P.M. Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:00 P.M. Panel VII - Criminal Law

Faculty Discussant: Professor Barbara McQuade (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Samanatha Franks, J.D. student (University of Michigan)

  • Brian Murray (Seton Hall University School of Law): Privatizing Expungement
  • Adam Davidson (University of Chicago Law School):  Managing the Police Emergency
  • Ryan Sakoda (University of Chicago Law School): Probation to Prison: Race and the Structure of Sanctions in Probation Supervision

3:00 - 3:15 P.M. Break

3:15 - 5:15 P.M. Panel VIII - Law and Technology

Faculty Discussant: Professor Nicholson Price (University of Michigan)

Moderator: Raphaël Beauregard-Lacroix, S.J.D. candidate (University of Michigan)

  • Carla Reyes (SMU Dedman School of Law): Autonomous Corporate Personhood
  • Muhammad Zaheer Abbas (Queensland University of Technology): Patent Rights and 3D Printing Applications in Response to COVID-19
  • Federica Novello (University of Milan): Arrangements and Measure of Maintenance Allowance Helping by the Artificial Intelligence
  • Hannah Bloch-Wehba (Texas A & M University School of Law): Democratizing Technology

5:15 P.M. Concluding Remarks


Panel I: International Law

Panel II: Human Rights

Panel III: Law And Society

Panel IV: Constitutional Law

Panel V: Environmental Law

Panel VI: Corporate Law

Discussion: Tax Law

Panel VII: Criminal Law

Panel VIII: Law And Technology

Hannah Bloch-Wehba (Texas A & M University School of Law): Democratizing Technology