CfP: Contemporary Issues and Challenges Related to Fundamental Rights Protection

From March 31 - April 1, 2019, an IACL roundtable on “A Passion for Civil Liberties: Building on the Legacy of Norman Dorsen” will be held at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York City.

Conference subject-matter

This roundtable is meant to honor Norman Dorsen (1930-2017) who was the president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (1976-1991) and the Frederick I. and Grace A. Stokes Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program at the New York University School of Law, where he specialized in Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, and Comparative Constitutional Law. By concentrating on subjects at the core of Norman Dorsen’s legacy, the Roundtable will be comprised of three panels. The first of these will be a panel of judges from Supreme or Constitutional Courts from different jurisdictions that will concentrate on an agreed upon subject of particular current interest relating to civil liberties, and that will be conducted in a question and answer format with the moderator posing questions and facilitating the conversation among the participating judges.

Preferential topics to be addressed

Within the frame of the conference subject-matter, we particularly welcome proposals addressing “Contemporary Issues and Challenges Relating to Fundamental Rights Protection”.


The conveners encourage submissions from both PhD candidates and young scholars (post-docs; research fellows, assistant professors…) at the early stage of their academic careers. Applications from scholars of any area of constitutional law are welcome.

To Submit an abstract

Interested scholars are invited to submit a CV and an abstract no longer than 500 words by December 3, 2018 to and (please use “CfP: Contemporary Issues and Challenges Relating to Fundamental Rights Protection” as the subject line of your e-mail). Applicants will be notified by December 21, 2018. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in the IACL’s blog.

Costs, registration, travels and lodging

There is no cost to participate in the conference. The convener will provide one lunch meal to paper presenters. Paper presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Venue and time of the presentation

Scholars whose papers are selected for presentation in the conference shall be informed in a timely manner about the room and the time at which their presentation shall take place.