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2019 Appeal Workshop:

Call for Participation

APPEAL 5th Annual Workshop

Policy Options for the 21st Century

June 2-4, 2019

University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law

            This workshop aims to build on the resurging interest in reorienting law and economic  policy toward human and environmental well-being.  As we face crises in the economy, democracy, and the planet, many have responded with new energy and ideas for transformative change. How should we re-evaluate the fundamental assumptions, strategies, and frameworks governing public policy?   When does reasonable reform require going beyond piecemeal fixes, fine-tuning, or gradualism?  What are the possibilities and obstacles to pursuing economic policies aimed at ambitious transformation?  What common principles and methods might guide policy choices across diverse institutions and issue areas? 


            To discuss these questions and more, we invite proposals for presentations or panels at the 2019 annual workshop of the Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL).  The workshop format will include panels featuring individual papers (circulated in advance), roundtables, and more informal breakout sessions on specific topics.  Panels will be formed both from this open call and by invitation. We welcome participation from multiple academic disciplines and from policy makers and advocates, from emerging scholars as well as from those further along in their careers. 


            Topic suggestions (others welcome) include:  climate; health; labor; corporate governance; financial reform, democratic institutions; student debt and consumer debt; political corruption; white collar crime; infrastructure; care work; international trade and development; violence and economy; criminalization of poverty; access to justice; antitrust, law and political economy foundations and method; and the role of attorneys and economists in shaping and specifying the content of bold policy proposals like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and a Jobs Guarantee. 



            Travel:  Participants should plan to cover their own travel costs. The workshop will follow the conclusion of the Law and Society Association (LSA) meeting in Washington D.C., 30 minutes away by train. We can provide a limited number of travel support grants for students and low-income participants without institutional support.

           Hotel: APPEAL will cover two nights at the conference hotel, Lord Baltimore, for those presenting at the workshop (we may be able to cover an additional night if needed for long distance travel). Additional rooms can also be reserved at the workshop rate of $139 a night.


            Registration Fee: $60, which will include workshop meals (two dinners, lunches, breakfasts and refreshments) The registration fee also includes a 2019 voting membership in APPEAL, for those who sign up or renew as members on our website, .  We will provide fee waivers for a limited number of students and other low-income participants upon request.


To Submit a Paper or Panel Proposal


            Proposals should be emailed to by March 20, 2019, with the following details:


  • Individual paper proposals should include a title, short abstract, along with your name, contact information a short speaker bio (3 sentences maximum). Individual papers will be grouped by the conference organizers into panels, and papers (or working drafts ) will be circulated in advance with brief panel presentation times to allow for discussion.


  • Panel proposals should include a proposed session title, a short description of the proposed topic, and a list of confirmed panelists, along with contact information and a short (1-3 sentences) bio or the panel organizer and each panelist. Please also indicate the suggested format of the session – e.g., traditional panel, roundtable, etc. 


Participants will be notified by April 1, 2019.


  If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the APPEAL Board at


            We hope to see you in June! 


            APPEAL Board of Directors


            Frank Pasquale, Workshop Host (University of Maryland)

            John Haskell (University of Manchester)      

            Kristin Johnson (Tulane University)

            Martha McCluskey (University at Buffalo)

            Jamee Moudud (Sarah Lawrence)

            Jennifer Taub (Vermont Law School)

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