Call #8: Phanor J. Eder J.D. Prize in Comparative Law and Conference


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 LawChristina 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


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