George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Law & Economics Center Call for Papers: Research Roundtable on Industry Self-Regulation

Conference dates

05 Jun 2022 - 07 Jun 2022


Arlington, VA


The Henry G. Manne Program in Law & Economics Studies, a division of the Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, invites applications for a Research Roundtable on “Industry Self-Regulation” to be held at Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

The Roundtable is designed to encourage the development of new academic research that will form the foundation for enhanced analysis of the legal and economic issues involved in assessing self-regulation today, including models for self-regulation and empirical and other rigorous analysis of their effectiveness at achieving the ends of beneficially guiding and monitoring conduct and at harnessing the power of self-regulation to promote business accountability. Proposals for new industry self-regulation initiatives are also welcome as part of your paper. Proposals should identify how the research fits within the scope of and affects our understanding of industry self-regulation and should specifically identify how they will make a unique and current contribution to the literature in this field.

Total honorarium payments of $12,000 per paper will be available to those who fulfill all the obligations of the program, which are described in detail below:

1. Submission of Research Proposal – Submission Deadline of March 25, 2022:

• Proposals should include a brief abstract of the proposed paper, which includes the statement the issue to be addressed and how the proposed analysis is novel and contributes to the relevant academic literature and policy debates. Any papers that plan to include empirical project analysis should include a plan for obtaining suitable data, proposed methodology. In addition, the proposal should address the feasibility for completion of all aspects of the research and writing by September 30, 2022. Proposals should be no longer than three pages. Successful applicants will be notified by April 4, 2022.

2. Completion of First Draft (suitable for limited distribution to Research Roundtable participants) is due by May 20, 2022. Research Roundtable drafts should represent substantial work beyond the proposal, and suitable for presentation at a faculty workshop.

3. Research Roundtable, Arlington, Virginia (Sunday, June 5 – Tuesday, June 7, 2022):

• Selected authors will present well-developed first drafts of their papers at a private Research Roundtable, which will be held at Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia. This Research Roundtable is designed to provide authors with constructive feedback from expert academics and practitioners in the field.

• The Research Roundtable will have 5-7 authors. All authors are expected to participate in the vetting of other papers. An additional 5-7 scholars will participate as commentators (every paper will have two primary commentators and each commentator will be assigned as primary commentator for 2 papers). The Research Roundtable is spread over 2 days to allow for informal interaction outside of sessions. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

• Authors chosen to present will be provided an honorarium of $4,000 per paper after presenting their work at the June roundtable, from which we expect participants to cover their own travel and incidental expenses. The LEC will arrange for and cover the cost of lodging.

4. Completion of Final Draft, Posting on SSRN, Submission to an Academic Journal, and Creation of an LEC Explainer Video Podcast (September 30, 2022):

• Authors are expected to revise their paper based on feedback from the Research Roundtable, and to seek publication in a suitable academic journal before March 1, 2023. As appropriate and in consultation with the authors, papers may be marketed as a collection for a book or a law review symposium. The LEC will also host these drafts as part of the Law & Economics Center at George Mason University Scalia Law School Research Papers Series. In addition, authors will record a brief (10 minutes) video explaining their work, which will also be hosted on the LEC website ( Upon completion of these requirements, author(s) will receive a final honorarium of $8,000 per paper.

• In addition to the paper honorarium, incentive payments may be available to authors for writing op-eds, blog posts, and other materials that promote and expand the reach of their research.

In addition to providing honoraria, the LEC will provide lodging and meals at all events.
Participants will be responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses. To submit a proposal for the Roundtable, please visit our website at

The LEC’s mission is to serve as a nexus for education and academic research that focuses on the timely and relevant economic analysis of legal and public policy issues. The LEC is committed to developing and assisting the development of original, high-quality law and economics research and educational programs to further enhance economic understanding and impact policy solutions by providing a consistent and rational voice that enhances relevant policy discussions.

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