Law &: An exploration of the past, present, and future of interdisciplinary legal studies

Conference dates

22 May 2024 - 23 May 2024


The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law


The Centre for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies at the University of Hong Kong will host its inaugural “Law &…” conference on interdisciplinary legal research. This event will bring together researchers from around the world to examine, share, celebrate, and critique interdisciplinary approaches to legal studies. The conference will be held at the University of Hong Kong on May 22–23, 2024. It will feature a wide range of speakers, including a keynote presentation by Mark Suchman, Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation. We invite submissions from those interested to attend.

Legal scholarship’s long history of borrowing from the scientific and epistemic approaches of other scholarly disciplines has generated a variety of "Law and…" intersections between it and other scientific areas. These intersections have enriched both the study of law, and the study of complementary fields. The Centre for Interdisciplinary Legal Studies (CILS) has been founded to both study and facilitate these interdisciplinary intersections. We are excited to announce a call for papers for our initial "Law &..." conference, where we will explore the past, present, and future of interdisciplinary legal studies.

We invite contributions to the conference from all varieties of interdisciplinary legal scholars. Participants will be invited to make short contributions to "Law &: The compendium on interdisciplinary legal studies" which will serve as a resource for interested scholars and students.

Contributions can include (but are by no means limited to) topics such as:
• The history of Law and X studies
• Reviews of seminal interdisciplinary legal studies
• Critiques of interdisciplinary approaches to legal scholarship
• Methodological issues
• Emerging opportunities for the study of Law and X
• Professional challenges of interdisciplinary legal studies
• Interdisciplinary legal studies and pedagogy
• Substantive interdisciplinary legal research

Please submit an abstract (of approximately 300 words) to Ms. Grace Chan at by January 15, 2024. The submission should also include your name, position, institutional affiliation and e-mail address.

Selected applicants will be contacted with invitation details by January 31, 2024. Financial support is available for scholars who experience difficulty obtaining sufficient travel funding.

All conference enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Grace Chan at the above e-mail address or at (+852) 3917-4727.