Fifth Annual International & Comparative Urban Law Conference
Call for Conference Participants

June 21st & 22nd, 2018, Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Fordham Urban Law Center, in partnership with the Mackenzie Presbyterian University (MBU), is pleased to announce a call for participation in the Fifth Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference.

The Conference will be held on Thursday June 21st and Friday July 22nd, 2018 at MBU in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Since 2014, the Conference has welcomed leading scholars from a range of urban law perspectives to present their research. Now in its fifth year, the Conference will build on this tradition, again providing a dynamic forum for legal scholars from around the globe to engage diverse international, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the intersection of cities and law.

TOPICS: The Conference will address urban law topics in areas such as:
- The structure and functions of local authority and autonomy
- Urban and metropolitan governance, finance, and urban political economy
- Economic and community development
- Housing and the built environment
- Challenges facing cities in developing nations and the Global South
- Migration and citizenship
- Urban equity, inclusion, and urban public health
- Sustainability, climate change, and resilience

The Conference seeks to facilitate engagement across sub-specialties within the legal academy and across legal systems internationally to help deepen our understanding of urban law in the twenty-first century.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Please submit a proposal (maximum 500 words) to Fordham Urban Law Center, at Please put "[name of proposed paper]" in the subject line of your email. If you have a draft paper, please include it with your proposal. Participants do not need to have prepared a formal paper in order to join the program. The Center is also pleased to be able to award partial travel grants for this Conference, although funds are limited. Please indicate the extent of your funding needs.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 19, 2018, although earlier submissions are encouraged.

PUBLICATION: The Urban Law Center has developed a book series compiling cross-cutting global perspectives on law and urbanism, with a core focus on comparative enquiry. The first volume in the series, Law Between Buildings: Emergent Global Perspectives in Urban Law, was released last fall and we are currently preparing volume two. If you are interested in potential publication, please indicate this interest at the time of your proposal submission.

ABOUT THE URBAN LAW CENTER: The Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School is committed to investigating the role of the law and legal systems in contemporary urbanism through scholarship, pedagogy, programming, and applied research partnerships. Please visit for more details about the Center.

ABOUT MBU: Founded in 1870, Mackenzie Presbyterian University is one of the oldest universities in Brazil. As one of the premier institutions in one of the most dynamic cities in the world, MBU continues to build on a century of excellence by building upon its tradition of pioneering innovative pedagogical and social practices. Please visit for more details about MBU.

Posted: 26 Oct 2017