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Young Scholars Conference

May 6-7, 2024 | UC San Diego

Theme: China’s Social Challenges and Legal Landscape

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The Fudan-UC Center on Contemporary China, together with the 21st Century China Center and the Carter Center, is convening an academic conference on “China’s Social Challenges and Legal Landscape.” The conference will bring together young scholars studying social dynamics in contemporary China and the legal system’s responses. The papers will receive suggestions from more senior scholars in the field during the conference.

We are soliciting papers from young scholars, including faculty and graduate students, based on the theme and quality of their research. Research on social dynamics could include such themes as, but not limited to, gender, inequality/poverty, the environment, and privacy. For this year’s theme, we are interested in original research either on these social dynamics or on national/transnational legal institutions and communities that address challenges arising from these dynamics. We encourage submissions of papers both on the domestic and international aspects of these issues.

The conference will also convene 1-2 panels that will focus on research related to U.S.-China relations, particularly on how domestic laws in the U.S. and China are impacting bilateral relations.

Applicants should attach PDFs of their abstract, brief cover letter, and CV to the form found on this link as described in greater detail on the PDF linked below.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15, 2024. Selected participants will be informed by no later than Feb. 5, and completed papers should be sent to the conference organizers by May 1.

International applicants needing a visa may request review of their submissions earlier so that, if selected, they have sufficient time for visa applications and travel preparations.

Email any questions to Harris Doshay at

Download the Call for Paper (PDF)