Thirteenth Amendment and Economic Justice Symposium

When: March 2 - 3, 2018


William S. Boyd School of Law

Scholars have recently applied the Thirteenth Amendment to a number of contemporary problems ranging from minimum labor standards to mass incarceration. This Conference aims to gather scholars of the Thirteenth Amendment from law schools and academic departments throughout the United States and beyond. This conference focuses specifically on the ways that the Thirteenth Amendment can be used now in legislation, litigation and discussions aimed at reducing economic injustice in the United States.

We also welcome analysis that interrogates the interactions between economic justice and other forms of subordination such as race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion and immigration status. This conference will be the inaugural event of the Thirteenth Amendment Project, an interdisciplinary association of scholars of labor, class, race, caste and poverty at law schools and universities throughout the United States and the wider world.

Information about registration and hotel costs will be provided in November. Please e-mail us with any other questions at

Call for Papers Announcement

Call for Papers Announcement

We are seeking publication opportunities in a variety of outlets for papers presented at the conference. We extend a special invitation to scholars new to the field (including junior faculty and senior scholars) to submit proposals for works in progress. Senior scholars who have written extensively in this field will provide feedback and detailed commentary for planned publication.

To submit a paper to be considered for presentation at the Conference, please submit an abstract of less than 300 words using the form below. Submission deadline is Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. The conference organizing committee will notify applicants of its decisions by November 15, 2017. A preliminary program will be posted on December 1, 2017. Completed papers will be due by February 1, 2018. The conference will take place Friday, March 2 and Saturday March 3, 2018 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law.