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Call for Abstracts

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

The Project on Autocratic Legalism (PAL) is a multi-component scholarly initiative that looks at how political leaders use law to undermine democracy and how law can be enlisted to resist these moves, both nationally and transnationally. PAL currently involves over 50 researchers conducting studies on Brazil, India, South Africa, the United States, and Hungary, as well as on transnational efforts to combat authoritarianism. PAL was selected as an NSF-funded LSA International Research Collaborative for the Global Meeting on Law and Society in Lisbon and, in 2020, it was selected as LSA’s inaugural Global Collaboration Project, in recognition of its ability to bring together scholars from across the world to address issues of global significance.

We are inviting scholars whose work may contribute to our project to submit abstracts for chapters to be organized in one or more edited volumes. Submissions of abstracts is due by October 30, 2022 through this electronic form: Proposals should take a deep look at one or more countries, considering one or more of the core questions and suggested thematic domains below. If selected, the final outputs should run to 6,000–8,000 words including references, and a complete draft is expected by May 2023. For more details on our call, please click here.


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