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Penn State Law Review issues Call for Papers on Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Penn State Law Review issues Call for Papers on Ashcroft v. Iqbal

The Penn State Law Review has issued a Call for Papers for the symposium titled “Reflections on Iqbal—Discerning Its Rule, Grappling With Its Implications” scheduled for Friday, March 26, 2010, at Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law.

The day-long symposium will address the Supreme Court's decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal and will feature panels on the following topics:
  • Iqbal’s implications for the role of courts and judges in providing society with both the opportunity for redress of harms and a common law-based approach to the development of law;
  • The majority’s reference to purposeful discrimination and what it signals about contemporary understandings of race in America;
  • Iqbal’s implications for constitutional tort litigation, including the decision’s potential impact on supervisory liability, qualified immunity, and the behavior of agency officials operating under adverse conditions.
The Penn State Law Review particularly invites submissions regarding the topics to be covered at the Iqbal symposium and in response to the abstracts that will be posted on Penn Statim. Submissions will be accepted, however, that are grounded in other areas of law relevant to understanding the reasoning in Iqbal (e.g., security, employment, antitrust, etc.), as well as other academic disciplines. Papers should be of essay length and type and should be no longer than 5,000 words, including footnotes. 

Through its online companion, the Penn State Law Review hopes to encourage and host a scholarly online dialogue regarding Iqbal and its implications. After conducting an editorial review process, the Penn Statim will select and begin posting papers on December 17, 2009, with selections and postings to continue on an ongoing basis. More detailed information is available at
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 16, 2010. All submissions should be sent to Submissions must be in English and comply with Bluebook formatting rules. 
More information on the Symposium can be found on the Law School's website. The Call for Papers is available on Penn Statim's website.


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