Call for Papers: Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network of Law and Society Association



Event Date: 

07/13/22 to 07/16/22

Location name: 

Lisbon, Portugal and Virtual


Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network

Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research Network

Global Meeting on Law and Society

Lisbon, Portugal (& Virtual), July 13-16, 2022


Call for Participation – Deadline for Trusts & Estates CRN Proposals November 10, 2021 11:59 PM ET (USA)

Submission Link: here

The Trusts & Estates Collaborative Research invites proposals for (i) individual papers to be organized into panels; (ii) fully-formed panel proposals; and (iii) proposals for other sessions such as Author Meets Reader, Salon, or Roundtable discussions that explore any aspect of the law, practice or effects of trusts, equity, and estates, broadly defined. We also seek volunteers to serve as Chairs and/or Discussants for paper panels.

The CRN welcomes work that bears in any way on succession (inheritance), equity, or wealth transfers more generally. Subjects of inquiry may involve any aspect of government or social policy with respect to trusts, estates, inheritance, wealth transfer, equity or courts with jurisdiction over these issues.

If you would like to present an individual paper as part of a Trusts and Estates CRN panel, submit an idea for a fully-formed panel, or propose an Author Meets Reader, Salon or Roundtable session, please submit your proposal by November 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern (USA) via the LSA submission page here:

When you submit your proposal, please indicate that it is for CRN #56 Trusts and Estates.

If you would like to volunteer as a chair or discussant, please email Bridget Crawford (bcrawford [at]

For papers that are not already organized into panels, the CRN will organize submitted papers into panels with cohesive themes.

You are welcome to link your paper in some way to the 2021 conference theme, “Rage, Reckoning, & Remedy,” but there is no requirement to do so.

Please note that LSA rules limit you to one conference participation as a Paper Presenter, Roundtable Participant, Author.  There are no caps on appearances as Chair and/or Discussant on a panel, or an AMR reader.

Please also note that the format for the conference is hybrid, meaning some panels will be entirely online and some panels will be entirely in-person, but no “mixed” hybrid/live panels are permitted. Please indicate with your submission whether you plan to attend the conference in person or virtually only. For more information about this year’s format, please see LSA’s FAQ page here:


Participants are encouraged to apply multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches in their scholarship. Possible areas of inquiry might include issues related to transfer of wealth between spouses or family members; preferences created for certain types of transfers or transfers to particular classes of individuals; the transfer of wealth to charities or non-profit organizations; generational equity; issues of social and economic inequality; comparative aspects of the law of succession and the law of trusts more broadly; the relationship between/among gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, immigration, language status, disability and the law of succession and the law of trusts; the socio-linguistics of testation and wealth transfer; access to estate planning justice for low- and middle-income individuals; questions of cultural or group inheritance rights; and similar issues.

Our goal is to stimulate focused discussion of papers on which scholars are currently working and to discuss topics of current and common interest to those working in the fields of Trusts & Estates and Equity, broadly defined, both in the United States and internationally.  We welcome participation from scholars of any level of seniority working in any discipline, language, or country.  Although you may submit an individual proposal to present a paper that is closer to publication, we are especially interested in receiving proposals for works-in-progress that will benefit from discussion that the panels will provide.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact CRN chair Bridget Crawford (bcrawford [at] or Allison Anna Tait (atait [at] or Carla Spivack (cspivack [at]

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