Call For Papers George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Law & Economics Center: Research Roundtable on The Law & Economics of Tribal Sovereignty



Event Date: 

05/18/22 to 05/22/22

Location name: 

Omni Amelia Island


Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Call For Papers
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School Law & Economics Center: Research Roundtable on The Law & Economics of Tribal Sovereignty

18 May 2022 - 22 May 2022, Amelia Island, FL

The Tribal Law & Economics Program, a division of the Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School, invites applications for a Spring 2022 Research Roundtable on “The Law & Economics of Tribal Sovereignty” to be held at The Omni Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida, on Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22, 2022.

TOPICS: We seek authors to develop, write, and present original research papers that focus on the importance and fundamental features of tribal sovereignty and particularly how tribes can compete with states in the federal system. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following as they relate to tribal affairs:
- Dual taxation
- Tax incentive programs
- Consumer finance
- Insurance regulation and chartering of insurance companies
- Business regulation and licensing
- Land use regulation
- Property rights
- Free enterprise zones
- Natural resource management
- E-commerce
- Tribal court jurisdiction
- Territorial Jurisdiction
- Personal Jurisdiction
- Choice of Law
- Full Faith and Credit
- Preemption
- Alternative dispute resolution
- Intertribal trade
- Corporate charters
- Tribal trust relationship

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Total honorarium payments of $12,000 per paper will be available to those who fulfill all the obligations of the program, which are described in detail below:

1. Submission of Research Proposal – Submission Deadline of December 10, 2021:

- Proposals should include a brief abstract of the proposed paper, which includes the statement of the issue to be addressed and how the proposed analysis is novel and contributes to the relevant academic literature and policy debates. Any papers that plan to include empirical project analysis should include a plan for obtaining suitable data and proposed methodology. Proposals should be no longer than three pages. Please include your CV. Successful applicants will be notified by December 20, 2021.

2. Completion of First Draft (suitable for limited distribution to Research Roundtable participants) is due by Monday, April 25, 2022. Research Roundtable drafts should represent substantial work beyond the proposal, and suitable for presentation at a faculty workshop.

3. Research Roundtable, Amelia Island, Florida (Wednesday, May 18 – Sunday, May 22, 2022):

- Selected authors will present well-developed drafts of their papers at a private Research Roundtable, which will be held at Omni Amelia Island Resort, in Amelia Island, Florida. This Research Roundtable is designed to provide authors with constructive feedback from expert academics and practitioners in the field.

- The Research Roundtable will have 10 authors. All authors are expected to participate in the vetting of other papers. An additional 10 scholars will participate as commentators (every paper will have two primary commentators and each commentator will be assigned as primary commentator for 2 papers). The Research Roundtable is spread over 3.5 days to allow for informal interaction outside of sessions. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.

- Authors chosen to present will be provided a first installment honorarium of $4,000 after presenting their work at the March roundtable, from which we expect participants to cover their own travel and incidental expenses. The LEC will arrange for and cover the cost of lodging.

4. Completion of Final Draft, Posting on SSRN, Submission to an Academic Journal, and Creation of an LEC Explainer Video Podcast:

- Authors are expected to revise their paper based on feedback from the Research Roundtable and post it on SSRN by June 30, 2022. The final honorarium payment of $8,000 shall be made upon timely posting the paper to SSRN.

- Authors must also seek publication in a suitable academic journal by August 31, 2022. As appropriate and in consultation with the authors, papers may be marketed by the LEC as a collection for a book or a law review symposium. The LEC will also host these drafts as part of the Antonin Scalia Law School Law & Economics Research Papers Series.

- In addition, authors will record a brief (10 minutes) video explaining their work, which will also be hosted on the LEC website (

- In addition to the paper honorarium, incentive payments will be available to authors for writing op-eds, blog posts, and other materials that promote and expand the reach of their research.

In addition to providing honoraria, the LEC will provide lodging and meals at all events. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation arrangements and expenses. To submit a proposal for the Research Roundtable, please visit our website at

LEC'S MISSION: The LEC’s mission is to serve as a nexus for education and academic research that focuses on the timely and relevant economic analysis of legal and public policy issues. The LEC is committed to developing and assisting the development of original, high-quality law and economics research and educational programs to further enhance economic understanding and impact policy solutions by providing a consistent and rational voice that enhances relevant policy discussions.

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INQUIRIES: Questions should be directed to:

Adam Crepelle
Assistant Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University
Director, Tribal Law & Economics Program at the Law & Economics Center
(985) 255-9093

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