Call for Papers: Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference



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Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy

Call for Papers


Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference

Friday, September 7, 2018
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 


Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original research submissions for the annual Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference to be held on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The conference is designed to provide an intellectual venue for life science professors, scholars, and practitioners to convene and discuss current research and scholarship.  The phrase “life science law” intends to capture diverse disciplines that involve significant issues of life science research and development, spanning food and drug law, health law, intellectual property (IP) law, biotechnology law, environmental law, administrative law, and antitrust law.  Our goal is to foster recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study and strengthen connections among national life science law scholars.

Loyola is currently soliciting 750-1,000 word abstracts reflecting early or mid-stage ideas for the purpose of workshopping with other conference scholars.  Modeled after successful events for law professors and scholars in other areas, we will organize scholars in topical panels of three to five authors with approximately 15 minutes allotted to each abstract presentation, followed by 15 minutes of intensive discussion with scholar attendees.  Author abstracts will be distributed one week prior to the conference to scholar participants; authors may also submit draft articles for distribution.  Scholars are expected to review materials of fellow panel members.

Submission and Review Timeline
The deadline for 750-1,000 word abstracts, including author contact information is May 15.   
Submit via email to with subject line Wiet Life Science Law. Scholars will be notified of speaker selections by email on or before June 15.

The Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences is also pleased to announce that publication and $500 honorariums are available to three selected scholars who submit full-length manuscripts for publication consideration by September 30.  Honorarium is contingent on timely publication with Annals.

This conference has been generously funded by Loyola University Chicago law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65) and his family.  Admission to the conference, a one-night stay at a local Chicago hotel, conference day meals, and conference receptions on Thursday night and Friday late afternoon, are free.  In the case that funding is not covered by home institutions, scholars may apply for travel funding as part of their abstract submission by including a statement of travel interest and reasons.  Additional hotel funds may also be available for those traveling significant distances; please also submit an interest statement and reasons for additional night hotel.  Funds are limited and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Professors Jordan Paradise or Cynthia Ho with questions about conference scope, abstract submissions, and the honorarium and publication opportunity.  For logistical questions, please contact Janet Howe at

About the Beazley Institute 
Established in 1984, Loyola’s Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy has evolved into a nationally recognized center dedicated to the education of health and life science law leaders and policymakers, and to the study and furtherance of the field.  The Institute publishes two journals and offers more than thirty health law, life science law, and compliance courses.  The Beazley Institute is a leader in online legal education, with more than 300 students annually taking courses through its Center for Online Studies.  With the offering of the Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference, the expansion of Loyola’s life science curriculum, and dedicated externship opportunities for students, the Beazley Institute looks forward to collaborating with our scholar colleagues to support the burgeoning discipline of life science law.

About the Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences
The Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy has recently expanded the focus of its flagship health policy and law journal; starting in Fall 2018, it will be named the Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences.  The long-standing journal Annals of Health Law has traditionally contained articles of general interest in health law, which are deemed by the editors to make a contribution to the teaching, practice, and/or public policy surrounding health law. Past volumes have focused on corporate, regulatory, bioethical, and pharmaceutical issues, as well as patient rights and advocacy.  The new title reflects a recognition of life sciences as a significant legal field with close ties to health law.  The format of Annals is exclusively online, allowing for more timely publication of articles, a substantially wider audience, and many interactive features. Scholar submissions are welcome.

Note: The Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy also hosts an annual symposium on topics of health law and policy each Fall.  Scholars are welcome to submit to both this Wiet Call for Papers and the Beazley symposium Call for Papers.

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