Call for Papers - Border Myths



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San Diego, California


California Western Law Review and the International Law Journal at California Western School of Law


Abstracts Due: October 30, 2018


The California Western Law Review and International Law Journal seek articles for their Spring 2019 joint symposium issue on “Border Myths.”


When it comes to immigration policies at the United States borders, many myths permeate the national discourse: myths about who is coming to the United States and how they cross; what makes migration legal or illegal; the impact of migrants on the United States and the communities they join; the rights and responsibilities of migrants and the states receiving them; and the legal responsibilities of the United States to migrants and the larger international community.

The symposium will identify the myths, critically look at the historical context and long-term effects, and propose novel approaches to understanding and addressing these issues at the federal, state, and local levels.

Our hope is to elicit a diverse array of articles written by academics, legal practitioners, community activists, and organizational leaders.

Call for Abstracts

The Symposium Committee invites the submission of abstracts on these issues. Accepted manuscripts will be published in the joint symposium issue in either the California Western Law Review or International Law Journal.

Individuals should submit:

(1) A 500-700 word abstract that discusses the proposed symposium topic and outlines the contents of the paper;

- Abstract should include the title of the manuscript, name, and email address of the author; (2) The curriculum vitae of the author; and

(2) The C.V. of the author

(3) A cover letter indicating whether the author is interested in participating as a speaker in the Symposium Conference (see below) and whether the author has a journal preference for publication (Law Review or International Law Journal).

Abstracts are due by October 30, 2018 and should be submitted to with “Border Myths Symposium Issue” in the subject line. The Symposium Committee will notify finalists whether their proposed manuscript has been selected for publication by November 16, 2018.

Manuscript Requirements

Authors who are accepted may submit an essay (between 5,000 and 10,000 words) or an article (between 15,000 and 30,000 words). Our editing staff will be available to assist with textual edits and confirmation of proper Bluebook citations. Manuscripts selected for the symposium issue must meet the following requirements:

- Final manuscript must be submitted by February 4, 2019, in Word format with at least one-

inch margins; - Citations must appear in footnotes and conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

(Twentieth Edition); and - The title page should include the author’s full name, his or her academic/professional affiliations, and complete contact information where correspondence can be made.

Symposium Conference

Authors of abstracts selected for publication in the symposium issue will be invited to participate at a symposium conference to discuss their manuscript on March 9, 2019, at the California Western School of Law campus in San Diego, California. Travel arrangements will be provided for out of town speakers. Honorariums will be paid upon participation in the symposium and receipt of final manuscript.

Important Dates

Abstracts Due: October 30, 2018 Selection Decisions: November 16, 2018 Final Drafts (if selected) Due: February 4, 2019 Symposium Conference: March 9, 2019

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