• Forthcoming events


for the  Third Conference on Law and Macroeconomics

The economic devastation caused by Covid-19 triggered a slew of new research on law’s role in mediating the business cycle, economic growth, and inequality.

We welcome submissions for an online conference on October 15, 2020 that will continue to explore connections between law and the macroeconomy.

Papers may address the role of law, regulation, and institutions in:

– Monetary policy, both conventional and unconventional, and the payments system, including the impact of new platforms and technologies;

– Financial regulatory policy, including the effect on the business cycle and economic growth, crisis containment and resolution, access to capital and other aspects of financial inclusion;

– Fiscal policy to reduce the depth and frequency, and mitigate the effects of economic downturns, including the respective roles of federal, state, and local governments;

– Moderating recessions with other policy levers, including bankruptcy, contract, and property law, environmental, utility, and labor regulation, and investment and capital controls; and

– Reducing inequality, including policies affecting labor and employment relationships, competition, access to housing, healthcare, and other public services, and personal, corporate and public debt relief.

We hope to attract submissions from both legal scholars writing about macro-relevant topics and economists writing on subjects that would benefit from legal perspectives.

Submissions from students and others not in tenure- track positions are especially welcomed– there will be a special panel for such scholarship.

We also encourage submissions from all perspectives and areas of law that may help illuminate the intersection between law and macroeconomics and inform action to mitigate the pain and uncertainty caused by the economic downturn.

Over lunch, Greg Kaplan, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and Claudia Sahm, Director of Macroeconomic Policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, will provide a non-technical overview of recent developments in macroeconomics that a legal audience should know. In a featured panel, Helene Rey, Lord Bagri Professor of Economics at London Business School, will present her research on carbon pricing and climate change; legal scholars with expertise in different aspects of the topic, such as international trade law and international tax law, will offer comments.

The deadline for submissions is September 8th. To register for the conference and/or submit a paper, visit

 2020 Annual Conference – a Virtual Conference 

2020 annual conference will be held as a virtual conference, on or around December 12, 2020. Our colleagues at Multimedia University, Malaysia (in particular, Professor Dennis Khong) will be hosting the conference. Call for Paper will soon be circulated.

Separately, Ocean University of China, in Qingdao, China, will host the annual conference in 2021. Ocean University of China was originally determined to host the 2020 conference but, in consideration of the circumstances owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, its role was postponed to 2021. Dates of the conference will later be determined and announced.


 Asian Journal of Law and Economics


Special Issue

Coping with COVID-19:

Legal, Economic, and Policy Perspectives

DEADLINE: October 15, 2020

Asian Journal of Law and Economics (AJLE) invites submissions for an upcoming special issue “Coping with COVID-19: Legal, Economic, and Policy Perspectives.” Accepted papers will be published in the December 2020 issue.

Topics that AJLE would consider include the following:

– How to improve legal, economic and regulatory systems to prevent and control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 more effectively;

– How to address legal and economic problems involving the use of digital tools for contact tracing, quarantine monitoring, transmission mapping, computational modeling, and other public health activities;

– How to deal with privacy, liberty, ethics, and other human rights challenges when tracing contacts, releasing patients’ demographic information, implementing social distancing, mounting aggressive measures such as lockdown or roadblock, or engaging in other public health activities;

– How to allocate vaccines, personal protective equipment, and other medical resources, internationally and domestically;

– How to deal with trade-offs among various legal, economic, public health, and ethical values;

– How to incorporate fairness considerations in dealing with COVID-19;

– How to (re)structure public health systems in order to deal with COVID-19;

– How to address disparities in testing, treatment, and fatality for populations at risk; and

– How to address the digital divide (the disparity of access to information devices necessary for distance learning, telework, and e-commerce).

For more details, please refer to the Call for Papers, in the pdf format.


2020 AsLEA Conference Postponed!

Due to concerns in relation to the ongoing global spread of Covid-19, the AsLEA board has decided to postpone the AsLEA Conference 2020 originally scheduled to be held on June 19 and 20 in Qingdao, China. The board and the host institution will, at a later and practicable time, decide upon and announce a new date for the conference.
We appreciate your continued interest in participating in the conference. Please kindly note that the previously announced submission deadlines are no longer in effect. During the period before new deadlines are announced together with the new conference dates, the organizers will continue to welcome and receive submissions of absracts and drafts sent to the conference email address at

It is our great pleasure to announce that the 16th AsLEA Conference will be held on June 19 and 20, 2020 in Qingdao, China and hosted by Ocean University of China Law School. You are invited to submit your work for presentation at the conference on topics in any areas of Law and Economics, in particular those that are relevant to Asia today.
Both theoretical and empirical research are welcome. Please kindly find in the attached Call for Papers further information about the conference and the submission requirements.
Please note that the submission deadline for abstracts and/or draft papers is April 1, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors by April 15, 2020. Submission deadline for final drafts for circulation among conference participants is May 20, 2020. Further logistics information will be announced by the organizer in the coming months.