Chapman Law Review Symposium 2018 Call for Submissions

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Chapman Law Review Symposium 2018: Special Jurisdictions Within and Outside the United States

Countries across the world have sought to encourage growth by creating Special Economic Zones (SEZs) that operate under different rules from the surrounding area.  In the United States, these take the form of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs)--secure areas located in or near its ports of entry, such as harbors or airports, but outside of its customs or duties territory, legally speaking.  Despite the growing popularity of such zones, however, and their unusual features, they have largely escaped the attention of legal scholars.

How do SEZs fit within conventional models of state authority?  Does the extra-territorial status of U.S. FTZs, and their special tax statute, raise constitutional issues?  Should the United States reconsider the growing popularity of FTZs or leverage their success to create new and even more comprehensive special jurisdictions?

The Chapman Law Review will explore these and other related questions at our next symposium on January 26, 2018, to be held at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law in Orange, California. We invite interested scholars and practitioners to submit abstracts for articles to present at the symposium on the topic of the special jurisdictions within and outside of the United States, Foreign Trade Zones, the impact on domestic and international trade, and legal implications of these zones.

Submission Information

We are looking for papers between 10,000 and 15,000 words.  If you would like to apply to participate in the Symposium, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words at your earliest convenience.  The deadline for the completed paper will likely be in November 2017.  Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Chapman Law Review in sometime in June 2018, and the authors will participate in the 2018 Chapman Law Review Symposium on Friday, January 26, 2018. If you have questions about the Symposium, please contact Cindy Park, Senior Symposium Editor, at

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