Symposium Announcement and Call for Papers

Comparative and Cross-Border Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is pleased to announce the 2017 Law Review Symposium on Comparative and Cross-Border Issues in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law. The symposium will be held at Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago from November 29 to November 30, 2017.  In conjunction with Professor Adrian Walters of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Professor Christoph Henkel of the Mississippi College School of Law, the members of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Law Review are organizing the symposium.

The purpose of the conference is twofold: (1) developing and promoting legal scholarship on global and domestic bankruptcy and insolvency law topics in the United States; and (2) starting a new dialogue on these topics between academics, the practicing bar, and the bankruptcy bench.

The focus of the symposium is on comparative and cross-border issues in bankruptcy and insolvency law in its broadest sense. This includes both consumer and corporate bankruptcy and insolvency topics.  The following topics and themes will be included in the program:

  • Current issues of bankruptcy and insolvency law in a global context
  • Harmonizing cross-border bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring law
  • Topics related to the UNCITRAL Working Group V, including corporate restructuring and cross-border recognition of bankruptcy and insolvency-related judgments
  • Personal and consumer bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Importance of efficient and predictable insolvency regimes for economic growth
  • Treatment of small- and medium-sized enterprises in bankruptcy
  • Islamic finance and insolvency
  • Importance and use of technology in the insolvency and bankruptcy profession in the U.S. and abroad
  • Hot topics
  • Works-in-progress

The list of the above listed topics is not exclusive. Any paper submitted with a comparative or cross-border component will be considered for presentation.

Submission Instructions

Academics of all levels, fellows, and graduate students are eligible to submit paper proposals.

To submit an entry, interested participants should email an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than January 31, 2017, to Matt Hamielec:

Abstracts should reflect original research and thought. Submitted papers may not be published, but may have been accepted for publication at the time of the conference. Abstracts must include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Graduate students must identify themselves as such. When submitting co-authored papers, both authors must be listed on the abstract.


Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submissions and proposals by no later than March 31, 2017.   Papers based on accepted abstracts will be considered for publication in a 2018 symposium issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review if submitted by January 5, 2018 (word limit: 15,000 words with footnotes). There is no cost to register for the conference, but participants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel, lodging, and other incidental expenses.  A limited number of travel stipends may be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need.  If you would like to be considered for a travel stipend, please make that request in your submission.