Call for Papers

UPDATE: Given the current situation, we have extended the abstract submission deadline to June 1, 2020.

We hope all are well, and look forward to metting under calmer circumstances.


The Inaugural Criminal Theory Conference will be held Dec. 6-7, 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The Conference seeks to bring together, in an annual forum, researchers working on theory of criminal law, criminal procedure, and criminal punishment, and the philosophical questions that underlie these areas of inquiry. The Conference seeks to advance research in the field and foster interaction and collaboration between the growing number of researchers working on these and related questions. This year’s invited speakers will be Tatjana Hörnle (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Gideon Yaffe (Yale Law School).

The Conference will be a pre-read workshop, with ten to twelve short papers discussed over the course of two days. Each one-hour session will begin with comments from a commentator. The author will then offer a brief reply, before opening the general discussion.

We invite researchers working in the field to submit an abstract for consideration or/and to indicate their interest in acting as commentators. Registration will be open once the conference program has been set.

To submit an abstract for consideration please submit an anonymized abstract of not more than 500 words by June 1, 2020. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 30, 2020. Authors whose submissions are selected will be invited to submit short papers (up to 6,000) words by Nov. 6, 2020. 

To participate as a commentator please indicate your interest on the form. The Conference is open to anyone in interested in attending, space permitting.

In order to facilitate participation, there will be no registration fees, but participants will have to cover their own expenses for travel and lodging. Limited funds may be available to those who cannot secure funding through their own institutions.


The Organizing Committee:

  • Vincent Chiao, University of Toronto
  • Leora Dahan Katz, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Antony Duff, University of Stirling
  • Tatjana Hörnle, Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Gabe Mendlow, University of Michigan


The conference is hosted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the generous support of:

The Barak Center