Call for Abstracts & Papers

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The George Washington Law Review is pleased to invite participants of the Baby Markets Roundtable to submit articles for publication in Arguendo, our online supplement. Arguendo publishes original articles and essays directly to the web, allowing authors to contribute to scholarly discourse sooner than with traditional print scholarship.

In general, pieces should be no longer than about 12,000 words. Please submit manuscripts to by August 15, 2019. We will accept submissions after this deadline if space permits. Please contact with any questions. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The Baby Markets Roundtable Conveners welcome the submission of abstracts and papers for the 2019 meeting to be held June 2-3, 2019, at George Washington University Law School.

The Baby Markets Roundtable welcome you to submit an abstract for our 2018 meeting. Abstracts may engage any of the selected Roundtable themes listed below. Roundtable organizers will also consider abstracts that engage vibrant, cutting edge ideas in family law, international law, human rights, and rights of the child

All abstracts must be submitted by February 15, 2019. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

Submissions will be vetted by the Organizing Committee.

Authors may be invited to submit a paper for publication in the 2nd Edition Baby Markets Reader, published by Cambridge University Press. If you are interested in submitting a full manuscript length paper (20-25 pages/5,000-6,000 words) for publication consideration, please mark the designated box on the abstract submission form. For more information about the first edition of Baby Markets, click here.

For those who would like to submit manuscripts for publication, final papers will be due April 15, 2019.

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Roundtable Themes

Adoption Native American Adoption
Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Personhood Legislation
Child Trafficking Posthumous Reproduction
Children’s Rights Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
Constitutional Right to Procreate and Parent Private and Corporate Interests in Ova
Contractual Relationships Ova Surrogacy
Economics of Family-Making Religion and ART
Embryo Adoption Right to Parent
Federalism Tensions Same-Sex Adoption
Foster Care Same-Sex ART
Genetic and Trait Selection of Embryos and Fetuses Sperm and Ova Selling
Gestational Surrogacy Selective Reduction
Government Regulation State Regulation
Human Slavery Transnational Issues
In Vitro Fertilization Welfare Reform
International Surrogacy Womb Renting
Nanny State Wrongful Birth/Wrongful Life

Formal Invitations

Participants requiring formal invitations to help secure travel documents and/or funding should contact the Roundtable organizers directly.

Contact Information

Roundtable Chair:

Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
University of California, Irvine School of Law
401 E. Peltason Drive, Suite 1000, Irvine, CA 92697-8000 

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