Notice & Comment

Duke Law Journal’s Call for Papers: The Future of Chevron Deference

About a month ago Kristin Hickman tweeted the following:

The promised call for papers is now live. The good folks at the Duke Law Journal are owed many thanks for organizing and hosting. It should be a lot of fun.

Duke Law Journal’s Annual Administrative Law Symposium

Call for Papers

The Duke Law Journal invites papers for its Annual Administrative Law Symposium, to be held in February 2021, at Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. 

The Duke Law Journal’s Administrative Law Symposium has been a premier scholarly event for over four decades.  Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, and Judge Patricia Wald have participated in participated in the past, as have numerous prominent professors and professionals.  The goal is to address important issues in the field of administrative law. 

The topic for the 2021 Symposium is The Future of Chevron Deference

Many federal judges, including Supreme Court justices, have expressed concerns about Chevron deference in recent years.  Last year, in Kisor v. Wilkie, Chief Justice Roberts seemed expressly to invite litigation over the future of Chevron.  Even if the Supreme Court does not overrule Chevron outright, many scholars and commentators speculate that the Court could change the doctrine in significant ways.  The 2021 Symposium will address this topic from numerous perspectives, including:

  • How should we conceptualize Chevron’s role in the administrative state?
  • Do the criticisms of Chevron have merit? 
  • Are there contexts in which Chevron makes more or less sense? 
  • How might the Court modify the Chevron framework, short of overruling it? 
  • What would be the consequences of overruling or modifying Chevron
  • What role, if any, should stare decisis play in the debate over Chevron’s future?

These questions are illustrative rather than exhaustive.

How to Submit an Abstract

Send an email with the subject line “Abstract” to with your abstract and a copy of your CV(s) attached by May 1, 2020. Inquiries via this e-mail address should be directed to Duke Law Journal’s Special Projects Editor, Becki Thompson.

Paper Selection Criteria

Abstracts must be related to the topic: The Future of Chevron Deference. The Duke Law Journal will review each abstract based on timeliness, importance, novelty, and fit with the Symposium’s theme.

Important Dates

  • May 1, 2020: Deadline to submit abstracts
  • May 15, 2020: Papers selected
  • August 1, 2020:  Drafts of submissions for publications due
  • February 5, 2021:  Annual Administrative Law Symposium
  • February 2021:  Symposium Issue published

Thank you and we look forward to reviewing your proposal!


Christian Bale


Duke Law Journal, Volume 70

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