Deadline: May 15, 2018

Jordan Paradise

Cynthia Ho

Janet Howe

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General Description: 

Loyola University Chicago’s nationally acclaimed Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy is pleased to invite original research submissions for the annual Wiet Life Science Law Scholars Conference to be held on Friday, September 7, 2018.

The conference is designed to provide an intellectual venue for life science professors, scholars, and practitioners to convene and discuss current research and scholarship.  The phrase “life science law” intends to capture diverse disciplines that involve significant issues of life science research and development, spanning food and drug law, health law, intellectual property (IP) law, biotechnology law, environmental law, administrative law, and antitrust law.  Our goal is to foster recognition of life science law as a cohesive, dynamic area of legal study and strengthen connections among national life science law scholars.

Loyola is currently soliciting 750-1,000 word abstracts reflecting early or mid-stage ideas for the purpose of workshopping with other conference scholars.  Modeled after successful events for law professors and scholars in other areas, we will organize scholars in topical panels of three to five authors with approximately 15 minutes allotted to each abstract presentation, followed by 15 minutes of intensive discussion with scholar attendees.  Author abstracts will be distributed one week prior to the conference to scholar participants; authors may also submit draft articles for distribution.  Scholars are expected to review materials of fellow panel members.

Submission and Review Timeline:

The deadline for 750-1,000 word abstracts, including author contact information is May 15.
Submit via email to with subject line Wiet Life Science Law.  Scholars will be notified of speaker selections by email on or before June 15.

The Annals of Health Law & the Life Sciences is also pleased to announce that publication and $500 honorariums are available to three selected scholars who submit full-length manuscripts for publication consideration by September 30.  Honorarium is contingent on timely publication with Annals.


This conference has been generously funded by Loyola University Chicago law alumnus Mitch Wiet (JD ’65) and his family.  Admission to the conference, a one-night stay at a local Chicago hotel, conference day meals, and conference receptions on Thursday night and Friday late afternoon, are free.  In the case that funding is not covered by home institutions, scholars may apply for travel funding as part of their abstract submission by including a statement of travel interest and reasons.  Additional hotel funds may also be available for those traveling significant distances; please also submit an interest statement and reasons for additional night hotel.  Funds are limited and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Contact Professors Jordan Paradise or Cynthia Ho with questions about conference scope, abstract submissions, and the honorarium and publication opportunity.  For logistical questions, please contact Janet Howe at

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