Third International &
Comparative Insolvency

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is pleased to announce the Third International & Comparative Insolvency Symposium

Professor Laura Coordes (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law), Professor Andrew Dawson (University of Miami Law School), Professor Adrian Walters (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law), and Professor Christoph Henkel (Mississippi College School of Law) are pleased to present the Third International & Comparative Insolvency Symposium. We look forward to contributions from academics, fellows, and graduate students.

This symposium is being held with the support of ASU’s Corporate and Business Law Journal. More information about the journal can be found here:

Thursday & Friday, November 12-13, 2020

Please note that the conference will now be held virtually

Call for Papers

The goal and purpose of the conference is to (1) specifically develop and promote legal scholarship on global and domestic bankruptcy and insolvency law topics in the United States, and (2) to advance the dialogue on these topics with a global perspective among academics, the practicing bar and the bankruptcy bench.


The symposium focuses 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 as well as any related subject, such as secured transactions.   The following topics and themes will be included in the program:


  • Current issues of insolvency law in a global context (i.e. executory contracts and ipso facto clauses)
  • Harmonizing cross-border bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring law
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy law reforms and trends (i.e. the EU Restructuring Directive, the U.S. Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, UK post-Brexit)
  • Specific regional developments in the Americas, Africa, India, Asia or Europe
  • Sovereign bankruptcy, including Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy filing under PROMESA
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution in bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Treatment of small and medium sized enterprises in bankruptcy
  • Personal and consumer bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Insolvency of financial institutions, such as SMEs or GSIFIS
  • Treatment of Digital Assets in insolvency proceedings
  • Impact of technology on insolvency law and restructuring (i.e. Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Communications and cooperation between courts across borders
  • UNCITRAL Working Group V discussions and updates
  • Hot topics and works-in-progress

Please note that the above list of topics is not exclusive.  Any paper submitted with a comparative or cross-border component will be considered for presentation and publication.


Submission Instructions


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


To submit an entry, interested participants should upload an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF containing an abstract of no more than 750 words no later than March 15, 2020. Abstracts may be submitted through the conference website using the “Abstract Submission” tab, above.


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 April 15, 2020.   Accepted submissions will be considered for publication in a 2021 symposium issue of the Arizona State University Corporate and Business Law Journal if submitted by January 15, 2021 (word limit: 15,000 words with footnotes).  Please indicate on the abstract submission form if you are interested in having your paper considered for publication.


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 on the submission form.


Please contact Laura Coordes ( with any questions.