Call for Papers and Presentations for the Indiana Law Review Annual Symposium on April 8th, 2022

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana Law Review Vol. 55
Transportation Infrastructure Law and Policy: The Road Forward
Symposium April 08, 2022

Dear Scholars:


Transportation is at the heart of American life. Transportation infrastructure provides access, or lack thereof, to employment, resources, educational opportunities, housing, and more. Thus, transportation is the backbone of our economy, and it intersects with nearly all areas of law.


Transportation infrastructure and climate change initiatives are inextricably intertwined. Disruptions in the supply chain dominate economic discussions and impact a range of products from the availability of electronics to the price of groceries. Our highways, roadways, and bridges are aging, if not crumbling, and in need of repair. Investments are also needed to combat growing inequities in these areas.


As Congress and the White House seek to address these issues through a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which includes $284 billion for transportation and more for environmental remediation, transportation infrastructure is a timely and pressing topic.


The Indiana Law Review (ILR) cordially invites you to submit an article manuscript for publication consideration in ILR’s Volume 55 Symposium Issue and/or a presentation topic for consideration to participate in the Symposium on April 8, 2022. ILR is seeking articles and presentations from diverse scholars in various areas of law that examine and even reimagine transportation infrastructure. We are deeply interested in submissions that provide solutions which rise to the occasion of the challenges faced.


Topics for articles or presentations may include, but are not limited to:


● Transportation planning and environmental law (Clean Air Act, NEPA, fuel use, environmental justice, and climate change)
● Preparing for threats to the transportation infrastructure (e.g., cyber-attacks and terrorism)
● Racial justice and equity in transportation policy
● Transportation’s impact on the supply chain
● Local, state, and federal roles in funding transportation infrastructure investments
● Innovation in transport and resulting policy (autonomous vehicle and ridesharing law)
● Traffic volume and improving the performance of travel systems and safety, including Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
● Reimagining highways, public transit, and rail for the future
● Land use/zoning issues in transportation infrastructure
● Historical approaches to transportation policy
● Intersection between transportation and other social determinants of health (safe/affordable housing, access to medical care, economic stability, and educational opportunities)
● Diverging transportation needs between urban and rural communities
● Transportation’s impact on economic development
Papers should be between 5,000–20,000 words. Most submissions are around 12,000 words. Please reach out to ILR’s Symposium Editor, Katie Whitley, via email at katspeer@iu.edu with any questions or to submit paper and/or presentation topics.

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