International Comparative Insolvency Symposium


University of Miami School of Law and the University of Miami International & Comparative Law Review are pleased to announce the Second International and Comparative Insolvency Law Symposium

Join us to discuss global and domestic insolvency law topics as we seek to advance the dialogue on these topics between academics, the practicing bar and bankruptcy bench.

In conjunction with Professor Andrew Dawson of the University of Miami Law School, Professor Laura Napoli Coordes of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Professor Adrian Walters of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Professor Christoph Henkel of the Mississippi College School of Law, the members of the University of Miami Law School International & Comparative Law Review, are organizing the symposium and look forward to contributions from academics of all levels, fellows, and graduate students

Thursday & Friday, November 14 - 15, 2019
Newman Alumni Center
6200 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
Time: 8am - 5pm 

 Symposium Topics

The Symposium will focus 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. following topics and themes will be included in the program:

  • Current issues of bankruptcy and insolvency law in a global context
  • Harmonizing cross-border bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring law
  • Issues related to Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy filing under PROMESA
  • Regional developments in the Americas, Africa or Europe; the continuing impact of the sovereign debt crisis or BREXIT
  • Topics discussed and examined by UNCITRAL Working Group V
  • Communication and cooperation between courts in international insolvency cases
  • Treatment of small and medium sized enterprises in bankruptcy
  • Personal and consumer bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Insolvency of financial institutions, such as SMEs or GSIFIS
  • Treatment of Initial Coin Offerings and Crypto Currencies in bankruptcy
  • Use of technology in insolvency practice, including the impact of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy law reforms
  • Hot topics and works-in-progress

    The above list of topics is not exclusive. Any paper submitted with a comparative or cross-border component will be considered for presentation.

 Submission Instructions

  • We are now accepting abstracts of proposed papers. Academics of all levels, fellows and graduate students are eligible to submit their paper proposals. Papers 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 and must include the author’s name, title of the paper, institutional affiliation, and contact information. When submitting co-authored papers, both authors must be listed on the abstract.
  • Graduate students must identify themselves as such.
  • Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2019.
  • Papers should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format and contain an abstract of no more than 750 words.
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Authors will be notified of the acceptance of their submissions and proposals by no later than March 31, 2019. Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity to publish their papers in a 2019 symposium issue of the University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review if submitted by January 5, 2020. 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 in your submission.


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