Call for Papers

4th Annual International & Comparative Urban Law Conference

Law and the New Urban Agenda

Cape Town, South Africa

July 17th & 18th, 2017


Call for Conference Participants



The Fordham Urban Law Center, in conjunction with the University of Cape Town (UCT), is pleased to announce a call for participation in the 4th Annual International and Comparative Urban Law Conference, to be held on Monday July 17th and Tuesday July 18th, 2017.  The Conference will be held at UCT in Cape Town, South Africa.   


The Conference will provide a dynamic forum for legal and other scholars to engage and generate diverse international, comparative, and interdisciplinary perspectives in the burgeoning field of urban law. The Conference will explore overlapping themes, tensions, and opportunities for deeper scholarly investigation and practice with a comparative perspective.  The Conference is open to urban law topics across a broad spectrum, such as:


  • Structure and workings of local authority and autonomy

  • Urban and metropolitan governance and finance

  • Economic and community development

  • Housing and the built environment

  • Unique challenges facing cities in developing nations and the Global South

  • Urban public health

  • Migration and citizenship

  • Urban equity and inclusion

  • Sustainability and resilience


While the Conference will foster a broad dialogue about cities and legal systems in comparative and international perspective, we specifically invite submissions to focus on the role of law in New Urban Agenda adopted this past October by the United Nations at the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador.

In keeping with this framework, the conference seeks to investigate the role of laws in promoting the New Urban Agenda in a manner that is democratic, sustainable and equitable.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION:  Potential participants in Conference panels should submit a proposal (maximum 500 words) to Gilberto Vargas, Associate Director, Fordham Urban Law Center, at  Please put "[name of proposed paper]" in the subject line of your email. If you have a draft paper, please include it with your proposal. Participants do not need to have prepared a formal paper in order to join the program.  Please indicate the extent of your funding needs. Due to limited funds, the Center can only award a few partial travel grants for this Conference. Deadline for proposal submissions:  March 6, 2017.


PUBLICATION:  The Urban Law Center has developed a book series compiling cross-cutting global perspectives on law and urbanism, with a core focus on comparative enquiry.  If you are interested in potential publication, please indicate this interest at the time of your proposal submission.

ABOUT THE URBAN LAW CENTER:  The Urban Law Center at Fordham Law School in New York City is committed to investigating the role of the law and legal systems in contemporary urbanism through scholarship, pedagogy, programming, and applied research partnerships. Please visit for more details about the Center.


ABOUT UCT:  Founded in 1829, The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa. UCT aspires to be the premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Please visit for more details about UCT.