Rethinking Penn Central

Date: October 25, 2023
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Time: All Day, beginning 9:00 a.m. EST

Pacific Legal Foundation seeks papers for a research roundtable on the landmark regulatory takings case, Penn Central Transportation Company v. City of New York, to be held in October 2023. We are calling for scholars and practitioners to imagine how courts might best “make clear when one occurs.” We seek papers that propose alternatives or changes to the Penn Central standard.

Research Proposal Submission Details

Please submit a brief proposal that describes your thesis and how your paper will contribute to the legal discussion regarding how to fix or replace the Penn Central regulatory takings test.
Proposals should be submitted by July 1 to Ethan Blevins at Early proposal submission is encouraged, however, as proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and approvals will allow authors to begin work early.

Honorarium and Other Support

Authors of accepted papers will receive a $2,500 honorarium. Authors will benefit from robust feedback on their research at a workshop in October 2023. Papers will be published as working papers on the PLF website, but not exclusive of other publications.

Research Roundtable

Completed paper drafts are due in mid-October but need not be in polished or publishable form. Authors will present their papers at a research roundtable, where they will have the opportunity to get feedback from other legal and academic experts. Each paper author will be expected to offer feedback on others’ papers. The roundtable is tentatively scheduled for the end of October 2023. We will cover the cost ofhotel accommodation and reasonable travel expenses to the roundtable.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the call for papers please contact Ethan Blevins at