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The Law Review annually welcomes scholars, legal professionals and community leaders from across the country to discuss legal issues related to important current events. Presentations will cover those issues from a variety of angles. The event is free and open to the public, and is usually followed by a reception in the Law School’s Atrium.

Watch this page for information on the upcoming symposium, including contact and registration information, presenters, panels and agenda. For past topics, see the Past Symposia page.


2022 Detroit Mercy Law Review Symposium:

Governing Bodies: Bodily Autonomy and the Law
Friday, March 4, 2022

Detroit Mercy Law Review presents the 106th Symposium on Governing Bodies: Bodily Autonomy and the Law. Bodily autonomy has been regulated or banned on many levels throughout our history, ranging from slavery to the right to an abortion, assisted suicide, transgender rights, and even issues surrounding the present COVID-19 pandemic. While these laws and regulations have led to controversy and protest, it remains unclear where exactly the line should be drawn limiting government power over our bodies, or if there should be a line at all.


Call for Proposals

The University of Detroit Mercy Law Review is accepting submissions for the annual symposium, Governing Bodies: Bodily Autonomy and the Law, on Friday, March 4, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. Click here for the Submission Procedure. Proposals should be approximately 250–500 words, double-spaced, and should detail the proposed topic and presentation. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5 PM EST Friday, October 29, 2021, by email to Mackenzie Clark, Symposium Director, at In your e-mail, please indicate whether your proposal is for a presentation only or if you plan to submit an article based on your presentation for potential publication in the Detroit Mercy Law Review. Also, please include a current CV or resume.

Decisions will be emailed on or before Monday, November 7, 2021. Final completed manuscripts must be submitted by Friday, March 11, 2022, for consideration for publication by the Law Review staff.

Detroit Mercy Law Review invites academics, scholars, practitioners, and other stakeholders to submit proposals for panel presentation and potential publication on topics involving governments and entities attempting to regulate bodily autonomy. These may include, but are not limited to, the following: slavery, vaccine passports and mandates, abortion laws, assisted suicide, data privacy issues, and transgender rights.

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    Contact Symposium Director

    For questions regarding the Law Review Symposium, please contact Mackenzie Clark, Symposium Director at