The Institute for Competitive Governance invites scholars to submit papers for the third issue of the Journal of Special Jurisdictions. Titled “Special Jurisdictions and the United States,” it will explore the history, theory, practice, critical analysis, and possibilities of special jurisdictions in the United States.


  • The history of special jurisdictions in the United States
  • Critical analysis of special jurisdictions in the United States
  • Factors involved in the stagnation of special zones in the US during the 20th-21st Century
  • Proposals for improving existing US zone frameworks
  • Testing new governance models with ecovillages and intentional communities 
  • Economic and social impact of new US special jurisdictions
  • Proposed legislation for United States special jurisdictions
  • Jurisdiction, federalism, and constitutional analysis of US SEZs
  • How to rejuvenate existing cities with special jurisdictions
  • Impact and possibilities of Foriegn Trade Zone, Opportunity Zones, Regulatory Sandboxes, and Innovation Zones.
  • Political Strategies to Create new SEZs
  • US SEZs for the Digital Age


  • Intent to Submit by Sending Abstract: October 15th, 2021 
  • Full Version: Febuary 19th, 2022 
  • Author notification: March 15th, 2022 
  • Final Version: June 1st, 2022
  • Publication Date: February June 15th, 2022

Send an email to stating your intention to submit a full paper by July  the 31st. The email should contain the title of the paper, authors, and abstract.

Paper guidelines: