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About Us

The Legal Priorities Project is an independent, global research project founded by researchers from Harvard University. We conduct legal research that tackles the world’s most pressing problems – we call this “legal priorities research.”

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Our Research

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We aim to establish “legal priorities research” as a new research field. We currently focus on four cause areas: improving the governance of advanced artificial intelligence, mitigating risks from synthetic biology, mitigating extreme risks from climate change, and improving institutional design and decision-making. Our research is influenced by the principles of effective altruism and the longtermism paradigm.

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We are excited to introduce the participants of our first Summer Research Fellowship: Cecil Abungu (LL.M. at Harvard ‘20), D Black (J.D. at Yale ‘22), Lingxi Chenyang (J.D. at Yale ‘20 / Ph.D. at Michigan ‘22), Lisa Forsberg (Postdoc at Oxford), Alasdair Phillips-Robins (J.D. at Yale ‘22), and Leor Zmigrod (Postdoc at Cambridge). For 10 weeks, they work on different research projects that focus on improving the long-term future. Fellows receive a $5,000 stipend. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, they work remotely.

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