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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: law and governance of advanced artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, institutional design, and meta-research. Our research is influenced by the principles of effective altruism and the longtermism paradigm.

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We are excited to finally publish our research agenda for legal priorities research!

The agenda is divided into three parts. In the first part, we argue that cause prioritization in legal research is both important and neglected, provide an overview of our philosophical foundations, and describe our methodological approach. In the second part, we present our current focus areas (namely, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, institutional design, and meta-research), list identify promising research projects, and provide an overview of relevant literature. In the final part, we discuss two cause areas for further engagement (namely, space governance and animal law).

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Applications for our Summer Research Fellowship 2021 are now open!

For 10 weeks between mid-May and late July, up to 15 participants will work together with researchers at the Legal Priorities Project on ways in which the law can help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Fellows will receive a stipend of USD 7,000, which includes travel expenses for a 2-week symposium in Mexico City from July 12th to 24th. The rest of the fellowship is remote.

If you are interested in carrying out longtermist legal research in fields such as artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, or institutional design, we invite you to apply. The application deadline is January 16th.

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