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About Us

The Legal Priorities Project is an independent, global research project founded by researchers from Harvard University. We conduct and support 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, biosecurity & pandemic preparedness, institutional design, and meta-research. Our research is influenced by the principles of effective altruism and the longtermism paradigm.

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Longtermism and the Law: Blog Symposium on Verfassungsblog

Blog post submissions to the 2022 Multidisciplinary Forum on Longtermism and the Law, co-organized by LPP and the University of Hamburg, will be published as a Blog Symposium on Verfassungsblog throughout August. Verfassungsblog is considered to be one of the most influential forums for constitutional law and policy in the world. The series includes submissions by researchers at LPP and elsewhere.

Writing Competition

Our writing competition seeks practical guidance on how US cost-benefit analysis protocols affecting federal agencies can more fully account for the interests of future generations and catastrophic and existential risks. LPP will award up to $72,500 in prizes, including a First Prize of $30,000. Submissions are short–maximum of 10,000 words–and are due July 31st.

Legal Priorities Summer Institute 2022

The Legal Priorities Summer Institute (LPSI) is an intensive, week-long program with the goal of introducing altruistically-minded law and policy students to projects, theories, and tools relevant to tackling critical issues affecting the long-term future. The Institute will take place in Oxford, UK from September 3–8. Read more here (applications closed).

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