Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct legal research that tackles the world's most pressing problems. This currently leads us to focus on the protection of future generations.

Our Goals

Foundational Research

Our primary goal is to conduct foundational research. By doing so, we aim to determine which problems legal researchers should work on in order to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. We refer to this as “meta-level research.” We also conduct research on the identified problems, which we call “object-level research.” We particularly focus on the protection of future generations.

Field Building

We aim to establish “legal priorities research” as a new research field. In particular, we aim to introduce longtermism – the view that the primary determinant of the value of our actions today is how those actions affect the very long-term future – to legal academia. We want to convince more legal academics to work on research projects that positively shape the long-term future.

Community Building

We aim to build a global community that shares our concern for the long-term future. We want to bring together researchers and policy-makers at every level of seniority. We also aim to educate a new generation of researchers on how to use the law to protect future generations.

Informing Policy

In order to inform policy decisions, we are committed to engaging in non-research activities and to conducting research that could positively shape the long-term future while also having near-term policy implications. We also encourage top legal talent to work in policy, taking a longtermist perspective into policy-making.

Our Story

Fall 2018

Idea was born at the EA Group at Harvard Law School

August 2019

First draft of research agenda

October 2019

Initial funding from Ben Delo at the advice of Effective Giving

February 2020

Legal Priorities Seminar at Harvard Law School

April 2020

Second round of funding from Ben Delo at the advice of Effective Giving

May 2020

Registration as 501(c)(3) nonprofit

July 2020

Start of first Summer Research Fellowship

December 2020

Planned publication of research agenda

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