See a listing of all research programs and centers by topic.
Access to Justice Lab (A2J)
The Lab is on a mission to transform law into an evidence-based field. The law needs to use lessons learned from randomized control trials to give decisions makers the confidence that the solutions they deploy will provide better access to justice for individuals and families. The lab is currently running a suite of studies in criminal justice and civil justice. Visit the Access to Justice Lab website.
Animal Law & Policy Program (ALPP)
Committed to analyzing and enhancing the treatment of animals in the legal system. The Program aims to engage with academics, students, practitioners, and decision makers to foster discourse, facilitate scholarship, develop strategies, and implement solutions in the rapidly evolving area of animal law & policy. Visit the Animal Law & Policy Program website.
Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
An entrepreneurial research program founded in 1997 to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development. Visit the Berkman Klein Center website.
Center on the Legal Profession (CLP)
Promotes research, scholarship and teaching about the norms, structures, and functions of the legal profession in the United States and around the world. Visit the Center on the Legal Profession website.
Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
Seeks to further the vision of racial justice and equality through research, policy analysis, litigation and scholarship. The Houston Institute will place a special emphasis on the issues of voting rights, the future of affirmative action, the criminal justice system and related areas. Visit the Houston Institute website.
Child Advocacy Program (CAP)
Committed to advancing children’s interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change. Visit the Child Advocacy Program website.
East Asian Legal Studies Program (EALS)
Seeks to respond to the interest in the legal cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia on the part of lawyers, historians and scholars of international and comparative law. Visit the East Asian Legal Studies Program website.
Environmental & Energy Law Program
Dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship, coursework, clinical practice, and academic programming at HLS in the field of environmental law. Visit the Environmental & Energy Law Program website.
Foundations of Private Law
An interdisciplinary research program at Harvard Law School dedicated to the academic investigation of private law. “Private law” embraces the traditionally common law subjects (property, contracts, and torts), as well as related subjects that are more heavily statutory, such as intellectual property and commercial law. Visit the Foundations of Private Law website.
Harvard Initiative on Law and Philosophy
Working at the intersection of law and philosophy, the Initiative’s website seeks to gather information about faculty and courses across Harvard University — lectures, conferences, symposia, and recent publications –that address some aspect of law and philosophy. Visit the Harvard Initiative on Law and Philosophy website.
Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD)
Works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. Facilitates domestic-level implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a human rights treaty that impacts the lives of some 650 million disabled persons globally. Visit the Harvard Law School Project on Disability website.
Human Rights Program (HRP)
Gives impetus and direction to international human rights work at Harvard Law School through clinical and course work, student participation, research and scholarship, and links with human rights groups. Visit the Human Rights Program website.
Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP)
A collaborative faculty effort to foster new thinking about the ways we are governed at the global level. Fosters research and policy dialog about the structure and potential for global governance as we confront the most pressing issues of global policy. Visit the Institute for Global Law and Policy website.
Institute to End Mass Incarceration (IEMI)
The Institute’s mission is to end mass incarceration in the United States. To do so, it will combine a movement-centered, action-oriented organizing and advocacy program with a bold and ambitious innovation institute. A unifying theme of the Institute’s work will be helping to build widespread community power to promote the radical democratization of the criminal legal system.
John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics and Business
Supports research, issues discussion papers, and offers research assistantships and fellowships to Harvard Law students in law and economics. Visit the Olin Center website.
The Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
Pursues excellence in the scholarly study of Jewish law, conceived as a dynamic religious system, and Israeli law, the legal system of a state formally committed to democratic and Jewish values. Visit the The Julis-Rabinowitz Program website.
Labor and Worklife Program (LWP)
Center for research, teaching, and creative problem solving related to the world of work and its implications for society. LWP organizes projects and programs that examine critical changes in labor markets, labor law, and the experiences of working people, and analyze the role of advocates, unions, worker organizations, business, and government in improving the quality of life for working families in the U.S. and around the world. Visit the Labor and Worklife Program website.
The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics
An interdisciplinary research program dedicated to scholarly research on important issues a the intersection of law and health policy, including issues of health care financing and market regulation, biomedical research, and bioethics. Visit the Petrie-Flom website.
Program in Islamic Law (PIL)
The Program in Islamic Law at Harvard Law School is dedicated to promoting research and providing resources for the academic study of Islamic law. We host a suite of projects toward that end: a portal for organizing the world’s information on Islamic law (SHARIAsource), a set of publications for cutting-edge scholarship in Islamic legal studies (a book series, occasional papers, and a peer-reviewed journal), and myriad program events and support for students, fellows, and scholars working in the field of Islamic legal studies. Visit the Program in Islamic Law website.
Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies (PBLCLS)
Equipping students to become leaders committed to serving constituents in need of hope, clients in need of justice, colleagues in need of encouragement, and adversaries in need of grace. Visit the Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies website.
Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
Studies a range of issues at the intersection of behavioral economics, law, and public policy. Visit the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy website.
Program on Corporate Governance
Seeks to foster research and scholarship about corporate governance and facilitate discourse in this field among academics, practitioners, and policy-makers. Visit the Program on Corporate Governance website.
Program on Institutional Investors (PII)
Seeks to contribute to research, policy-making, discourse, and education with respect to institutional investors and issues of interest to institutional investors. Visit the Program on Institutional Investors website.
Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS)
Promotes research and instruction linking law, economics, and finance; provides public policy assistance in commercial and financial law reform; and conducts international symposia that foster building the financial system. Visit the Program on International Financial Systems website.
Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC)
Provides a space for research on critical challenges facing the various fields of public international law related to armed conflict – including jus ad bellum, jus in bello (international humanitarian law/law of armed conflict), international human rights law, international criminal law, the law of state responsibility, and other relevant fields. In collaboration with student researchers, scholars, and practitioners, the program engages with states, non-state actors, and intergovernmental organizations. Visit the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict website.
Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World
The Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World (PLS) is a research program at Harvard Law School with a mission to support rigorous and cutting-edge scholarship that addresses the complex relationships between law and society in Muslim majority and minority contexts around the world. Recognizing the complex legal, historical, socioeconomic, and political dimensions that characterize Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts, we promote contextualized approaches to the study of law. We use the term “Muslim world” to indicate our interests in the many diverse contexts in which Islamic law plays a role in the legal system, whether formally or informally. Visit the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World website.
Program on Negotiation (PON)
An innovative, inter-university (Harvard, MIT, Tufts) research center dedicated to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. PON hosts a wide range of scholarly events, publishes numerous educational materials, and offers negotiation training through its Harvard Negotiation Institute and Negotiation and Leadership courses for senior managers and executives. Visit the Program on Negotiation website.
Shareholder Rights Project (SRP)
Works on behalf of public pension funds and charitable organizations seeking to improve corporate governance at publicly traded companies in which they are shareowners, as well as on research and policy projects related to corporate governance. Visit the Shareholder Rights Project website.
Systemic Justice Project (SJP)
A policy innovation collaboration, organized and catalyzed by Harvard Law School students, devoted to identifying injustice, designing solutions, promoting awareness, and advocating reforms to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public. While targeting specific policy challenges, SJP is devoted to understanding common and systemic sources of injustice by analyzing the historical, cultural, political, economic, and psychological context of particular problems. Visit the Systemic Justice Project website.
Tax Law Program
Provides opportunities for the study of tax law at Harvard through a significant array of courses, seminars, and reading groups in U.S. tax law, open to students in both the J.D. and LL.M. programs. There are also opportunities for Visiting Scholars and Researchers in Taxation who wish to further their research at Harvard Law School. Visit the Tax Law Program website.