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  • Why I Am a Liberal

    November 21, 2023

    An op-ed by Cass Sunstein: More than at any other time since World War II, liberalism is under siege. On the left, some people insist…

  • Carbon Footprint And Fine Dining In London: Nudged To Fight Climate Change

    October 31, 2023

    On Friday, the “Money Reporter” of The Telegraph, Noah Eastwood wrote about London’s diners being hit by a “climate footprint charge” on restaurant bills. ……

  • The Supreme Court Looks Set to Deliver Another Blow to the Environment

    October 20, 2023

    Last week, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that’s nominally about herring. Arguments will be heard this winter, in tandem with…

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    Cass Sunstein and panelists discuss ‘How to Interpret the Constitution’

    September 15, 2023

    At a Harvard Law School Library book talk, Cass Sunstein, Steven Pinker and Richard Fallon grapple with constitutional interpretation.

  • Cass Sunstein on Behavioral Finance and Wealth

    August 21, 2023

    Bloomberg Radio host Barry Ritholtz speaks with legal scholar Cass Sunstein, who founded and leads Harvard Law School’s program on behavioral economics and public policy.

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    Harvard Law School and Berkman Klein Center announce new initiative on Artificial Intelligence and the Law

    July 17, 2023

    Harvard Law School and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society have announced a new Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and the Law (IAIL), directed by Professors Oren Bar-Gill and Cass Sunstein.

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    Harvard Law faculty among the most cited legal scholars by SSRN

    March 23, 2023

    Harvard Law School faculty members are currently featured prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law school faculty in all fields.

  • Abadir Ibrahim, Geraldine Schwarz, and Cass Sunstein.

    Not-so-innocent bystanders

    March 13, 2023

    Journalist Géraldine Schwarz shares the story of her grandparents who ‘followed the current’ in Nazi Germany.

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    A Tingly Sensation

    February 14, 2023

    Professor Cass Sunstein, who has been cited as “one of the most wide-ranging, original, prolific, and influential scholars of our time," on the writing life

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    On the bookshelf

    December 13, 2022

    This fall, Harvard Law School showcased the works of faculty, alums, and students at book events throughout the semester.

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    Harvard Law School welcomes the LL.M. Class of 2021 to campus

    November 2, 2022

    Dean John F. Manning ’85 invited members of the LL.M. Class of 2021, whose LL.M. year was entirely virtual, to experience life on campus and connect with each other in person.

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    Justice Stephen Breyer returns to Harvard Law School

    July 2, 2022

    Retired United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer ’64 is returning to Harvard Law School, where he will teach seminars and reading groups, write, and produce scholarship.

  • Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett Offer Few Clues on Affirmative Action’s Future

    January 25, 2022

    Former President Donald Trump’s three U.S. Supreme Court appointees likely will be key to the fate of affirmative action in college admissions as the issue of race-conscious policies returns to the high court. ... Shortly after that ruling, for which Gorsuch was widely praised, Harvard Law’s Cass Sunstein warned that Gorsuch’s adherence to the “original public meaning” of legal texts “gives a real boost to opponents of affirmative action.” The key passage, Sunstein wrote, is where Gorsuch writes that to discriminate is to treat an “individual worse than others who are similarly situated,” and text means that the judge’s “focus should be on individuals, not groups.”

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    In Memoriam: Lloyd L. Weinreb: 1936–2021

    December 26, 2021

    Described as one of the great figures in the history of Harvard Law School, Lloyd L. Weinreb ’62, a leading authority on criminal and copyright law, and an HLS professor for nearly a half-century, died Dec. 15, at the age of 85.

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    On the bookshelf

    November 30, 2021

    Here are some of the latest from HLS authors to add to your reading list over the holiday break.

  • You Can’t Nudge If You’ve Got Sludge

    September 30, 2021

    Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein is best known as co-author, with Nobelist Richard Thaler, of the multi-million selling book Nudge. The idea that the behaviors of citizens and employees can be steered in a way that is beneficial to them have taken root worldwide. Today, there are hundreds of behavioral science teams, often called “nudge units,” in governments and corporations around the world.

  • Minow, Sunstein and Kennedy launch the inaugural issue of The American Journal of Law and Equality

    September 22, 2021

    This month saw the publication of the inaugural issue of The American Journal of Law and Equality, a project developed by three Harvard Law School professors in collaboration with MIT Press. The first issue features a variety of views from legal, academic and philosophical scholars, including its three editors and founders: 300th Anniversary University Professor Martha Minow; Michael R. Klein Professor of Law Randall L. Kennedy; and Robert Walmsley University Professor Cass R. Sunstein ‘78.

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    ‘We have to spend more time on the inequalities that are embedded in the law itself’

    September 21, 2021

    September 2021 saw the publication of the inaugural issue of The American Journal of Law and Equality, a project developed by Professors Martha Minow, Randall Kennedy, and Cass Sunstein, in collaboration with MIT Press.