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  • US law academics oppose judicial overhaul in Israel

    January 31, 2023

    More than 70 professors of law at universities in the US have signed a statement opposing the changes to Israel’s judicial system being promoted by…

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    Air Force veteran Sarah McClellan is ‘adding to the diversity of perspectives’ at Harvard Law

    November 7, 2022

    Sarah McClellan’s experience with underrepresentation, as an Indigenous female Air Force officer, is shaping her Harvard Law career.

  • Considering the Consumer

    June 21, 2019

    Many faculty members at HLS focus their research on aspects of consumer law and protection.

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    In Their Own Words

    January 29, 2019

    From algorithmic price discrimination to intellectual property and human rights to Indian Nations and the Constitution

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    HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    January 18, 2019

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2018, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

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    Bar-Gill receives honor from American Law and Economics Association

    June 5, 2018

    Oren Bar-Gill LL.M. ’01 S.J.D. ’05, the William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, has received the Best Paper Prize from the American Law and Economics Association.

  • Harvard Law Professors Top Citation Rankings

    January 31, 2018

    Twelve of the top 100 most-cited law professors of all time teach at Harvard Law School, according to the Social Science Research Network—and professors Lucian A. Bebchuk and Steven Shavell took the first two spots. An electronic service that aims to make research papers and scholarly articles easily accessible, the SSRN contains over 650,000 documents by more than 360,000 authors...“The rankings reflect the significant impact that the Harvard Law School faculty has on policy research and the legal academy,” Bebchuk wrote in an email. Law Professor Cass R. Sunstein ’75, who ranks in fourth place with 1,484 citations, said he thinks there is a significant benefit to publishing work on SSRN. “I think it’s a good thing if you have a paper that’s published and that could benefit from the comments and criticisms of others,” Sunstein said...The list also includes Law professors Louis Kaplow, Reinier H. Kraakman ’71, Mark J. Roe, Jesse M. Fried ’86, Alma Cohen, Allen Ferrell, John Coates IV, Oren Bar-Gill, and J. Mark Ramseyer.

  • HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    HLS faculty maintain top position in SSRN citation rankings

    January 24, 2018

    Statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2017, Harvard Law School faculty members have continued to feature prominently on SSRN’s list of the 100 most-cited law professors.

  • ALI Shouldn’t Inject Opinion Into Its Interpretation of Consumer and Insurance Law

    January 18, 2018

    On Thursday, leaders of the American Law Institute are set to gather in Philadelphia to discuss controversial changes to its restatements of consumer and insurance law, the results of which would dramatically shift how the law in these areas is interpreted in courts nationwide in a way that could profoundly benefit the plaintiffs’ bar...A broad coalition of corporate general counsel also have objected to ALI’s proposed Restatement of the Law on Consumer Contracts, which not only would create an ill-defined and heretofore unknown category of “consumer contracts,” but inject the amorphous language of consumer protection statutes into the common law. The restatement was written by a panel that includes Harvard Law School professor Oren Bar-Gill, who co-wrote a 2008 paper with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and whose own book, “Seduction by Contract,” argues that “better legal policy can help consumers and enhance market efficiency.”

  • From analysis to (phone) application

    April 19, 2017

    When David Webb ’17 was approached with the opportunity to become a part-owner of Hiatus—an app that can scan users’ accounts to uncover auto-renewing charges that they may be unaware of—lessons from classes such as Consumer Contracts and Law, Economics, and Psychology, taught by Harvard Law Professor Oren Bar-Gill, immediately sprang to mind.

  • Talk flyer

    Diversity in the 1L curriculum explored in spring seminar and lecture series

    February 7, 2017

    During this year’s spring semester, Mark Tushnet, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, is teaching a novel seminar called “Diversity and Social Justice in First Year Classes.” It combines classroom teaching with an eight-part public lecture series examining how issues of diversity and social justice can be integrated into the core 1L classes.

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    Diversity and U.S. Legal History

    December 7, 2016

    During the fall 2016 semester, a group of leading scholars came together at Harvard Law School for the lecture series, "Diversity and US Legal History," which was sponsored by Dean Martha Minow and organized by Professor Mark Tushnet, who also designed a reading group to complement the lectures.

  • Outsmarting the Debt Trap

    June 5, 2016

    Looking at the totals on your credit card bill, you might wonder, how did I get in this situation? If you intended to only use your card for emergencies but ended up using it for life’s little extras, does that make you irresponsible, immature, or reckless? Behavioral economics says it just makes you human...“We get the money now, when we take a loan, and we pay it back some time in the future. This temporal component triggers a host of behavioral psychological effects,” says Oren Bar-Gill, a Harvard Law School professor who specializes in law and economics. “One of them is basic myopia. We think more about the present and less about the future, and so we’re more likely to take on debt, because we don’t put enough weight in our decision-making process on the future paybacks.”

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    Oren Bar-Gill, at the intersection of law, contracts and human behavior

    June 19, 2015

    HLS Professor Oren Bar-Gill LL.M. '01 S.J.D. '05, a leading expert on contract law and behavioral law and economics, and author of 'Seduction by Contract: Law, Economics and Psychology in Consumer Markets,' (Oxford University Press, 2012) recently shared some thoughts about his current and anticipated work.

  • The New Empiricists

    May 4, 2015

    For the growing number of empiricists at HLS, there’s nothing quite so satisfying—or unimpeachable—as resolving a thorny, often contentious, legal or policy question through rigorous analysis of cold, hard data.

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    Vermeule co-editor of new online review of books

    March 20, 2015

    Harvard Law School Professor Adrian Vermeule ’93 is the co-editor of a new online review of books, The New Rambler. Co-edited by Vermeule, Stanford University Professor Blakey Vermeule and University of Chicago Law Professor Eric Posner, The New Rambler publishes reviews of books about ideas, including literary fiction.

  • Meet this year’s new HLS faculty

    September 9, 2014

    A host of new faculty members arrived at Harvard Law School this academic year, and over the summer, Dean Martha Minow announced two new faculty who will join HLS in 2015.

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    Oren Bar-Gill, an expert on law and economics, will join the Harvard Law School faculty

    December 2, 2013

    Oren Bar-Gill LL.M. '01 S.J.D. '05, a leading expert on the law and economics of contracts and contracting, will join the faculty of Harvard Law School on July 1, 2014 as a Professor of Law. His areas of research include behavioral law and economics, consumer contracts, contract law and economic analysis of law.