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About Us

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

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Launching the Law & Longtermism Network

We are excited to announce the launch of a new network open to anyone interested in engaging more closely with legal longtermism. Read more and join here.

2022 Multidisciplinary Forum on Longtermism and the Law

Together with the University of Hamburg, we are co-organizing the 2022 Multidisciplinary Forum on Longtermism and the Law on 9-11 June 2022. Abstract submissions are open until February 15.

Podcast episode on legal priorities research

LPP Director Christoph Winter was featured on an episode of the podcast Hear This Idea where he talked about:

  • Our global survey of legal academics about protecting future generations;
  • How constitutional law might best help in this effort;
  • Abstract endangerment of humanity and the "risk of creating risk";
  • What LPP’s research and community-building efforts currently look like;
  • And lots more!

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