Policy Initiatives

The Chicago Policy Initiatives, designed in the spirit of the Chicago Jury Project of the 1950’s, are one of the most ambitious of the recently expanded intellectual and practical programs underway at the Law School.

Animal Law Policy Initiative

The Animal Law Policy Initiative, sponsored by the McCormick Companions' Fund, encourages student and faculty research into legal issues surrounding companion animals.

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Climate Change Online

Climate change is one of the defining problems of our time.  The scientific research on climate change is well developed, and researchers have many sources for understanding what research has been done on a particular topic and what questions remain open.  The policy implications, however, remain uncertain.  This is in part because far fewer resources have been devoted to understanding the policy implications of climate change.  It is also in part because of the lack of good mechanisms for gathering and exchanging information related to climate policy.  There are a variety of journals that publish on climate policy, many organizations have climate research centers, and there are a large number of blogs, but there is no place where a researcher or interested citizen can quickly find out what the most current and best thinking is on a topic, where it has been published, or what underlying data support that view.  The information on climate policy is dispersed across many resources and individuals.

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Foster Care to Adulthood

This protocol, developed by students and Professor Emily Buss in the course of a workshop at the University of Chicago Law School, is designed to assist those interested in reforming the law and the legal process to improve foster youths’ transition from foster care to adulthood.

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Kanter Project on Mass Incarceration

Professor Bernard Harcourt's Kanter Project on Mass Incarceration focused on the problem of institutionalization in the United States and sought ways to successfully decarcerate the country. The project was organized around several different initiatives, ranging from collaborative efforts with other funding organizations to support work in this area, to public lectures, and conferences that brought together politicians, lawmakers, policymakers, social theorists, and academics. This project was completed in 2013. 

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