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For over 70 years, we’ve conducted rigorous, groundbreaking research used worldwide to help ensure that the law embodies principles like dignity, fairness and justice.
Learning and Practicing Law
Advancing research on legal education and practice, the ABF investigates how the law is practiced both in legal and non-legal settings, including a focus on legal careers and the evolving paths of legal professionals.
Protecting Rights and Accessing Justice
Innovative research through the ABF examines the roles that laws have around the world, with a special focus on protecting vital rights and the ways that people from different communities can access the justice system.
Making and Implementing Law
The ABF analyzes the diverse ways laws are created and practiced in the U.S. and around the world, not just by legal professionals, but also by those who enforce the law and put it into action.
Recent Research Publications
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Law’s Governing Centers: A Global Sociolegal Approach
Disrupting Dignity: Rethinking Power and Progress in LGBTQ Lives
Stephen M. Engel and Timothy S. Lyle
The Making of Lawyers' Careers: Inequality and Opportunity in the American Legal Profession
Robert L. Nelson, Ronit Dinovitzer, Bryant Garth, Joyce Sterling, David B. Wilkins, Meghan Dawe and Ethan Michelson
The Making of Modern US Citizenship and Alienage: The History of Asian Immigration, Racial Capital, and US Law
A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0: Identity and Action in Challenging Times
Hon. Goodwin Liu, Tyler Dang, Katherine Fang and Michael Tayag
Portrait Project 2.0 Policy Brief: Identity and Action in Challenging Times
Tyler Dang, Katherine Fang, Benji Lu, Hon. Goodwin Liu and Michael Tayag
Experts, Democracy and the Historical Irony of U.S. Tax Policy: Thomas S. Adams and the Beginnings of the Value-Added Tax
Ajay K. Mehrotra
The Exonerating "Guise of Brotherhood": Intra-Fraternal Sexual Violence Survivors' Accounts of Illegibility
David Fishman, Laura Beth Nielsen, Sino Esthappan and Laura Beth Nielsen
Buddhism and Comparative Constitutional Law
Tom Ginsburg and Benjamin Schonthal
Brown, History, and the Fourteenth Amendment
Christopher W. Schmidt
Sociolegal Research, the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, and Studying Diversity in Judicial Clerkships
Ajay K. Mehrotra, Shih-Chun Steven Chien and Xiangnong Wang
Civil Procedure as the Regulation of Externalities: Toward a New Theory of Civil Litigation
William H.J. Hubbard and Ronen Avraham