RAND Institute for Civil Justice

Since 1979, the RAND Institute for Civil Justice has been dedicated to making the civil justice system more efficient and more equitable. Our research is supported by pooled grants from corporations, trade and professional associations, and individuals; by government grants and contacts; and by private foundations. The Institute disseminates its work widely to the legal, business, and research communities, and to the general public.

Featured Research

Research and Commentary

  • A Spotlight on the Supreme Court, and Its Vacancy

    Jul 19, 2016

    More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench. But they appear unlikely to get it soon.

  • Designing Compensation Funds After Man-Made and Natural Disasters

    Jul 6, 2016

    Man-made and natural disasters in the United States frequently cause personal injury and property damage to dozens, and sometimes even thousands, of people. After such disasters, victim compensation programs are sometimes created to compensate those affected. The design of such programs requires balancing the objectives of various stakeholders.

  • Operations, Compliance, and Accountability in Corporate Political Spending

    Jun 23, 2016

    Relatively few companies have implemented compliance mechanisms and programs in support of their corporate political spending. A roundtable symposium considered key questions in operations, compliance, ethics, and transparency in political disclosure.

  • How Do Victim Compensation Funds Impact a Victim’s Likelihood to Sue?

    Jan 15, 2016

    Victim compensation funds have become common following incidents of mass violence. But there is a gap in understanding of how such funds affect victims’ attitudes towards, and their willingness to engage in, tort litigation.

  • Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance

    Jan 1, 2015

    The RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, or CCEG, is committed to improving public understanding of corporate ethics, law, and governance, and to identifying specific ways that businesses can operate ethically, legally, and profitably at the same time.

  • Tool Created to Help Multinational Companies Assess Risk of Bribery When Doing Business in Foreign Countries

    Nov 11, 2014

    Corruption can hinder global business investment — particularly in emerging markets — but multinational companies often have difficulty assessing the business bribery risk in other countries. A new tool, called the TRACE Matrix, can help.

  • Making It More Difficult to Sue Physicians for Malpractice May Not Reduce 'Defensive Medicine'

    Oct 15, 2014

    Malpractice reform has been advocated by many experts as a key to reining in health care costs. Three states raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to gross negligence, but that did not translate into less-expensive care.

  • What if Distracted Driving Was Safe?

    Jul 1, 2014

    According to consumer research, the ability to consume media, write an email, or even sleep during transport is a key selling point for self-driving cars, which could be available in the near future. Autonomous vehicle technology could also produce a wide range of public benefits.