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Research and Commentary

  • COVID-19 and the Courts: Lessons from the Pandemic

    COVID-19 forced the civil justice system to restructure almost overnight, as court administrators and judges tried to meet the needs of litigants while also protecting the health of court staff, attorneys, witnesses, and the public. This virtual conference discussed the implications of the pandemic on the courts, including lessons that could be applied to the civil justice system in future.

    Jun 4, 2021

  • What Are the Geopolitical Risks of Geoengineering?

    Geoengineering is the intentional manipulation of an environmental process on Earth to counteract the effects of climate change. Geoengineering implementation could introduce geopolitical risks. This raises the question of whether existing international governance mechanisms can manage these risks.

    May 25, 2021

  • Well-Being in the Legal Community

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice brought together stakeholders in the legal community to discuss attorney mental health and substance abuse, including how legal professionals and educators can improve those factors for students and for professionals in the field.

    May 12, 2021

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Liability and Compensation in the United States

    The United States has two federal compensation systems for people who have been harmed by vaccines. How those systems perform could affect whether some Americans are willing to be vaccinated. This RAND virtual event explored how those who believe that they have been injured by COVID-19 vaccines in the United States can seek compensation and how the two federal compensation systems differ.

    Apr 29, 2021

  • Opioid Litigation: What's New and What Does It Mean for Future Litigation?

    Amid claims that the pharmaceutical industry used misleading tactics to downplay the known harms of prescription opioids, more than 2,000 plaintiffs have joined the largest civil trial in U.S. history: National Prescription Opiate Litigation (MDL 2804). In this symposium, experts discuss the opioid litigation and its effects on the future of mass litigation.

    Feb 9, 2021

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Cross-Border Liability and Compensation

    In this virtual event, experts discuss the challenges in facilitating the global distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and how to prevent liability and compensation concerns from affecting the vaccine supply chain and the uptake of the vaccine by the public.

    Feb 2, 2021

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