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.

Research and Commentary

  • The Public Health Value of Opioid Litigation

    Jul 31, 2020

    Opioid litigation is not a comprehensive solution to the opioid crisis, but it can complement other strategies and infuse much needed money, behavior changes, and public accountability for prescription opioid and related harms.

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    Key Questions to Ask in Designing a Pandemic Risk Insurance Program

    Jul 27, 2020

    Congress is considering establishing an insurance program that would make business interruption coverage for pandemics less expensive and more widely available. We have identified several key questions that policymakers could consider when designing a pandemic risk insurance program.

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    The Justice System and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Policymakers

    Apr 20, 2020

    From closed courts to increased risk for first responders, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges for the justice system. RAND research provides insights that may be helpful as decisionmakers try and address some of these issues.

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    Securing Communications in the Quantum Computing Age

    Apr 9, 2020

    Quantum computers are expected to revolutionize computing. But hackers may be able to use them to crack the encryption system that protects all digital communications. How soon could this scenario become a reality? And what can be done to prevent it?

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    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice: 40th Anniversary Reflections

    Nov 6, 2019

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ) has supplied government and private decisionmakers and the public with the results of objective, empirically based, analytic research. In this era of Truth Decay, the diminishing role of facts and analysis in public life, the ICJ's mission and research have never been more important.

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    Allocating Costs for California Wildfires

    Jul 24, 2019

    Wildfires in California have caused and will likely continue to cause substantial losses for residents, businesses, and government agencies. It is important to distribute these losses in a manner that provides incentives to reduce their magnitude over time.