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Research and Commentary

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    Disclosure of Software Supply Chain Risks

    The exploitation of software vulnerabilities has caused billions of dollars of damage and losses to companies across the world. The complexity and of the modern software ecosystem mean that firms are more separated from the oversight of the software that runs their businesses and increasingly exposed to risks. Could the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission implement disclosure rules to address software supply chain security?

    May 26, 2022

  • A worker at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar in Smyrna, Georgia, April 27, 2020, photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

    Worker and Employer Experiences with COVID-19 and the California Workers' Compensation System

    Given workplace risks from COVID-19, California policymakers passed Senate Bill (SB) 1159 to facilitate access to workers' compensation benefits for frontline workers. This report reviews the literature on worker and employer experiences surrounding COVID-19 and workers' compensation benefits.

    Feb 4, 2022

  • Corner Market cashier Effren Luckett (right) wears a mask while serving customers that don't always do the same in Jackson, Mississippi, October 26, 2021, photo by Barbara Gauntt/USA Today via Reuters

    Workers' Compensation and COVID-19

    As the pandemic continues, states vary on whether or how to allow workers to seek compensation for a COVID-19 diagnosis. It's too early to know the full costs, effects, and efficacy of these efforts, but now is a good time for policymakers to consider all the arguments for and against coverage.

    Jan 11, 2022

  • A Chinese meteorological department worker burns catalyst for cloud seeding and snowmaking to end drought in Beijing, China, February 17, 2009, photo by Oriental Image via Reuters

    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

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    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

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    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

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