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

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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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    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.

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    When an Autonomous Vehicle Is Hacked, Who Is Liable?

    Jul 12, 2019

    Hacks on autonomous vehicles could lead to deaths, property destruction, ransomware attacks, or data theft. Several scenarios illustrate the policy challenges facing the civil legal system, insurers, and others.

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

    May 13, 2019

    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.

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    Content Analysis of Cyber Insurance Policies: How Do Carriers Price Cyber Risk?

    Apr 30, 2019

    The market for insuring against data breach losses has grown rapidly in the past decade, but little is known about how insurers price cyber risk. An analysis of cyber insurance policies filed with state insurance commissioners provides important information about how carriers understand and price cyber risks.

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    The Role of Health Care Liens in Litigation and Recovery

    Nov 20, 2018

    Third-party liens have increasingly become an issue in resolving mass litigation events. As lien rights grow, liens will almost certainly become more frequent and command a greater share of recovery funds.