And the ‘Torty’ goes to…

And the ‘Torty’ goes to…

This year, Jon Hanson challenged his torts students to create short documentaries about how tort law might apply to social issues and problems on the edge of the law’s reach. This challenge culminated in the inaugural Torty Awards–a screening and ceremony celebrating their inventive films on climate change, driverless cars, and the Flint water crisis.

Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic Professor Chris Bavitz discusses some of the concerns and opportunities of risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform efforts, and the Berkman Klein Center’s work on Ethics and Governance of AI initiative in partnership with the MIT Media Lab.

From Watergate to Russian election hacking, former special prosecutors reflect on the role of independent counsels

From Watergate to Russian election hacking, former special prosecutors reflect on the role of independent counsels

As part of Harvard Law School’s bicentennial summit, a panel, “Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels: Investigating the White House and the President of the United States,” gathered six Harvard alumni and faculty members who’ve been involved with nearly every high-profile investigation, from Watergate to Whitewater, to the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity.

For politics, a ray of hope

For politics, a ray of hope

At a time when American politics are beset by deep divisions and regular paralysis, five U.S. senators–Tim Kaine, Jack Reed, Mark Warner, Tom Cotton, and Elizabeth Warren–told a Harvard Law School audience Friday that there is real reason for concern, yet some hope for their institution and the country.

Law Review launches new online platform

Harvard Law Review launches new online platform

The Harvard Law Review has announced the launch of the Harvard Law Review Blog, a new platform created to encourage timely discussion of current legal issues, and to connect readers to today’s leading legal scholars and practitioners, providing regular expert analysis of recent legislation, the latest legal theories, and pending cases across the country.

Trusting your freedom to a machine (or not)

Trusting your freedom to a machine (or not)

Experts gathered at Harvard Law School on Oct. 10 to examine the potential for bias as our decision-making intelligence becomes ever more artificial at an event titled “Programing the Future of AI: Ethics, Governance, and Justice,” held at Wasserstein Hall as part of HUBweek, an annual citywide celebration of art, science, and technology.

Spotlight on populist plutocrats: A Q&A with Matthew Stephenson

Spotlight on populist plutocrats

In advance of a conference on Saturday, Sept. 23 at HLS, Harvard Law Professor Matthew Stephenson spoke with the Harvard Gazette about the global phenomenon of “populist plutocrats:” politicians who exploit anti-elite sentiment to win elections, then use the presidency to advance the interests of themselves and their allies.