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Programs & Centers

Constitutional Law

  • The Stanford Constitutional Law Center, founded by former dean Kathleen M. Sullivan and now led by Michael W. McConnell, continues Stanford Law School's tradition of excellence in constitutional law scholarship.

Criminal Justice

Environmental Law

International Law

  • The China Guiding Cases Project (CGCP) is a groundbreaking initiative of Stanford Law School.  It aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law and to enable judges and legal experts both inside and outside of China to contribute to the evolution of Chinese case law through ongoing dialogue on “guiding cases” (指导性案例) released by China’s Supreme People’s Court.

  • Through examining critical connections between law, society, economy, and polity and the demand for legal tools and resources, the Rule of Law Program’s analyses and country specific projects help to create, articulate, and channel legal resources to meet this demand. The Rule of Law Program has launched student-driven projects in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Timor-Leste, Kurdistan, and most recently, Rwanda. 

  • Explores the barriers to the resolution of intractable international and inter-group political conflict and, working in close collaboration with practitioners engaged in peace-making efforts, seeks to develop strategies to overcome those barriers.

  • The mission of the Stanford Law School Human Rights Center (the Center) is to promote events, research, student engagement, publications, public understanding, practical engagement and policy development in the area of international human rights and global social justice.  The Center works closely with the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. (updated Aug. 1, 2014)

  • Unites Stanford Law School’s wide-ranging teaching, research, applied, clinical, and extracurricular programs focusing on international and comparative law.

Law and Society

  • The Stanford Program in Law and Society is a student-run program aimed at promoting and advancing socio-legal interdisciplinary scholarship.

Law, Economics and Business

Law, Science and Technology

  • At the Center for E-Commerce scholars, policymakers, practicing lawyers, industry executives, and Stanford Law students explore the challenging questions surrounding online business activity.

  • The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law. CIS strives to inform the design of both technology and law in furtherance of important public policy goals such as privacy, free speech, innovation and scientific inquiry.

  • The Center for Law and the Biosciences (CLB) examines bioscience discoveries – in genetics, neuroscience, stem cell research, and other fields – in the context of the law, weighing their impact on society and the law's role in shaping that impact.

  • CodeX, a partnership between the Law School and the Department of Computer Science, explores how information technology can enhance legal processes and practices, and empower all parties in our legal system.

  • Provides legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of "fair use" in order to enhance creative freedom.

  • Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science and Technology (LST) explores one of the most highly charged fields of study in law today. People working on this continuously evolving frontier face complex issues including patent reform, copyright and privacy issues arising on the Internet, legal and ethical issues surrounding new discoveries in the biosciences, and issues surrounding technologies that promise to make the legal system more efficient. Through interdisciplinary research and teaching, the Program produces cutting-edge scholarship and trains the next generation of leaders in the field.

  • The Stanford Neurosciences Institute is creating the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), a multidisciplinary initiative to study how neuroscience affects society, and to bring neuroscientists knowledge of human behavior and cognition from scholars in law, education and business. Through SPINS, SNI will create cooperative dialogue and partnership between these disciplines. After all, our nervous systems evolved to produce behavior, which neuroscience seeks to explain. SPINS will be based in the Stanford Law School and directed by law professor Hank Greely. Anthony D. Wagner, professor of psychology and neuroscience, will be the deputy director.

  • The Transatlantic Technology Law Forum addresses technology-related issues in law and policy that affect the Transatlantic marketplace.

Legal Profession and Legal Ethics

Negotiation and Mediation

Public Interest Law

  • The mission of the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School is two-fold. Internally at the law school, the Center provides a rich resource for students who are interested in exploring or already committed to advancing the public good and achieving social justice through the law. Our research agenda is focused externally – to support the development and health of the public interest legal field, with a particular interest within the US in legal services for the indigent, and internationally regarding the interaction of international human rights mechanisms with domestic reform efforts.