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Representative Projects Supported by the Fund

Artemis Truth and Reconciliation Commission Project. The project establishes a central repository for the collection and preservation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission testimonies and related public documents. The archives will be made available to truth commissions, victims, family members, domestic researchers, and historians.

Carol Rose Conference and Celebration. This event was held in honor of the retirement of Professor Carol Rose, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law and Organization. Participants included some of the leading legal scholars in the United States. 

Connecticut Case Datasets. Available for sale to the public by the state of Connecticut, these datasets were purchased by a Yale Law student doing research with Professor Robert Ellickson into the Connecticut judicial system. The datasets, which contain information on the status and disposition of civil and family cases in Connecticut, are being used for statistical analysis of cases over the past ten years.

Consumer Expectations Project. This field experiment was undertaken by Professor Yair Listokin to examine consumer expectations of default rules and probe how consumers interpret contractual silence by selling goods with different terms.

Cooperation and Conflict Experiments. Designed to increase understanding of the rationality of altruism, these experiments, conducted by Professor Daniel Markovits, investigate whether people who give altruistically do so in a consistent way, while attempting to identify the rules that govern their giving. Possible policy applications include revising the calculus of cost-benefit analysis and changing the means by which tax policy encourages charitable giving.

Cory Booker ’97. Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey, addressed the tenth annual Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Colloquium with a keynote titled “An Urban Mayor’s Perspective on Public Interest Advocacy.”

Cultural Cognition Project. Overseen by Professor Dan Kahan, the project conducts Internet-based surveys and uses the data to explore how cultural orientation affects people’s views on political issues. In March 2007, the Project released results of a study investigating public perceptions of the risks and benefits of nanotechnology.

Death Penalty Empirical Study. Conducted by Yale Law students as part of Professor John Donohue’s Empirical Law and Economics course, this study aims to evaluate empirically whether and to what extent the death penalty has a deterrence effect. The study employs a mix of survey tactics to ascertain what knowledge individuals have about the death penalty within their given jurisdictions and in what way that knowledge affects their behavior.

Democracy Index. Researched and developed by Professor Heather Gerken, the Democracy Index will be a national ranking of U.S. state election practices, including states’ data-disclosure practices and voters’ reported experiences at the polling place. The Index is analogous to efforts in other contexts to create rankings of states’ business climate, nations’ quality of governance and adherence to the rule of law, and private corporations’ good governance.

European and Roman Rare Book Collection Project. This project funded the acquisition, restoration, processing, and preservation of a valuable collection of rare Roman and canon law books and historic German law books from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Bringing this rich collection to the Lillian Goldman Law Library provides Yale scholars and the broader community of researchers with unique insight into the far reaches of legal history.

Graduate Works-in-Progress Symposium. The symposium provides Yale Law graduate students the opportunity to present their research and hear commentary on their papers by Yale Law School faculty and graduates teaching at other law schools.

Hurricane Katrina Relief Law Clinic and Project. Overseen by Professor Robert Solomon, Yale Law students represented clients impacted by Hurricane Katrina and provided support to organizations in the affected areas. Among other things, clinic students worked with lawyers in Louisiana to defend the rights of the incarcerated; authored pamphlets to explain housing rights to citizens; and helped found an education organization to support new charter schools that would educate children returning to New Orleans.

International Conference on Environment and Democracy. Held at Yale through collaboration between Yale University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the conference took stock of contemporary knowledge and theoretical work concerning the relationship between democracy and environment and engaged leading academics and practitioners in developing a research agenda aimed at addressing knowledge gaps from an interdisciplinary perspective.

J.S.D. Student-Faculty Lunches. These lunches are opportunities for Yale Law School doctoral candidates in residence to meet with individual faculty members to learn about and discuss the professor’s areas of expertise, interest, research, and experiences, as well as gain information and insight into pedagogical issues and other topics of concern to the students.

Law and Globalization Workshop. The workshop invites scholars from other universities around the world to present their ongoing research, focusing on the relationship, often reciprocal, between (1) global politics and economics, and (2) the evolution of international and transnational law, and has been hosted by Professors Oona Hathaway, Daniel Markovits, and Alec Stone Sweet.    

Legitimacy and Policing Study. Conducted by Professor Tracey Meares, the study seeks to determine how individuals understand and evaluate police-citizen interactions and how they perceive the legitimacy of the police. Results are intended to improve understanding of the key factors influencing public views about how the police exercise their authority, leading to policy recommendations that could bridge the confidence gap between minority communities and the police who serve them.

National Litigation Project Summer Fellowships. These Fellowships offered two Yale Law students the opportunity to work with Professor Michael Wishnie and the National Litigation Project of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. The Fellows assisted in litigating complex civil liberties cases; conducting original research on issues central to debates regarding the rights of Guantanamo detainees; and developing legal challenges regarding the actions of U.S. contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Oral History Project. Overseen by Yale Law School’s Office of Public Affairs, this is a continuation of an oral history video project begun in 1982 in which senior or emeriti faculty members at Yale Law School are interviewed by junior faculty members in their field.

Postgraduate Fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. This Fellowship affords a graduating Yale Law student or alumnus the opportunity to clerk at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, which was established to facilitate dispute resolution between states, state entities, intergovernmental organizations, and private parties, stands at the juncture between public and private international law. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work on cases involving issues ranging from territorial boundaries and humanitarian law to disputes under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties and commercial contracts.

Pregnancy Discrimination Project. Proposed by Professor William Eskridge, the project consists of a two-year examination of pregnancy discrimination and the “evolution of equality” in the workplace. It includes the collection of oral histories of remarkable women who challenged their second-class citizenship based on pregnancy; the holding of symposiums and workshops; and the publication of a book.

Spatial Separation Project. Overseen by Professor Richard Brooks, the project builds on Professor Brooks’ research on segregation and desegregation in residential and academic settings finding that more racial diversity at the neighborhood and school level may lead to less integration. The project investigates race-based patterns of spatial separation in unpartitioned public places, using mathematical modelling that predicts how groups would cluster in a particular space, to develop a metric for evaluating observed separation.

Student Law Journals' Submission Processes. These processes were streamlined by the purchase of an innovative, Web-based software program that automates administrative tasks. The program enabled editors at the Yale Journal of Health, Policy, Law and Ethics, the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, the Yale Journal on Regulation, and the Yale Law and Policy Review to keep pace with the hundreds of submissions they have been receiving, to improve the quality and promptness of their communications with authors, and to compete more effectively with other schools’ journals to select and publish the top quality scholarship.

The 2008 Conference of Governors on Climate Change. Hosted by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the Yale Project on Climate Change, the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale, the Yale Office of Sustainability, and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the conference celebrated 100 years of conservation history and recognized state-level leadership on addressing global climate change.

The Teaching and Research Fellowship Program in South Asia. This Fellowship offers two Yale Law graduates the opportunity to teach and engage in research at a South Asian law school or law-related school for twelve months.

Workplace Theory and Policy Seminar. Conducted by Professors Robert Gordon and Vicki Schultz, the seminar assembled top legal scholars to examine the theories and policies of work and work-related institutions. Topics included The Origins and Reproduction of Wal-Mart’s Managerial Culture; Supply-Chains, Workers’ Chains and the New World of Retail Supremacy; The Future of Disability Law; and Reframing Justice in a Globalizing World. 

Young International Law Scholars Roundtable. Organized by Professor Oona Hathaway, the roundtable brought together young international scholars from around the country to discuss issues at the cutting edge of legal scholarship. It was held in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Young Scholars Conference on “The ‘New’ New Haven School: International Law—Past, Present & Future,” hosted by the Yale Journal of International Law.