Law

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California Coastal Commission decision-making process appears stable and consistent, Stanford research shows

Stanford scholar Iris Hui found that the California Coastal Commission approaches decisions through a consistent process. For her analysis, she used "text mining" to examine the commission's record.

Engineering team tackles police reports

Stanford engineers' 'Law, Order & Algorithms' data project aims to identify bias in the criminal justice system

A team of engineers uses computational analysis tools to scrape information from police-related incidents to reveal discrimination and reduce crime.

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Stanford experts find flaws in Khmer Rouge Tribunal judgment

A report by Stanford legal experts criticizes the trial proceedings and judgment of two Khmer Rouge leaders who were convicted in 2014 for the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s.

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Oregon standoff latest protest in long-running controversy over Western lands, Stanford experts say

Stanford law professors say the armed protestors in Oregon reflect a misreading of constitutional law and the history of federal land management in the West.

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Stanford researchers study how to reduce deadly police force in Rio de Janeiro

Stanford researchers seek better strategies to control the lethal use of police force in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their findings offer implications for police and communities elsewhere, as the researchers are studying how social and psychological factors affect police and how body-worn cameras can be used most efficiently.

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California's early release of prisoners proving effective so far, Stanford experts say

Stanford legal scholars say that California's early release of prisoners has not resulted in a rise in crime. To reduce the imprisonment rates, policymakers need to focus on rehabilitation, crime prevention and root causes of crime such as wealth inequality and poor public education.

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Targeted policy actions could help discourage obesity, Stanford expert says

Stanford law Professor Deborah Rhode suggests that a societal strategy involving public awareness, new taxes, enhanced zoning regulations and tougher restrictions on food marketing and packaging could alleviate the obesity epidemic.

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New approach could help reduce bias in research, Stanford scholar says

Stanford law Professor Robert MacCoun writes in a new journal article that "blind analysis" could decrease bias in higher education research. In blind analysis, researchers analyzing data cannot see the true results until they have completed the research.

Man behind bars

Rewarding good behavior of prisoners is a benefit to society, Stanford expert says

Stanford law Professor A. Mitchell Polinsky found that rewarding good behavior of prisoners, with reduced sentences or parole, decreases costs for society without increasing crime.

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2015 Bright Award recipient guides corporate leaders to more sustainable business practices

Polly Courtice, director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, was honored Tuesday at Stanford Law School with the 2015 Stanford Bright Award for her efforts in guiding thousands of business leaders to more sustainable business practices.  

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Legal, ethical response needed from US, Europe on Mideast refugee crisis, Stanford expert says

Stanford law Professor James Cavallaro said Europe should follow established international law on Middle East refugees and create new approaches that respond to the crisis in a humanitarian way.

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Stanford announces 2015 Stanford Bright Award recipient

The annual prize recognizes unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability. Polly Courtice has won the 2015 award for her efforts in guiding thousands of business leaders to more sustainable business practices.  

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John Henry Merryman, Stanford art law pioneer, dies at 95

An internationally renowned expert on art and cultural property law as well as comparative law, Merryman dedicated his life to the study and teaching of law at Stanford.

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Stanford expert endorses push for federal prison sentencing reform

Stanford School of Law Professor David Sklansky advocates overhauling federal prison sentencing guidelines that have locked up millions of Americans – many of them young black men – for nonviolent crimes. One big problem is the proliferation of mandatory minimum sentencing laws.

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New U.S. policies can discourage trophy hunting, Stanford expert says

Stanford legal scholar David J. Hayes says that the American government and policymakers can take measures to help reduce sport hunting of endangered wildlife populations around the world.