Law, Behavior, and Social Science

Reflecting and advancing recent trends in interdisciplinary legal scholarship, the program in Law, Behavior, and Social Science seeks to broaden and deepen knowledge at the intersection of law and various fields of social science, including economics, behavioral law and economics, empirical legal studies, and psychology. The program capitalizes on the expertise of members of the College's full-time faculty, as well as faculty members from other University departments, including roughly a dozen who hold courtesy appointments at the College of Law. The program seeks to publicize scholarship in the field to scholars, judges, attorneys, and other legal decision-makers in the United States and around the world.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Amitai Aviram – LL.M., J.S.D. University of Chicago; LL.B. Tel Aviv Universit
  • Kenworthey Bilz – A.B. Harvard College; J.D. University of Chicago; M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University
  • Dhammika Dharmapala – Ph.D. University of California;
    M.Ec. University of Western Australia
  • Nuno Garoupa – Ph.D. University of York; LL.M. University of London
  • Rob Kar – Ph.D. University of Michigan; J.D. Yale Law School;
    B.A. Harvard University
  • Robert Lawless – B.S., J.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jennifer Robbennolt – J.D. University of Nebraska College of Law; M.A.,
    Ph.D. University of Nebraska; B.S. Willamette University
  • Arden Rowell – J.D. University of Chicago Law School; B.A. University of Washington
  • Paul Stancil – B.A., J.D. University of Virginia
  • Lesley Wexler – J.D. University of Chicago Law School; B.A. University of Michigan

Website

Illinois Program in Law, Behavior, and Social Science

Program Hosted Lectures

May

5/05
Professor David Zaring, Washington and Lee University School of Law
Litigating the Financial Crisis
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, University of Illinois College of Law - Classroom H

April

4/21
Nicholas Bagley, University of Michigan Law
Medicine as a Public Calling
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, Classroom H

4/07
Lisa Robinson, Harvard School of Public Health
Behavioral Economics, Regulatory Analysis, and the Valuation of Health Risks
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, University of Illinois College of Law - Classroom H

4/02
Professor Gene Robinson, Swanlund Chair and Director, IGB, Allison Bell, Associate Professor, Animal Biology, Ripan Malhi, Associate Professor Anthropology, and Brent Roberts, Professor of Psychology
Panel presentation by members of the Institute of Genomic Biology, headed by Gene Robinson, Director
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center, University of Illinois College of Law

March

3/10
Professor David Engstrom, Stanford Law School
Private Enforcement's Pathways: Lessons from Qui Tam Litigation
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, University of Illinois College of Law - Classroom H

February

2/24
Professor Michael Livermore, University of Virginia School of Law
Partisan Administration
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, University of Illinois College of Law - Classroom H

2/11
Robert Ahdieh, Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Director, Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance
Reanalyzing Costs-Benefit Analysis: Toward a Framework of Function(s) and Form(s)
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center, University of Illinois College of Law

January

1/27
Professor Ed Diener, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
National Accounts of Subjective Well-Being for Policy
1:00 PM - 2:50 PM, University of Illinois College of Law - Classroom H

December

12/10
Professor Deepak Somaya, College of Business, University of Illinois
Is Pro Bono Also Pro Lucrum? Firm-Level Pro Bono Participation, Human Capital Advantages, and Profitability in Law Firms
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center, University of Illinois College of Law

12/05
Professor Bernard Black, Northwestern University Law School
Medical Malpractice Litigation From the Plaintiffs’ Perspective: Lessons From Illinois

This paper is co-authored by Professor  David Hyman, University of Illinois College of Law.  The lecture is co-sponsored by Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science and the Illinois Program in Law and Medicine.


12:00 PM - 1:20 PM, University of Illinois College of Law

April

4/22
William Hubbard, University of Chicago Law
The Paradoxes, Real and Imagined, of Twombly and Iqbal
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F, College of Law

4/08
James Greiner, Harvard Law School
How Effective Are Limited Legal Assistance Programs? A Randomized Experiment in a Massachusetts Housing Court
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

4/01
Kenworthey Bilz, UIUC College of Law
Criminal Punishment and Social Standing
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

March

3/25
Vikramaditya Khanna, University of Michigan Law School
CEO Connectedness and Corporate Frauds
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

3/04
Ruth Aguilera, UIUC College of Business
FOREIGN OWNERSHIP AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PATTERNS: THE BOARD-AUDITOR RELATIONSHIP IN JAPAN
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

February

2/25
Alison Morantz, Stanford Law School
Coal Mine Safety: Do Unions Make a Difference?
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

2/18
Joshua Fischman, Northwestern University School of Law
REUNITING IS AND OUGHT
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

2/11
Valerie Hans, Cornell Law School
To Dollars from Sense: Qualitative to Quantitative Translation in Jury Damage Awards
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

2/04
Stefan Voigt, Institute of Law and Economics, Univ. of Hamburg
Constitutions and Coups
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom F

October

10/23
Brett Freudenberg, Griffith University
Advisors' Consideration of Tax Compliance and other Issues for Choice of Business Form
12:00 PM - 1:20 AM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center

10/05
Katerina Linos, Berkeley Law School
Benchmarks from Abroad - Selling Voters on Health and Family Reform
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center

March

3/27
Matthew Adler, University of Pennsylvania Law
HAPPINESS SURVEYS AND PUBLIC POLICY:WHAT'S THE USE?
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center

3/12
Professor Scott Baker, Washington University
A Theory of Rational Jurisprudenc
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B

3/05
Daniel Chen, Duke University, and Susan Yeh, Penn U.
The Economic Impacts of Eminent Domain

Faculty bio for Professor Yeh


4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B

February

2/27
Rebecca Sandefur, UI Sociology Dept.
Money Isn't Everything: Understanding Moderate Income Households' Use of Lawyers' Services
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B

2/13
Giuseppe Dari Mattiacci, ACLE
The Good Faith Purchaser: Culture, Markets and the Legal System
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B

2/06
David Law, Washington University
Sham Constitutions
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B

January

1/30
Pascoe Pleasance, UCL London
Looking for Justice: The Public Experience of Legal Events
4:30 PM - 6:20 PM, Classroom B1

1/24
Workshop with Charlotte Ku and Paul Diehl
Bridging the International Law-International Relations Divide: Taking Stock of Progress
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Faculty Lounge and Conference Center