Legal Priorities Research: A Research Agenda

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Christoph Winter

Harvard University; Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; Legal Priorities Project

Jonas Schuett

Legal Priorities Project; Centre for the Governance of AI; Goethe University Frankfurt

Eric Martínez

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Suzanne Van Arsdale

Harvard Law School

Renan Araújo

Legal Priorities Project

Nick Hollman

Legal Priorities Project

Jeff Sebo

New York University (NYU)

Andrew Stawasz

Harvard Law School

Cullen O'Keefe

OpenAI; Legal Priorities Project; Centre for the Governance of AI

Giuliana Rotola

European Southern Observatory

Date Written: January 7, 2021

Abstract

What are the greatest risks and opportunities for humanity, and what is the role that multidisciplinary-informed legal research can take? How can we prioritize so as to increase the chance of a flourishing and long-lasting future of humanity? How can we cooperate most effectively with those whom we will never meet, but whose lives lie in our hands? Choosing to address these questions and prioritizing carefully among them may be one of the great opportunities of our time to positively change the human trajectory, and is the guiding theme of this agenda.

Our research agenda is divided into three parts. In the first part, we argue that cause prioritization in legal research is both important and neglected, provide an overview of our philosophical foundations, and describe our methodological approach. In the second part, we present our current focus areas (namely, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, institutional design, and meta-research), identify promising research projects, and provide an overview of relevant literature. In the final part, we discuss two cause areas for further engagement (namely, space governance and animal law).

Keywords: future generations, longtermism, prioritization, artificial intelligence, biosecurity, institutional design, space law, animal law

JEL Classification: K00, K12, K14, K21, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Winter, Christoph and Schuett, Jonas and Martínez, Eric and Van Arsdale, Suzanne and Araújo, Renan and Hollman, Nick and Sebo, Jeff and Stawasz, Andrew and O'Keefe, Cullen and Rotola, Giuliana, Legal Priorities Research: A Research Agenda (January 7, 2021). Legal Priorities Project Working Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3931256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3931256

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Eric Martínez

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Suzanne Van Arsdale

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Renan Araújo

Legal Priorities Project ( email )

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Nick Hollman

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Jeff Sebo

New York University (NYU) ( email )

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Andrew Stawasz

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Cullen O'Keefe

OpenAI ( email )

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Centre for the Governance of AI ( email )

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Giuliana Rotola

European Southern Observatory ( email )

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