The Georgetown Law Lab supports a broad range of research programs.

Core Research Areas


Experimental Jurisprudence

A central research focus is in "experimental jurisprudence," or experimental philosophy of law.

This approach, which the lab understands as continuous with some aims of traditional jurisprudence, seeks to contribute data that clarifies important legal concepts.

For example, we study how people make judgments about what is "reasonable," or what was done "intentionally."


Empirical Interpretation

What is the "ordinary meaning" of contract terms or statutory provisions, or the "original public meaning" of the  Constitution?

Increasingly, these questions are theorized as involving an "ordinary person's" understanding of the relevant language. Empirical methods can provide insight into what legal texts communicate to an ordinary person.


Comparative Law

Does law have a universal "essence", or does it differ across cultures?


"Reasonableness" standards appear in diverse legal jurisdictions--are those standards understood in fundamentally the same way across all these different jurisdictions?


We address these questions in a collaboration with the "Experimental Jurisprudence Cross Cultural Study Swap," a research collaborative across Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and the U.S.


Health Law & Bioethics

An important research focus on health law and bioethics addresses questions like:

Are certain types of requests in an advance directives more likely to be followed?

Does tort law disincentivize physicians from providing "personalized" or precision-medicine treatments?

Additional Research Areas

Legal Coding Project

Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Text as Data

Legal Education


Identity and the Self

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