USC Gould Search

Centers and Initiatives
USC Gould School of Law

  • Center for Law and Philosophy

    Center for Dispute Resolution

    Led by award-winning faculty experts, the Center for Dispute Resolution at USC Gould School of Law offers thorough preparation in arbitration, mediation and negotiation through its distinct degree and certificate programs.

  • Center for Law and Philosophy

    Center for Law and Philosophy (CLP)

    Devoted to advancing interdisciplinary scholarship in legal, moral and political philosophy, the center is a partner in the peer-reviewed, online Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy. A joint project of USC Gould and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the center also holds conferences, workshops and other activities that enhance the study of law and philosophy.

  • Center for Law and Social Science

    Center for Law and Social Science (CLASS)

    The center leverages USC's excellence in legal scholarship and across the social sciences — spanning economics, political science, psychology, sociology and other fields — to develop sound policies for a fairer society and more productive economy. The center coordinates a wide variety of scholarly work and events promoting cross-disciplinary communication of ideas and practices to achieve these goals.

  • Center for Law, History and Culture

    Center for Law, History and Culture (CLHC)

    The center brings together faculty from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and USC Gould to encourage the study of law as an historical and cultural institution. In addition to supporting emerging scholars, the center sponsors activities including faculty workshops, book talks, seminars and conferences.

  • Center for Transnational Law and Business

    Center for Transnational Law and Business (CTLB)

    The center provides a scholarly home for debate on what can and should be demanded of global businesses, which face regulation by numerous and varied legal regimes. It facilitates expanded interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching and research, and brings together leading academics, practitioners and policymakers from across the country and around the world. The center produces scholarly research and policy proposals on transnational business activity and regulation; facilitates discussion among thought leaders by convening conferences and policy forums; and trains a new generation of attorneys and policymakers for leadership in the field.

  • Initiative and Referendum Institute

    Initiative and Referendum Institute (IRI)

    The nonpartisan institute focuses on the two most important processes of direct democracy: initiatives and referenda. The institute is a preeminent resource for information about these procedures, producing updated guides of how they function in each state. Continually working to educate the public about direct democracy, the institute is frequently relied on by media outlets from ABC News and NPR to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    The Pacific Center examines diverse perspectives concerning the ethical dimensions of healthcare, biomedical research and medical education to advance better health for everyone. The center's research informs policymakers at all levels, builds consensus and coalitions, and serves as a vital educational resource on such issues as control over dying, use of biotechnology and access to care.

  • Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

    Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics

    The Saks Institute fosters interdisciplinary, collaborative research among scholars and policymakers into issues of mental illness and mental health. Studies explore the intersections of law, mental health and ethics to influence public policy and advocate for improved treatment of people with mental illness.

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

Bloomberg Tax
January 18, 2023
Re: Michael Simkovic

Michael Simkovic recently discussed how many crypto firms are working to reorganize after the economic market downturns. “Cryptocurrency firms basically have to answer the question, ‘What is the value that they provide that existing financial institutions cannot provide just as well,’” Simkovic said.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Jonathan Barnett
December, 2022

"The China Innovation Challenge," Center for Strategic & International Studies, Washington, D.C., December 9, 2022.

Robin Craig
December, 2022

"The Clean Water Act and the Ocean: An Unfulfilled Promise," 14 Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law 3-44 (2022).

Robin Craig
December, 2022

"Rights of Nature Is Becoming a U.S. Reality," Natural Resources & Environment (Online December 2, 2022; in print Winter 2023).