Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop

Posted On September 13, 2019

February 21, 2020 – February 22, 2020

The Computational Justice Lab at Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, California

Call for Papers 

The first Endogenous Rules, Risk & Legal Institutions Workshop will be hosted this year on February 21-22, 2020 in the Computational Justice Lab at Claremont Graduate University. The workshop will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm on February 21 and 9:00am – 2:00pm on February 22, as well as a group dinner on February 21.

Workshop Description

Although societies, groups and organizations often deliberate over and develop sets of laws and rules, the application of these rules often differ from what is codified. This is particularly true for legal institutions where legal precedent, norms and extra-legal pressures can result in legal actors developing informal sets of rules or procedures. Such endogenous rules and legal institutions are used in carrying out everyday tasks in the criminal justice system. The evolution of these rules or heuristics can have a considerable impact on legal outcomes, but can be difficult to discern without deep knowledge of the incentives faced by the relevant decision-makers. Examples of such rules include:

  • The relationship between bail decisions and prior criminal behavior
  • Pre-screening for individuals admitted into diversionary programs
  • The pressures on and promises of elected positions to change existing practices
  • Plea bargaining through the lens of the Courtroom Workgroup
  • The role of collaborative courts in reducing recidivism
  • The response of local-level criminal justice actors to imposed higher-level policies

The goal of this workshop is to showcase recent contributions that enhance our understanding of endogenous rules within legal institutions. By design, we want the workshop to be interdisciplinary and open to any methodological approach.

Our keynote speakers are Steven Raphael and Shawn Bushway. Other confirmed speakers include Eric Helland, Mark Hoekstra, Megan Stevenson, and Aurelie Ouss.

All interested researchers are invited to submit a paper, or just to attend this workshop. To submit an abstract or register (there is no fee) please submit to: computationaljusticelab@gmail.com.

  • Deadline for submission: November 1, 2019
  • Notification of accepted papers: November 15, 2019


Hotel and meals will be covered for those presenting a paper. There is no registration fee required for speakers or attendees.