The Center for Policy & Research provides law students with an uncommon opportunity to gain experience in forensic analysis and investigation through research into national policies and practices.  Expanding their knowledge beyond legal doctrine, students participating in the Center as Fellows gain proficiency in identifying patterns and inconsistencies, and uncovering the truth that can help shape the law and public policy.

The mission of the Center for Policy & Research is rooted in a dedication to scholarly learning, practical training, and impact.  Pattern recognition, factual evaluation, and careful use of data are essential for both the practice of law and the application of legal doctrine to real world problems.  The Center offers students a unique opportunity to work with facts and data, to find and develop patterns from large quantities of information, and to evaluate the significance of what they discover.

Under the direction of Professor Mark Denbeaux, the Center’s work focuses on three key areas: Interrogation & Intelligence, National Security, and Forensics.  Among the Center’s high-profile projects are the world-renowned Guantanamo Reports, which were originally spurred from Professor Denbeaux’s representation of two Guantanamo detainees.  The Reports were developed by analyzing the government’s own data through the systematic review of over 100,000 pages of government documents procured through the Freedom of Information Act.  The Guantanamo Reports have been widely cited, published, and reported throughout the world.

Click here for more information about our research fellows.


Editorial Board:

Paul Taylor, Co-Executive Editor
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Policy & Research

Kelly Ann Taddonio, Co-Executive Editor
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Policy & Research

Christopher Whitten, Managing Editor
Research Fellow, Center for Policy & Research

Alexandra Kutner, Managing Editor
Research Fellow, Center for Policy & Research


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