Initially funded with a generous grant from The Searle Freedom Trust, the Searle Civil Justice Institute is proud to bear the Searle Family name. The SCJI works with leading academics from George Mason University and other well-respected institutions to provide analytically rigorous, balanced, peer reviewed research on the impact of laws and regulations on our nation's free enterprise system.
The SCJI explores a range of topics through empirical and qualitative research models. Empirical research projects allow a diverse task force of academic experts and members of the SCJI's internal research team to conduct large-scale, peer reviewed research projects with controls on both quality and completion time. These initiatives involve the collection of substantial amounts of data, statistical and econometric analyses, and production of public policy reports. These reports are subject to a balanced peer review process in accordance with the SCJI research protocol and reviewed by the SCJI Board of Overseers. Task force approval ensures that hard facts are part of the policy debates regarding our nation's legal and regulatory environment.
Qualitative law and economics studies, conducted through public policy roundtables and conferences, infuse active policy decisions and critical thinking and research from leading academics. For each roundtable or conference, the SCJI commissions original, high quality research papers that advance the understanding of key issues and drive actionable policy solutions. To ensure that each research paper reflects a frontline perspective, the SCJI hosts events that include the authors, policymakers, practicing lawyers, judges, leading academics, and other interested parties who read the papers in advance and come prepared to offer constructive feedback. These events serve as forums for informed and active debate and provide a full vetting of the papers before they are posted online and published in symposia issues of law reviews.