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Valerie Hans
Contact Information
Cornell Law School
104 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-0095
Fax: (607) 255-7193
Valerie Hans Professor of Law

Professional Biography

Valerie Hans conducts empirical studies of law and the courts, and is one of the nation's leading authorities on the jury system. Trained as a social scientist, she has carried out extensive research and lectured around the globe on juries and jury reforms as well as the uses of social science in law. She is the author or editor of 6 books and over 100 research articles. Current projects on the American jury include developing a new theory of damage awards, analyzing how jury service promotes civic engagement, examining the impact of race in tort decisions, and researching the jury’s role in the death penalty. Professor Hans is also studying the introduction of juries and other forms of citizen participation in other countries, including Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, and Taiwan. Her books include Business on Trial: The Civil Jury and Corporate Responsibility (2000); The Jury System: Contemporary Scholarship (2006); and two books coauthored with Neil Vidmar: Judging the Jury (1986) and American Juries: The Verdict (2007).


B.A., University of California at San Diego, 1973
M.A., University of Toronto, 1974
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1978