The Civil Justice Research
Initiative explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based
and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made
more available to everyone seeking relief.


Rank of the united States among 113 countries in “accessibility and affordability of civil justice.”


Number of people in the United States living with civil justice problems, many involving basic human needs like housing, health care and custody of their children.


The percent of the civil legal problems reported by low income Americans for which they received inadequate or no legal help.


5.1B People Lack Access to Justice, Landmark Report Finds

For the first time ever, a collection of world leaders and justice advocates have quantified the challenge facing the United Nations’ stated goal of ensuring equal access to justice for all by the year 2030.


Democracy’s Last Line of Defense:  A Symposium on How and Why to Preserve the Rule of Law and an Independent, Impartial Judiciary

Featuring leading figures from the legal, judicial, political, academic and media worlds. Organized by the CJRI in collaboration with the National Judicial College, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Berkeley Judicial Institute and Robins Kaplan, LLP.

Thursday, May 26, 2022, Chicago


Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases

The Civil Justice Research Initiative recently published a report Medical Legal Partnerships in Asylum Cases, authored by Anjali Niyogi, Hiroko Kusuda and Serena Chaudhry.  Read the paper here.