Cass Sunstein

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Cass Sunstein

Cass R. Sunstein is a prominent law professor who has written several papers on terrorism exploring aspects of risk, probability and public policy. He is a friend of Barack Obama's. Sunstein and Richard Thaler's 2008 book Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness has influenced aspects of the UK Government's approach to non-regulatory interventions since 2010. This approach is evident in the development of the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team. [1]

Education and Career

From the University of Chicago Law School:

Cass R. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters. Mr. Sunstein is a member of the Department of Political Science as well as the Law School.[2]


Relevant Publications


  • Cass R Sunstein, Why groups go to extremes (Washington, D.C.: AEI Press, 2008) (ISBN: 9780844742670; 0844742678)
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Worst-case scenarios (Harvard University Press, 2007) (ISBN: 9780674025103; 0674025105)
  • Cass R. Sunstein, Laws of fear: beyond the precautionary principle (Cambridge University Press, 2005) (ISBN: 0521848237; 9780521848237; 0521615127; 9780521615129)
  • Cass R Sunstein, On the divergent American reactions to terrorism and climate change (AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 2006)
  • Richard Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein, Nudge:Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Yale University Press, 2008) (ISBN: 9780300122237)


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  1. House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Publications CHAPTER 5: THE GOVERNMENT APPROACH TO CHANGING BEHAVIOUR accessed 21st September 2011
  2. The University of Chicago THE LAW SCHOOL, Cass Sunstein, (accessed 12 June 2008)