Professor Thorley is an Associate Professor of Law.
His research explores how the rules, procedures, and practices currently utilized in the U.S. courtroom impact the behavior of judges, attorneys, and parties and how that behavior then influences the implementation and efficacy of those rules. In exploring these issues, he employs his training as a field experimentalist to conduct empirical evaluations that are both informed by the realities of the legal system and methodologically rigorous.
His work covers a number of substantive areas, with a particular focus on court procedure and criminal law. Professor Thorley also produces well recognized scholarship on the growing role that randomized field experiments should play in the study and development of law, procedure, and policy.