Austin Peters

Austin Peters is a graduate of Stanford Law School and the Stanford Ph.D. program in political science. His research uses natural language processing, machine learning, and other data science tools to study various topics within civil procedure and statutory interpretation. His work has been published (or is forthcoming) in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Northwestern University Law Review. He is currently clerking on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

State-Level Private Enforcement Is Much More Complicated Than Previously Thought

Most of the scholarship on private enforcement, in which individual citizens sue to enforce legal statutes, has focused on federal-level laws. In new research, Diego A. Zambrano, Neel Guha, Austin Peters, and Jeffrey Xia show how expansive and messy state-level private enforcement statutes are, and explain why previous theories on private enforcement do not explain the dynamic among the states. They conclude that research on state-level private enforcement demands much more attention than previously provided.

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