Susan Bandes is a scholar in the fields of federal jurisdiction, criminal procedure, and civil rights. She is also a pioneer in the emerging study of the role of emotion in law.

Susan A. Bandes

Emotions are an integral part of human behavior, but the legal system tends to treat them as intrusive or invisible. Drawing on insights from psychology, sociology, neuroscience and other fields, Susan Bandes’ work evaluates the many complex emotions—and assumptions about emotion—that pervade the law.


What Are Victim Impact Statements For?

87 Brooklyn Law Review 1253 (2022)

What Are Victim Impact Statements For?

Twenty-five years after the Supreme Court ruled in their favor, what exactly have victims of crime won? And at what cost? (The Atlantic)

Empathy and Remote Legal Proceedings

51 Southwestern Law Review 20 (2021)

Interview with NPR show:
“To the Best of Our Knowledge.”

Should Judges and Juries Look for Remorse?