Publications & Press

My Publications

Here are pieces that I have written.

The work from 2010 and before originate out of my research into the design of human rights and ethnic minority movements. This was the subject of my writing and research from my undergraduate days at University of Chicago, through my Master’s at Central European University, and culminating in my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast.  My driving question was how disenfranchised groups could use non-violent, human rights-based tactics to their political advantage — and what ethical and diplomatic challenges this repertoire caused.

Since 2010 — since I began my study of law and design — my interests have shifted towards how design process and methods may make the power of law more accessible to more people.  Like with my earlier work, I am still motivated by how the disenfranchised may level the playing field and gain access to power.  Now, though, my work is more project-based and grounded in design work, rather than strictly social science research.

Law By Design, a free and open working prototype of a book, describing my key process and insights in bringing law and design together

A Visual Approach to Law, Margaret Hagan, presentation to the University of Michigan Law School, Spring 2017.

Hagan, Margaret D. (forthcoming). “Design Thinking for Law,” In ​Legal Informatics​, University of Cambridge Press, edited by Daniel Katz and Ron Dolin.

Hagan, Margaret D. and Daniel Bernal. “Redesigning Justice Innovation: A Standardized Methodology,” ​Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Hagan, Margaret D. (2019). “Participatory Design for Innovation in Access to Justice.” ​Daedalus Winter.

Hagan, Margaret D. (2019). “The Justice Is in the Details: Evaluating Different Self-Help Designs for Legal Capability in Traffic Court.” ​Journal of Open Access to the Law​ 7 (1).

Hagan, Margaret D. (2019). “Exploding the Fine Print: Designing Visual, Interactive, Consumer-Centric Contracts and Disclosures.” In ​Legal Tech, Smart Contracts and Blockchain. Perspectives in Law, Business and Innovation,​ edited by Marco Corrales, M. Fenwick, and Helena Haapio, 93–122. Singapore: Springer. ​​.

Palmirani, Monica, Arianna Rossi, Michele Martoni, and Margaret Hagan (2018). “A Methodological Framework to Design a Machine-Readable Privacy Icon Set.”​JusletterIT,​ no. February.

Hagan, Margaret D (2018). “A Human-Centered Design Approach to Access to Justice: Generating New Prototypes and Hypotheses for Interventions to Make Courts User-Friendly.” Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality​ 6 (2): 199–239.

Hagan, Margaret D. and Miso Kim (2017). “Design for Dignity and Procedural Justice.” In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Proceedings of the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference, 2017. Springer Press. Available at SSRN:

Ozenc, F. Kursat and Margaret D. Hagan (2017). “Ritual Design: Crafting Team Rituals for Meaningful Organizational Change” In Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, Proceedings of the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference, 2017.

The User Experience of the Internet as a Legal Help Service, Margaret Hagan, Virginia Journal of Law and Technology, November 2016.

Designing 21st Century Disclosures for Financial Decision Making, Margaret Hagan, White Paper, Stanford Law School, Summer 2016.

User Centered Privacy Communication Design, Margaret Hagan, SOUPS conference, Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security, Denver, Summer 2016.

Design Patterns for Contracts, Helena Haapio and Margaret Hagan, 2016

User Centered Legal Design, a short introduction and bibliography for the California Judicial Council

“Design Thinking & Law: A Perfect Mach,” Law Practice Today: The Innovation Issue, January 2014.

“Antitrust on the Internet: a Comparative Assessment of Competition Law Enforcement in the Internet Realm,” by Gönenç Gürkaynak, Derya Durlu and Margaret Hagan, International Bar Association’s Business Law International, Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2013.

“A Collection of Drawings by Stanford Law Student Margaret Hagan,” Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School, Spring 2012.

“The Human Rights Repertoire: its strategic logic, expectations and tactics.” The International Journal of Human Rights, Volume 14, Issue 4, 2010.

“The Transnational Ethnic Activism of Vojvodina Hungarians.” Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity. Volume 37, Issue 5, 2009

“Human Rights Melodrama: A Literary Analysis of Reports of Police Violence Against Hungarian Roms,” Journal of Human Rights, Volume 5, Issue 4, 2006.

“Serbia’s Roma: Closer Than You Think,” Transitions Online, 2005.

“Out and Away: The Housing Rights Situation of Roma in Hungary,” European Roma Rights Centre’s Roma Rights journal, February 7, 2004.

Press about me:

Here is press coverage about my work.

Applying Design Thinking to Law, Stanford Lawyer article about my work and the Legal Design Lab

Law By Design: A Challenging Read, a review of my book

“Law By Design”, Canadian Bar Association article on my work, by Yves Faguy

“Legal Rebels Profile: How Designer Margaret Hagan Drew Her Way Through Law School,” by Terry Carter. ABA Journal, September 11, 2013.

“Margaret Hagan: Designing Her Own Legal Tech Curriculum,” by Sharon Driscoll, Stanford Lawyer, Spring 2013.

“Art project posts residents’ views of Beechview,” by Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 2010.

“Human Rights, alternative energy interests of Marshall students,” by Lori Shontz, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 21, 2003.

“Recent graduate wins 2003 Marshall Scholarship,” by Josh Schonwald, University of Chicago Chronicle, November 20, 2003.

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