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Centers and Programs

Avon Global Center for Women and Justice

The Avon Global Center for Women and Justice provides legal resources and support to judges, legal professionals, governmental and nongovernmental organizations to improve access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence and also works in-depth clinical projects.

Berger International Legal Studies Program

The Berger International Legal Studies Program sponsors dual-degree programs in Paris and Berlin, exchange programs with universities across Europe, Asia, Africa, and in Australia, international conferences abroad and at Cornell, and an extensive speaker program at the Law School. 

Clarke Business Law Institute

The Clarke Business Law Institute (BLI) was created with a $5 million lead gift from alumnus Jack G. Clarke LL.B. '52, a lawyer and retired Exxon Mobile executive. The BLI offers a venue for students to learn from nationally-recognized academics, senior lawyers, regulators, and business leaders, providing a three-dimensional, nuanced view of the business world and the legal issues that affect it.

Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies

The Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies supports faculty and student initiatives, particularly in Asian legal studies. It also funds international alumni activities and library acquisitions in international and comparative law.

Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa

The Clarke Initiative provides programmatic and curricular resources related to the study of Middle Eastern legal systems.

Clarke Program in East Asian Law and CultureThe Clarke Program focuses on bringing a broad interdisciplinary and humanistic focus to the study of law in East Asia. It sponsors conferences, professional travel, visiting and adjunct faculty members who teach courses related to East Asia, scholarships, library acquisitions, and periodic speakers on issues facing East Asia.

Cornell Death Penalty Project

The Death Penalty Project sponsors two clinics that provide students with the opportunity to assist in the representation of capital defendants, both at trial and at various stages in the appeals process. It also sponsors periodic symposia related to capital punishment, and conducts empirical research on jury decision making in capital cases.

Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative

The Cornell e-Rulemaking Initiative (CeRI) brings together faculty and students from Computing and Information Science, Law, and the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. Working with the legal informatics professionals at LII, CeRI consults with government agencies on, and engages in theoretical and applied research about, the technology and practice of e-rulemaking and related areas of e-government.

Empirical Studies Project

The Empirical Studies Project provides extensive databases of federal and state court cases for use by statistical researchers. It also encompasses the law school’s pathbreaking Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

ILR-Law School Program on Conflict Resolution

A joint initiative between the Cornell ILR School and Cornell Law School, the Program on Conflict Resolution features a wide range of activities, including innovative research, education and training, all aimed at raising the standards of arbitration, mediation and other methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Institute for Social Sciences

The Institute for the Social Sciences (ISS) is a critical component of Cornell's social science initiative. Established in 2004, the ISS reports to the Vice Provost of Social Sciences. The goals of the Institute are to encourage collaborations among social scientists across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, to engage the Cornell community--students, faculty, and staff--in discussions of cutting-edge topics in the social sciences, and to assist departments and programs in retaining top social science faculty and attracting new talent.

Keck Focus on Legal Ethics Program

The W. M. Keck Foundation supports a program designed to improve the teaching of legal ethics at the Law School and throughout the United States. Practitioners-in-residence and visiting fellows discuss important issues of legal ethics related to a number of courses. The program also sponsors colloquia on issues of applied ethics and in conjunction with the Legal Information Institute has developed the American Legal Ethics Library, a new computerized informational and educational library on legal and judicial ethics for use throughout the United States.

Law and Economics Program

Funded by a grant from the John M. Olin Foundation, the Law and Economics Program promotes faculty research bearing on the economic analysis of law and contributes to the further development of the field more broadly (both with respect to theoretical and empirical analysis). Presently, the program is focused on sponsoring conferences, workshops, and seminars applying economic analysis to various substantive areas of law, including health law and intellectual property law. The program also works alongside the Law and Economics Student Association to promote student understanding of the economic analysis of law and to expose students to modern research and thinking in this field. This latter purpose is likewise furthered by the Law School’s associated course offerings bearing on economics and the law.

Lay Participation in Law International Research Collaborative

The Lay Participation in Law International Research Collaborative (IRC) is a transnational collaborative team dedicated to research on the phenomenon of lay participation in court systems and the fundamental sociolegal issues that it raises. The IRC, comprised of members from Argentina, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Spain and the USA, shares information vital to the creation of jury systems, mixed tribunals and other ways of citizen involvement in legal systems worldwide. The IRC is organized by Professor Valerie Hans of Cornell University Law School under the auspices of the Law and Society Association.

Legal Information Institute

The Legal Information Institute is the leading website for usable, research-enhanced versions of the U.S. Code and Code of Federal Regulations, as well as the Federal Rules and opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. It is the only web site offering the Uniform Commercial Code. It also publishes PDFs and eBooks and distributes the work of the LIIBULLETIN journal to more than 30,000 readers; 18 million visitors use the site each year.