Annelise Riles Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies
and Professor of Anthropology
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
120 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-2330
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

Annelise Riles is the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Law in Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Cornell, and she serves as Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture. Her work focuses on the transnational dimensions of laws, markets and culture across the fields of comparative law, conflict of laws, the anthropology of law, public international law and international financial regulation. Her most recent book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chicago Press 2011) is based on ten years of fieldwork among regulators and lawyers in the global derivatives markets. Her first book, The Network Inside Out, won the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for 2000-2002. Her second book, Rethinking the Masters of Comparative Law, is a cultural history of Comparative Law presented through its canonical figures. Her third book, Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge, brings together lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists and historians of science. Professor Riles has conducted legal and anthropological research in China, Japan and the Pacific and speaks Chinese, Japanese, French, and Fijian. She has served as a visiting Professor at Yale, University of Tokyo, the London School of Economics, University of Melbourne and as visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan. She is the founder and director of Meridian 180, a nonpartisan community of exceptional intellectuals around the Pacific Rim and the world featuring discussion of current legal and policy issues.  She also writes about financial markets regulation on her blog,


A.B., Princeton University, 1988
MSc., London School of Economics, 1990
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1993
Ph.D., Cambridge University, 1996