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In November 2009 in Philadelphia and again in June 2010 in Washington, DC, the Clarke Program co-sponsored two workshops organized by the Tobin Project on the potential contribution of behavioral and institutional research to financial regulation. In March 2010, the Clarke Program also organized, with support from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, a two-day workshop in New York City entitled "Techniques of Hope." These events brought together academics and practitioners, market participants and regulators.

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"Techniques of Hope"

New York Conference - March 25–26, 2010

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Annelise Riles, Yuji Genda, and Hiro Miyazaki presents at the "Techniques of Hope" Conference in New York City on March 26, 2010.

This two-day event sought to define an expanded role for lawyers in financial markets reform. On the first day, an interdisciplinary panel of researchers convened for a seminar that brought together a wide array of academic approaches and new ways of thinking of market reform. The following day, practitioners, market participants and regulators joined in to reflect more specifically on the major role professionals and professionalism can play to stabilize markets and more broadly change the world.

Drawing on recent social science that demonstrates the importance of social and institutional relationships in market activity, the conference asked what financial lawyers, who occupy a strategic but surprisingly under-examined role in the day-to-day practice of financial markets—as advisors, translators, deal-makers, institution-builders, lobbyists, and more—can do to bring greater stability and confidence to the financial system.

The workshop brought together a range of professional and academic experts to discuss the interventions lawyers might make in the course of ordinary practice that collectively might contribute to a more hopeful future for the global economy. Participants thought about this question broadly, by bringing it into conversation with cutting-edge research from Japan and the United States on how hope is generated in other social and political contexts.

March 25 Seminar Presentations

 Ghassan Hage

Ghassan Hage, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne.



"Hope and the Economy"

  • Hirokazu Miyazaki, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University

Using Law to Cultivate Hope: Legislation, Programmatic Initiatives, and Client Representation"

  • Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Boalt Law School, University of California at Berkeley

"Hoping Inside and Outside the Law"

  • Ghassan Hage, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne:

March 26 Workshop Sessions


"How Can Markets Be Reformed (and What Is Wrong With Existing Answers)?"and "Re-Tooling"

  • Yuji Genda, Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo
  • Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology; Director of Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Cornell University Law School
  • Hirokazu Miyazaki, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Boalt Law School, University of California Berkeley.
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Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Boalt Law School, University of California Berkeley.

"Some Unlikely Sources of Inspiration: Anti-Racism, Pro-Democracy, Cause-Lawyering Movements and Japanese Youth"

  • Kathryn Abrams, Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Boalt Law School, University of California Berkeley
  • Amanda Snellinger, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
  • Ghassan Hage, Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne
  • Yuji Genda, Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

"What Role for Legal Tools?"

  • Joel Haims, Partner, Morrison & Foerster New York
  • Masatake Yone, Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Tokyo
  • Amr Shalakany, Associate Professor of Law, American University in Cairo
  • Toru Yamada, Partner, Jones Day Tokyo