On March 12, 2012 the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture celebrated its tenth anniversary and the official launch of Meridian 180. The event, held in the new wing of the Johnson Museum of Art, celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, founded by Annelise Riles, the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies and professor of anthropology. The event also observed the official launch of the program’s latest initiative, Meridian 180.
The Clarke Program, funded by a gift to the Law School from Jack and Dorothea Clarke, sponsors a variety of activities and events, including fellowships, conferences, lectures, collaborative research projects, and scholarly exchanges, as it seeks to expand the purview of legal scholarship and to develop new ways of thinking about transnational law, politics, and culture.
During the evening John J. Barceló, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law and Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Berger International Legal Studies Program spoke to the guests and proposed a toast. Joining him in toasting the “incredible amount of interchange and intellectual vibrancy” created by the Clarke Program and bolstered by its newest project were Stewart J. Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law; Yuji Genda, professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo; Hirokazu Miyazaki, director of the East Asia Program and associate professor of Anthropology, Cornell University; and Clarke Program director Annelise Riles. Looking on was Jack G. Clarke LL.B.’52 himself, whom Riles thanked for his “phenomenal commitment.”