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Conference Presenters

Kathryn Abrams, Associate Dean and Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law, Boalt Law School, U.C. Berkeley

Professor Abrams is one of the nation’s most prominent feminist legal theorists. Building on the considerable interest in hope among feminist theorists in the United States and Europe, Abrams has written the first prominent article in U.S. legal studies on the role of law in fostering hope ("Law in the Cultivation of Hope", Abrams and Keren 2007). Her current research, based on interviews with lawyers specializing in capital cases, focuses on how lawyers representing clients on death row manage their own hope, and the hope of their clients.

Yuji Genda, Professor, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

Professor Genda Yuji is a labor economist and a noted public commentator on the problems facing Japanese youth. A recipient of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities for his work A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity (in Japanese), he is the author of numerous books and articles on youth, work, and the Japanese labor markets. He is the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled 希望の社会科学 (Social Scientific Studies of Hope) (University of Tokyo Press) and of an edited volume entitled 希望学 (Hope Studies) (Chuo Koron Shinsha 2006). Professor Genda directs the Hope Studies project at ISS.

Ghassan Hage, Fellow of the Australian Humanities Association, and Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory, University of Melbourne

Professor Hage is a prominent public intellectual living in Australia who publishes widely in English and French on the role of hope in conditions of ethnic violence. He is the author of Against Paranoid Nationalism: Searching for Hope in a Shrinking Society, for which he received the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Prize.

Joel Haims, Partner, Morrison & Foerster New York

Joel Haims specializes in securities and complex commercial litigation, primarily representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, SEC investigations and internal investigations. Mr. Haims has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation. He also has experience drafting SEC filings, running corporate and securities transactions, and negotiating commercial contracts.  Mr. Haims' clients are from a broad range of industries, including financial services, real estate, life sciences, technology, and consumer products, and many are foreign-based, including in China and Israel.

Hirokazu Miyazaki, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Professor Miyazaki Hirokazu has conducted fieldwork on indigenous Fijian gift giving and Japanese financial trading. He is the author of The Method of Hope (Stanford University Press 2004) and a forthcoming book, Arbitraging Japan: Traders as Critics of Capitalism (University of California Press). He is also the co-editor (with Richard Swedberg) of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled Hope in the Economy.

Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke '52 Professor of Far East Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology; Director of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, Cornell University

Professor Riles is the author of The Network Inside Out (University of Michigan Press 2000), for which she received the American Society of International Law’s certificate of merit for 2000-2001, and the editor of Documents: Artifacts of Modern Knowledge (University of Michigan Press 2006) as well as the author of a forthcoming book, Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reason in the Global Financial Markets. Her essay, "Is the Law Hopeful? On the Legal Fiction" appears in Japanese in the volume edited by Professor Genda (above) and in English in the volume edited by Miyazaki and Swedberg.

Amr Shalakany, Associate Professor of Law, American University in Cairo

Before joining AUC, Shalakany was the Jeremiah Smith Junior Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School, where he taught Comparative Law and Islamic Law. Earlier, he served as legal advisor to the PLO Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah during the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, and also taught at Birzeit University and helped set up the Law Clinic at the Law Institute. He has also worked as a securities lawyer with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie in London. He is currently on research leave as Carnegie Scholar 2008-10. Professor Shalakany also served for four years as LL.M. Program Director since the Law Department's establishment in 2005. He holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Civil Law at Cairo University Faculty of Law. Shalakany received his Licence en droit and LL.M. degrees from Cairo University Faculty of Law, and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the New York Bar. Professor Shalakany’s current projects include co-editing the collected papers from "New Approaches to Modern Egyptian Legal History," a symposium held in June 2009; "Modern Egyptian Legal Historiography" (forthcoming in Boutiveau & Maugiron eds., Egypt and Its Laws (2010)); and the book manuscript Restless Jurists Compared: The Critique and Reconstruction of Contract Law Theory in the US, France and Egypt 1900-1942 (forthcoming from Brill 2010).

Amanda Snellinger, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

Ms. Snellinger is currently completing a dissertation based on several years of fieldwork among the young activists who led the political movement that culminated in the end of the monarchy in Nepal. Her work focuses on the role of hope in youth politics.

Toru Yamada, Partner, Jones Day Tokyo

Toru Yamada advises companies in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical companies, tire manufacturers, securities firms, private equity firms, asset management firms, and financial advisers. His areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, structured finance, securities regulations, fund formations, real estate securitizations, labor, corporate restructurings, and corporate counseling.  Toru served as the lead counsel in acquisition transactions of various listed and nonlisted companies in Japan. He also served as the lead counsel in a number of real estate securitization transactions and fund formations.

Masatake Yone, Partner, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Tokyo

Masatake Yone specializes in mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy law. He is a leading practitioner in M&A in Tokyo and a frequent commentator in public and policy debates on these subjects.


Call for Presenters

There will be two additional presenters chosen from an international "Call for Papers" (attached here). Applications are due by January 15, 2010.