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Program Highlights for 2010-2011

A Message From The Director

Annelise Riles

Prof. Annelise Riles, Clarke Program Director

The tragedies that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, have deeply affected so many of our friends and have had far-reaching and enduring repercussions not only for Japan, but for the Asia-Pacific region and for the world as a whole. This catastrophe occurred against the backdrop of continuing market volatility, hurdles in regional and global financial governance, and increasing concerns about the looming threat of a second global economic recession. At the Clarke Program, the challenges of 2011 have also sharpened our sense of purpose; now more than ever, we believe, there is a need for a broader, more serious and more inclusive global conversation about questions of law and regulatory reform in East Asia.

This year, spurred by this energized sense of vision, we took a more ambitious and proactive approach to transforming the transpacific dialogue among academics, lawyers, and policymakers. In addition to our regular programs and offerings, we launched Meridian 180, a global community of intellectuals interested in addressing tensions in cross-Pacific relations. We believe that over time this community has unique potential to generate new paradigms and solutions for some of the great global challenges in the 21st century.

As the tenth anniversary of the program nears, our activities continue to expand in other ways as well. This report will provide an overview of the work of the scholars and experts representing many fields who visited at Cornell and who participated in lectures, colloquia, conferences, and workshops this year. You will read about recent fellowships, collaborative research projects, and short and long-term academic exchanges that occurred since the Spring of 2011. It will also offer a preview of upcoming events, developments and directions for the program for 2012 and beyond.

We remain grateful for the generous gift of Jack G. Clarke that has supported this program since 2002. Other sources of funding include Cornell University’s Jeffrey Sean Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China, the Cornell Law School’s Clarke Business Law Institute, the Cornell University Institute for the Social Sciences, the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, and the gift of Anthony and Lulu Wang.

As always, I would be particularly grateful for your feedback, questions, or suggestions concerning anything you read here. Please write to me directly at

Wishing you a successful and peaceful 2012. 


“The name of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture was chosen with care. By emphasizing the words ‘law’ and ‘culture,’ we wanted to underscore the distinctive approach Cornell is taking to our engagement in that region of the world.” Stewart J. Schwab, Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, Cornell Law School