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The Cornell Death Penalty Project continues to be involved with the first (and only) death penalty clinic in China. Chinese law students at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law are working with Chinese academics and criminal defense lawyers on capital appeals pending before the Supreme People’s court of China. The Director of the Cornell Death Penalty Project, John Blume, hosted Professor Hongyao Wu of the Chinese University of Political Science and Law and several of his colleagues during their visit to Cornell to learn about American Clinical Education in general and the Cornell Capital Punishment Clinic in particular. This year, a visiting scholar from China, Wang Songbo, who worked with Professor Wu in the China clinic, is spending a year at Cornell Law School learning about both American capital litigation and clinical legal education. Several other Chinese visiting scholars have visited Cornell during the last 12 months investigating issues such as wrongful convictions, the insanity defense and the development and presentation of mitigating evidence in capital cases. Professor Blume intends to spend a month in China during the summer of 2013 working with Professor Wu and his students on cases and giving a series of lectures on capital litigation.

On-Campus Outreach and Cross-Campus Collaboration

One of the central missions of the Clarke Program is to foster a greater collaboration between Cornell Law School and other colleges, schools and units across the Cornell campus. Regardless of their major, undergraduate students are welcome to join our events and every year, more graduate students contribute to and benefit from the Clarke Program’s commitment to graduate training and interdisciplinarity.

Emily Hong

“The radical interdiscipli­narity of the Clarke Program’s Law and Cul­ture Seminar is essential to our generation of aspiring scholars and practitioners, espe­cially those concerned with the need to link theory and practice. This course has made me rethink both the unique role of my discipline—anthropology—while also questioning ways in which the discipline needs to speak to and be stretched in response to the study of law, politics, economics, and philosophy.”
–Emily Hong, PhD Candidate, Anthropology

Vincent Ialenti

“The Meridian 180 community’s unmatched sophistication, the originality of their ideas, and their commitment to transcending cultural and disciplinary divides has provided me with a vibrant intellectual environment that has enriched my studies at Cornell immensely. World class initiatives like this are what make the Clarke Program such an inspiring place in which to think, to learn, and to conduct research.”
–Vincent Ialenti, Ph.D. candidate, Anthropology Department, Cornell University

Diana Biller

“The Clarke Program, from its lecture series to Meridian 180, has allowed me to meet, listen to, and engage in mean­ingful discussion with leading scholars from many disciplines. Further, working on Meridian 180 has productively challenged my own thinking and writing.”
–Diana Biller, 3rd year law student, Cornell Law School