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Law in Context: New and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law

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"Law in Context" will bring together Chinese legal scholars whose areas of expertise range from economic law to law and sociology to international financial law; a Tel Aviv University law professor whose research includes evidence and negotiation theory; and nine Cornell Law School professors who will present new research and serve as discussants. "Law in Context" panel presentations will investigate topics as diverse as social movements and legal knowledge, and corrective justice and legal decision making.

This conference is a project of the Clarke International Consortium on Law and Social Justice in Emerging Markets.  Together with Peking University Law School in Beijing, China, the Clarke Program is orchestrating a series of joint research projects, faculty exchanges, student exchanges, and annual conferences that foster cross-cultural discussion of law and social justice in emerging markets.  This is the third meeting of the Peking and Cornell Law School legal scholars.

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Conference workshops will take place in the Lynch Conference Room, Johnson Art Museum, Cornell University.

  • Sunday, June 8, 2008: Opening Dinner
  • Monday, June 9, 2008, 10 am to 5 pm: Panel Presentations
  • Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 10 am to 3 pm: Panel Presentations

Additional information is forthcoming.
Schedule inquiries to Donna Hastings at

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Papers for Download

The following papers will be presented at the conference.  Please do not cite or circulate these documents without the express permission of the author. 

  • Ling Bin, Assistant Professor, Peking University Law School: “Lord Shangyang vs. Ms Qiuju: A Thought Experiment on Legal Professionalization in the Context of Legal Popularization” (Download Here)
  • Deng Feng, Associate Professor, Peking University Law School: “Corrective Justice in the Confucian Legal Tradition: A Nonexistent Concept” (Download Here)
  • Talia Fisher, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University (co-authored with Issachar Rosen-Zvi, Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University): “The Confessional Penalty” (Download Here)
  • Li Guo, Associate Professor, Peking University Law School: “Financial Conglomerates in China: Legality, Model and Concerns” (Download Here)
  • Robert Hockett, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School: “Insource the Shareholding of Outsourced Employees: A Global Stock Ownership Plan” (Download Here)
  • Lou Jianbo, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Real Estate Law, and Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Peking University Law School: “Freedom of Contract under Heavy Regulation as Reflected in Real Estate Transactions in Mainland China: Judicial Relaxation of Real Estate Transaction Regulation” (Download Here)
  • Jin Jinping, Lecturer, Peking University Law School: "Legal Myth on Emergence of Social Enterprises in China" (Download Here)
  • Oskar Liivak, Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School: "Competition as the Design Parameter in Patent Law" (Download Here)
  • Bernadette Meyler, Associate Professor, Cornell Law School: “Daniel Defoe and the Written Constitution” (Download Here)
  • Jeffrey J. Rachlinski, Professor of Law, Cornell Law School (co-authored with Chris Guthrie, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Vanderbilt Law School; and Andrew J. Wistrich, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California): “Blinking on the Bench: How Judges Decide Cases” (Download Here)
  • Zhu Suli, Professor of Law and Dean, Peking University Law School: “Disciplines, Rituals, Addressing, and Social Ordering: An Institutional Understanding of the Everyday Confucianism” (Download Here)
  • Liu Yan, Professor, Peking University Law School: “How We Regulate Executive Stock Options: The Interaction of Legal Rules and Accounting Standards” (Download Here)

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