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Since its beginnings, the Clarke Program has been actively involved in the organization and sponsorship of events, in Ithaca and throughout the world. Whether at home or abroad, those events constitute key moments in the life of the Program for they regularly bring together students, scholars and researchers to foster cross-cultural discussions about East Asian law.

Our annual Clarke Lecture brings a high-profile scholar to Cornell to deliver a major public lecture. Every Fall, our Colloquium Series offers an informal settings for Cornell students and visiting scholars to discuss works-in-progress on law and culture.  Over the years, the Clarke Program has also organized and co-sponsored numerous international conferences, both in the United-States and in East Asia.

Recent News and Events

  • November 28, 2014: Clarke Program's Meridian 180 announced its first institutional partnership in Asia: the establishment of a Korean Center at Seoul's Ewha Womans University.  (Related article: "Meridian 180 Establishes Asian Base," Spotlights, December 5, 2014)
  • October 6, 2014: The Clarke Lecture
    Three Hypotheses on the Korean Peninsula Issues - about the Destiny of North Korea and Chinese Policy towards North Korea and the North Korean Nuclear Program, Soo-Hyuck Lee, Chair Professor, Dankook University; Dean, Human Resources Development Center and Humanities Academy, Dankook University
  • August, 2014: Fall 2014 Clarke Colloquium Series, featuring 7 events, is announced.
  • June 19, 2014: "Research Workshop: Legal and Diplomatic Responses to the Comfort Women Problem."  The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture brought together a group of legal scholars and regional specialists to discuss possible new approaches to issues related to sexual slavery during World War II.
  • March 26, 2014: Clarke Lecture, "Capitalism and Cultures—Universality and Peculiarity of the Corporate System Across Cultures," Katsuhito Iwai, International Christian University, Masashino University/Professor Emeritus, The University Tokyo. A video recording of the lecture is available.
  • March 14, 2014: "New Directions in Private International Law." The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture hosted a research seminar on new theories on the development and potential of private international law. The participants included Cornell students and faculty members as well as specialists on Japanese and Chinese law.
  • February, 2014: Our 2013 Annual Report is available.
  • December 2, 2013: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles gave a keynote lecture ("Diplomacy and its Others: The Case of the Comfort Women," co-authored with Karen Knop and Monica Eppinger) at the Gender and International Law Conference (Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea).
  • October 21, 2013: Clarke Lecture, "Gender Equality Legislation in Korea," Sun-Uk Kim, President of Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Kore. A video recording of the lecture is available. 
  • August, 2013: 2013 Clarke Colloquium Series, featuring 8 events, is announced.
  • May 9, 2013: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles gave a key note lecture ("Market Collaboration") at the Canadian Society of Socio-cultural Anthropology Annual Meeting in Victoria, Canada.
  • January 21, 2013: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles presented her paper "Overcoming Regulatory Arbitrage: A Conflict of Law Approach" at the London School of Economics.
  • January 14-15, 2013: International Conference "Comparative Law in a Globalized World: Transmigration and Innovation." The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture sponsored the two-day international conference in Bejing, China with the support of the Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China and Tsinghua University Law School.
  • October 2, 2012: Clarke Lecture, "US Policy and the Changing Economic Financial Landscape of East Asia," Robert Dohner, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Asia, US Department of the Treasury.
  • September 7, 2012: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles presented her paper "Regulation, Law Enforcement and the Financial Crisis" at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany.
  • July 2012: Fall 2012 Colloquium Series, featuring 9 events, is announced.
  • March 11-12, 2012: International Conference-- "Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami One Year Later." A conference on the one-year anniversary to address the issues raised by the natural and nuclear disasters.
  • March 12, 2012:The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture celebrated its 10th Anniversary.
  • March 11, 2012:Meridian 180, A Clarke Program Initiative officially launched.
  • February, 2012: Our 2011-2012 Annual Report is available.
  • February 29, 2012: Clarke Colloquium, "UNICITRAL Online Dispute Resolution WG--An Ambitious Challenge by UN for Making New World-Wide Uniform Rules," Yoshihisa Hayakawa, Professor of Law, Rikkyo University.
  • February 1, 2012: Clarke Colloquium, "Path Dependence and Interconnected Institutions: Transplantation of the Institution of Derivative Action," Guanghua Yu, Professor of Law and Director of the Centre for Chinese Law, University of Hong Kong.
  • January, 2012: Spring 2012 Clarke Colloquium Series is announced.  
  • June 20, 2011: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles presented her paper "Toward a New Legal Framework for Global Financial Governance" at the Bank of Japan.
  • June 3, 2011: International Workshop at Maison Franco-Japonaise (Tokyo): Global Law and Global Legal Theory — Academic Knowledge in Question. Participants include: Profs. Annelise Riles, Clarke Program Director, Yu Xingzhong, 2010 Wang Distinguished Visiting Professor, and Ko Hasegawa, 2009-10 Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Distinguished Visitor.
  • April 28-29, 2011: Workshop on Behavioral/Institutional Research and Financial Regulation, co-hosted by the Clarke Program and the Tobin Project.  Participants include: Profs. Annelise Riles (Cornell Law, Clarke Program Director), Douglas Holmes (SUNY Binghamton), Katarina Pistor (Columbia Law School), Tom Baker (Penn Law), Bob Hockett (Cornell Law)
  • April 27, 2011: Cornell Law School celebration of Annelise Riles' new book Collateral Knowledge. Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets. Speakers: Professors Tom Baker (Penn Law) and Frank Upham (NYU Law).
  • April 26, 2011: Clarke Lecture, Frank Upham (NYU): "The Story of the "Introduction" of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment Practice."
  • April 2011: limited public release of Meridian 18 , our new online multilingual forum.
  • Jan. 8, 2011: Our 2009-2010 Annual Report is available.
  • Jan. 3-7, 2011: Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles guest-blogged on the Credit Slips website (direct links to posts: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4).
  • Oct. 2010: The Clarke Program just launched its very own Facebook page and Twitter account.
  • Clarke Program Director Annelise Riles is blogging about financial regulation.
  • "Techniques of Hope: How Professionals and Professionalism can Stabilize the Markets and Change the World," took place on  March 26, 2010 in New York City.
  • The Clarke Program, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Tobin Project are collaborating to seek a new understanding of global financial markets.
  • Mori-Hamada-sponsored research by Annelise Riles, Clarke Program Director, and Takashi Uchida, Former Professor of Law at University of Tokyo, was recently cited by Chinese Law Prof Blog.