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Clarke Program Student Exchanges

In addition to supporting student exchanges, the Clarke Program regularly welcomes visiting scholars through the Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto Exchange; the Wang Distinguished Visitor Program; and the Taiwan Ministry of Justice Program. The Clarke Program also sponsors Visiting Assistant Professors to join Cornell and welcomes Visiting Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows from Asia and elsewhere.

A list of our current and recent visiting scholars is available here.

The Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto Faculty Exchange and Conference Support

Ko Hasegawa
Professor Ko Hasegawa,
Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto Visitor, 2010-11.

As part of Cornell Law School's Asian law initiative, the Tokyo law firm, Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto, has generously agreed to sponsor faculty exchanges and conferences. Under this arrangement, Cornell law faculty travel to Japan and faculty from Japanese universities come to Cornell to collaborate on research projects, give seminars, and teach courses.  The fund also underwrites major scholarly conferences focusing on East Asia, or East Asian participation in such conference at Cornell Law School. 

Past participants include Professor Ueno Chizuko, feminist scholar and chair of the Department of Sociology at Tokyo University; Professor Takashi Uchida, Civil Law scholar, chief architect of the revisions to Japan's Civil Code, and Professor at the University of Tokyo Law School; Kevin Clermont, James and Mark Flanagan Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, Shigeki Uno, Associate Professor at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo, and Ko Hasegawa, Professor of Philosophy of Law at University of Hokkaido.

The Wang Distinguished Visitor Program

Professor Cui Zhiuyan,
Wang Distinguished Visitor.

The Wang Program sponsors visits from select faculty of universities in China to conduct research and teach courses at Cornell Law School.  The Wang Visiting Professors, who make semester-long visits to Cornell in rotating succession, are Professors Cui Zhiyuan and Wang Chenguang, both of Tsinghua University in Beijing, Professor Zhu Suli, of Peking University Law School, and Professor Yu Xingzhong of Chinese University of Hong Kong.  The Wang Visiting Professor Program also brings junior scholars from China, such as Guo Li, of Peking University Law School, to teach and conduct research at Cornell.

The Taiwan Ministry of Justice Program

Beginning in 2008, Cornell Law School will receive prosecutors-in-training from the Taiwanese Ministry of Justice's Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Institute. We are pleased that the program has been renewed for the 2009-2010 academic year. At Cornell, the visiting scholars will pursue research on criminal justice topics under the supervision of Cornell Law School faculty, present lectures, take courses, and participate in workshops with faculty and students. Cornell will receive up to two scholars annually.

Visiting Assistant Professors

Visiting Assistant Professors (VAPs), sponsored through the Program, join Cornell Law School from throughout the country and the world to teach courses and conduct research.  VAPs participate in faculty workshops, conferences, research colloquia, and other aspects of the intellectual life of the law school.  They typically spend between two and four semesters in residence.

For more information, please visit the general VAP site or contact

Visiting Researchers and Postdoctoral Fellows

The Clarke Program welcomes visiting scholars from East Asia and elsewhere whose research makes an innovative contribution to the understanding of East Asian law and culture.  Visiting Researchers typically spend two weeks to four months in residence.  Postdoctoral Fellows spend a year in residence completing major research projects.

Although most visitors apply by invitation of a member of the Cornell Law faculty, the Program welcomes unsolicited proposals for high-quality research that stands to benefit from participation in the Clarke Program.  The Program welcomes applications for research projects that are unusual, or have not yet found mainstream acceptance among legal scholars in East Asia.

The Program provides working space, full access to law school library resources, and other funding for project-related expenses.  Visitors ordinarily provide their own funding for travel to and from Ithaca, as well as living expenses while in Ithaca.  The Cornell University International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) helps visitors secure their own housing.

Applications for Visiting Researcher and Postdoctoral Fellow positions during the spring semester are due September 1st. Applications for positions during the fall semester are due April 1. Please submit a c.v., a detailed description of the research project and how it would benefit from participation in the Clarke Program, and copies of publications. Please specify in your application that you request to be affiliated with the Clarke Program. For more information about the application process: