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Clarke Program International Conferences

The Clarke Program sponsors international conferences that bring together scholars from numerous countries and disciplines to discuss topics in East Asian law and interdisciplinary legal studies.

The Clarke Program has co-sponsored conferences with partners throughout the United States and the world.  The Program often works in concert with other institutions at Cornell, including the Cornell East Asia Program, Cornell Law School and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne's Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the Cornell Center for the Study of Economy and Society.

As of 2007, the Clarke Program also sponsors the Clarke International Consortium on Law and Social Justice in Emerging Markets.  Together with Peking University Law School in Beijing, the Clarke Program is orchestrating joint research projects, faculty exchanges, student exchanges, and annual conferences that foster cross-cultural discussion of law and social justice in emerging markets.

fall 2015

state-building and legal reforms in china: reflections and responses of legal philosophers

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 9 AM- 6:45 PM
Sunday, October 4, 2015, 9 AM-12:30 PM
Room 182, Myron Taylor Hall, Cornell University
Co-sponsored by the World Chinese Legal Philosophy Summit

At this two-day conference, legal philosophers and constitutional lawyers from China and the US will reflect over issues relating to the rule of law, constitutionalism, and judicial reforms in China.

Please RSVP to Ernestine Da Silva (

spring 2015




March 31, 2015, Seoul, Korea

On March 31, 2015, the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture and Ewha Womans University co-sponsored an international conference "Democracy in the Age of Shifting Demographics." The conference aimed to address the growing social and political problems brought on by population aging in democracies all over the world. The event, which drew about one hundred scholars and professionals from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Australia and the United States, garnered positive attention from Asian media, including the Korea Times, The Hankyoreh and Seoul Shinmun. ( Conference Description, Conference Program)

Summer 2014
comfort women workshop



Ithaca, New York
June 19, 2014

This research workshop, held at Cornell Law School on June 19, 2014, brought together international legal scholars and regional specialists to discuss possible new legal approaches to addressing the conflict among Asian nations about human rights violations related to sexual slavery during World War II. This work shop was supported by a grant from the Institute of Social Sciences Small Grant Program. ( Read More about the Research Workshop)

Spring 2014


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Ithaca, New York
February 28, 2014

On February 28, 2014, four private international law experts presented papers at a workshop organized at the Cornell Law School. The discussion was held in a roundtable style, allowing for intensive discussion among Cornell students, faculty members and Clarke program fellows and postdoctoral associates. ( Read More the Roundtable Discussion)

Summer 2013


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Beijing, China
June 14-15, 2013


The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture co-sponsored a two-day international conference on Comparative Law in the Globalized World: Transmigration and Innovation, with the Lehman Fund for Scholarly Exchange with China and Tsinghua University Law School, which was held on June 14-15 in Beijing, China. The conference was organized by Professor Xingzhong Yu, Cornell Law School. More than 80 people attended the first day and 60 attended the second day. The collection of conference papers is more than 700 pages.


Established and young scholars from Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, the Philippines, Taiwan and the United States participated in the conference. Conference presenters participated in panel discussions that investigated topics as diverse as discourse and translation, intellectual property rights, corporate governance, constitutionalism and human rights, legal transplant and modernization of law, globalization of law and new approaches to comparative legal studies. Four CLS professors, Professor Annelise Riles, Professor Muna Ndulo, Professor Chuck Whitehead and Professor Xingzhong Yu, and two postdocs, Naruhito Cho and Zhaoxin Jiang, presented papers as well as served as discussion leaders and provided thoughtful challenges and inquiries into the presentations that analyzed various difficulties and possibilities emanate from legal transplant and innovation. ( Read More about Young Scholars)

Spring 2013







New York, New York
February 22, 2013


Daniel K. Tarullo, member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Fed's point person on financial regulation, gave the keynote address at our co-sponsored conference with the Cornell International Law Journal Symposium, at the Cornell Club in New York City. Governor Tarullo called for central banks to consider financial stability when making monetary policy;saying this is necessary for both crisis response and crisis prevention. Speaking to a room of Cornell Law students, scholars, practitioners and journalists, he said, "We need to consider carefully the view that central banks should assess the effect of monetary policy on financial stability, and, in some instances, adjust their policy decisions to take account of these effects." Both scholars and practitioners presented papers and participated in roundtable discussions the following day. (Read more Daniel Tarullo)

Spring 2012


Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
March 11-12, 2012
A conference on the one-year anniversary to address the many issues raised by the natural and nuclear disasters, their aftermath, and their surrounding histories. Diverse experts explored these questions in terms of economics, business, law, disaster response, religion, social activism, and history. The overall focus of the conference and the Meridian 180 online forums was the question of how to bring closure to such crises. This question was explored in terms of economics, business, law, disaster response, social activism, and history. The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture celebrated its 10 year anniversary and official launch of the Meridian 180 project on the last day of the conference.
Spring 2011



Global Law and Global Legal Theory - Academic Knowledge in Question


Tokyo Conference
Tokyo, Japan | June 3-4, 2011
Partner Institution: Maison Franco-Japonaise de Tokyo


Ko Hasegawa

Ko Hasegawa, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hokkaido Law School


On June 3 and 4, 2011, Maison Franco-Japonaise, in partnership with the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, held a workshop in Tokyo on "the Globalization of Law." Entitled "Global Law and Global Legal Theory - Academic Knowledge in Question," the workshop convened scholars from Japan, the United States and Europe to focus on legal knowledge in the globalizing world. Confronting their respective methods and understandings of legal globalization, participants analyzed possible categories and theories for understanding legal globalization such as "private constitution," the "creolization of law," "law as translation."



Workshop on Behavioral/Institutional Research and Financial Regulation



Ithaca, NY | April 28-29, 2011
Partner Institution: The Tobin Project

Recent events in the global financial markets suggest a need for a better understanding of financial institutions and, possibly, a different approach to their regulation. The first two workshops the Clarke Program co-sponsored with the Tobin Project in 2009 and 2010 successfully engaged psychologists, economists, anthropologists, legal academics, and policymakers in discussions of methods and objectives in relation to the study of consumers, financial services, and financial regulation.

Barseghyan and Lepinay

Levon Barseghyan, Professor of Economics, Cornell University, and Vincent Lepinay, Assistant Professor in Science Technology and Society, MIT

On April 28-29, 2011, the Clarke Program hosted the third edition of this workshop in Ithaca. This time, the focus was on the regulation of the new health insurance market following the passage of the Affordable Care Act in spring 2010. Scholars and government officials with detailed knowledge of health care financing and other financial markets reflected on a new approach to cross-disciplinary research and regulation. This engagement between researchers and policymakers produced new approaches to regulation rooted in both the institutional detail of regulatory practice and theories of human behavior and market activity.

Spring 2010


Techniques of Hope

Annelise Riles, Yuji Genda, and Hiro Miyazaki. "Techniques of Hope," New York City, March 26, 2010


Techniques of Hope: How Professionals and Professionalism Can Stabilize the Markets and Change the World
March 26, 2010
New York City

This two-day event sought to define an expanded role for lawyers in financial markets reform. On the first day, an interdisciplinary panel of researchers convened for a seminar that brought together a wide array of academic approaches and new ways of thinking of market reform. The following day, practitioners, market participants and regulators joined in to reflect more specifically on the major role professionals and professionalism can play to stabilize markets and, more broadly, change the world.

Spring 2009

Hope in Law and the Economy

"Hope in Law and the Economy"
Tokyo, October 14, 2008

Law, Culture and Development in a Transnational Legal Environment
June 20, 2009
Partner Institution: Maison Franco-Japonaise, with funding from the Ministry of Culture of France Scholars from the US, France, Japan, and Canada convened to present and discuss new research examining the current transnational legal environment.

Fall 2008

In fall 2008, Dean Stewart Schwab and three Cornell Law School professors participated in four international conferences in Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong. The conferences represented a key component of the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, and were intended to strengthen ongoing relationships with key academics and institutions.

The group also attended the inauguration of The Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, a new law school led by Jeffrey S. Lehman. Dean Schwab spoke at the inauguration, as did United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Alumni receptions and individual meetings with key alumni and academic and business leaders took place in each city.


Professors Riles and Alexander Professors Annelise Riles and Gregory S. Alexander at "Hope in Law and the Economy," October 14, 2008

Hope in Law and the Economy
October 14, 2008
International House of Japan

Law, Markets, and Social Equity, Part II
October 16, 2008
Fudan University

Labor Law
October 20, 2008
Peking University

The Promises of Law
October 23, 2008
Hong Kong


Law, Markets, and Social Equity
A project of the Clarke International Consortium on Law and Social Justice in Emerging Markets
Co-sponsored by the East Asia Program, Cornell University; the Institute for the Social Sciences, Cornell University; and the Clarke Business Law Institute, Cornell Law School.
April 25-26, 2008
Cornell University

Culture, Conflict, and Constitutionalism

"Culture, Conflict, and Constitutionalism: The Global Debate About Property Rights"
Peking University Law School, May 2007

Law in Context: New and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Law
A project of the Clarke International Consortium on Law and Social Justice in Emerging Markets
June 8-10, 2008
Cornell University


Citizen Participation in East Asian Legal Systems
September 22-23, 2006
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York

PoLAR Symposium: Papering Ethics, Documenting Consent: The New Bureaucracies of Virtue
October 26-28, 2006
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Culture, Conflict, and Constitutionalism: The Global Debate about Property Rights
Sponsored by the Clarke International Consortium on Law and Social Justice in Emerging Markets
May 18-20, 2007
Peking University Law School


Rethinking the Private in Private International Law

"Rethinking the Private in Private International Law"
Cornell Law School, April 2006

Rethinking the Private in Private International Law
April 7-8, 2006
Cornell Law School
Ithaca, New York

Ethnographic Fictions
April 27-29, 2006
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York


Call for Witnesses: Transparency
April 22, 2005
Ecole des Mines de Paris

Rethinking "Legal Transplants" and "Mixed Jurisdictions": When Civilian Legal Reasoning Meets Constitutional Thought
July 14-15, 2005
Faculté de Droit


Cultural Approaches to Asian Financial Markets

"Cultural Approaches to Asian Financial Markets"
Cornell Law School, April 2003

Cornell-St. Andrews University Knowledge Exchange
September 6-7, 2003

The Practice of Law and Development: Socio-Legal Approaches
April 20, 2004

Anthropology and Human Rights Administrations: Expert Observation and Representation After the Fact
Spring 2004

First Annual Japanese Legal Studies Conference
May 2004

Comparative Methodologies
July 2004


Cultural Approaches to Asian Financial Markets

"Cultural Approaches to Asian Financial Markets"
Cornell Law School, April 2003

Pragmatism, Law and Governmentality
March 29, 2003

Institutional Change in East Asia
April 4 - 5, 2003

Cultural Approaches to Asian Financial Markets
April 26, 2003