February 8, 2014
by ar254@cornell.edu

Upcoming Presentation at NYU Law School Feb. 24

I will be presenting my forthcoming paper, Managing Regulatory Arbitrage: A Conflict of Laws Approach, in Grainne de Burca and Benedict Kingsbury’s workshop series on international legal theory at NYU Law School on February 24.  The workshop will be held in 316 Furman Hall. More information is available here.  A copy of the paper is available here.

January 31, 2014
by ar254@cornell.edu

Upcoming Keynote at Tempennton Conference, “Imagining Utopia,” Princeton University, Feb. 21

On February 21, I will present “Is the Law Hopeful?” as the keynote address at an annual conference organized by graduate students in anthropology at U Penn, Princeton and Temple Universities.  More information about the conference is here.

Here’s the abstract of my paper:

What does the law contribute to hope? Is there anything hopeful about law? What can legal studies contribute to the now vigorous debates in economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, literary studies and anthropology about the nature and sources of hope in personal and social life? Rather than focus on the ends of law (social justice, economic efficiency, etc.), Riles will focus instead on the means (or techniques of the law). Through a critical engagement with the work of Hans Vaihinger, Morris Cohen and Pierre Schlag on legal fictions and legal technicalities, she argues that what is “hopeful” about law is its “As-If” quality.

May 1, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Upcoming Talk: University of Michigan, May 11

May 11, 2013: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Keynote address of the 15th Annual Michicagoan Conference ‘Nice Form: Aesthetics, Poetics, Techniques’

3:30-5:00pm – East Conference Room, Rackham Graduate School Building, University of Michigan, 915 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI

Conference program available here.


The full list of talks and events is available here

April 29, 2013
by Annelise Riles

A Chinese Translation of Collateral Knowledge

I am really honored that thanks to the hard work of my colleague Yu Xingzhong, a Chinese translation of Collateral Knowledge is forthcoming very soon from the China Democracy and Law Publishing House.  I am very grateful to Professor Yu, to Pang Congrong, the editor of the book, and to the four translators Jiang Zhaoxin, Yu Ming, Qiu Zhaoji and Wang Guojia for this wonderful edition.

Professor Yu also organized a wonderful discussion of the book at the  East Asian Law and Society Conference in Shanghai, on March 22.  We were really fortunate to have comments by translators Qiu Zhaoji and Wang Guojia, by Pang Conrong, the editor of the edition, and by Luke Nottage and Fleur Johns, both of Sydney law faculty.  It was a fascinating discussion for me.  One of the highlights was Wang Guojia’s discussion of what the book’s themes about the interrelationship of public and private spheres might have to say to the Chinese experiments with privatization.

Chinese readers may also be interested in this very substantive discussion of the Chinese translation of collateral knowledge prepared based on the discussions of a March 13 meeting of a researcher study group at Northwest University of Politics and Law under the guidance of Professor Qiu Zhaoji, who translated one chapter of the book:


April 16, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Upcoming Talk: Cornell University, April 19

Friday, April 19, 2013: Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
‘Retooling: Expertise for an Uncertain World’
Society for the Humanities Annual Fellows’ Workshop: “Beyond Risk: Temporality, Aesthetics, Politics”
Full workshop program available here

9:15-10:45am: A.D. White House.

The full list of talks and events is available here

March 28, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Two new reviews of Collateral Knowledge

Two new reviews of Collateral Knowledge were recently published.

The first one on Japanese Law and the Asia-Pacific:


The second one in the European Journal of International Law, Vol. 23, issue 4, pp. 1194-1199, online version here:

March 13, 2013
by Annelise Riles

Three upcoming talks: New School, Hangzhou, Shanghai

I will give three talks over the next two weeks:

  • Thursday, March 14, 2013: New School for Social Research (New York, NY)
    Market Collaboration
    6:00pm: Department of Anthropology, Wolff Conference Room 1103.


  • Thursday, March 21, 2013: Hangzhou Normal University (Hangzhou, China)
    Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets
    12:00pm: exact location TBA.


  • Saturday, March 23, 2013: EALS Conference (Shanghai, China)
    Author Meets Reader–Collateral Knowledge: Legal Reasoning in the Global Financial Markets (Chinese Edition, 2013)
    1:00-2:20pm: Third East Asian Law and Society conference, Panel 34, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai.

    Chair:  Yu Xingzhong (Cornell University) — Readers:  Luke Nottage (University of Sydney), Fleur Johns (University of Sydney), Wang Jiaguo (Hangzhou Normal University), Pang Congrong (China Democracy and Law Press), Qiu Zhaoji (Northwest University of Political Science and Law) 


The full list of talks and events is available here

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