Larry Catá Backer was educted at Columbia University School of Law (JD 1982), Harvard University, JF Kennedy School of Government (MPP 1979) and Brandeis University (BA summa cum laude with honors in history 1977).
Currently he is W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law and International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University (since 2000). Formerly he was Professor of Law and Executive Director at the Comparative and International Law Center at University of Tulsa College of Law (1991-2000). He has also held a visiting appointment at Tulane University (2007-2008) and the University of California Hastings College of the Law (1998), as well as teaching at various Law Schools in Europe and Latin America.
Selected Recent Publications: ELEMENTS OF LAW AND THE UNITED STATES LEGAL SYSTEM (Carolina Academic Press (forthcoming 2017)ISBN: 978-1-61163-927-8; SIGNS IN LAW: A SOURCE BOOK – THE SEMIOTICS OF LAW IN LEGAL EDUCATION III (Jan M. Broekman and Larry Catá Backer, eds., Dordrecht, Neth: Springer, 2014) (e-book ISBN 978-3-319-09837-1; hardback ISBN 978-3-319-09836-4); GLOBALIZATION LAW: CONVERGENCE AND RESISTANCE (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2006) ISBN 0-89089-585-6 (editor and contributor); COMPARATIVE CORPORATE LAW: UNITED STATES, EUROPEAN UNION, CHINA AND JAPAN (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2002) ISBN 0-89089-526-0; LCCN 2001088034; "A Lex Mercatoria for Corporate Social Responsibility Codes without the State?: A Critique of Legalization Within the State Under the Premises of Globalization," 24(1) INDIANA JOURNAL FO GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 115-146 (2017); "Are Supply Chains Transnational Legal Orders?: What We Can Learn From the Rana Plaza Factory Building Collapse," 1(1) UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IRVINE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL, TRANSNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 11-66 (2016); "Corporate Social Responsibility in Weak Governance Zones," 14(1) SANTA CLARA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 297-332 (2016); "Regulating Multinational Corporations — Trends, Challenges and Opportunities," 22(1) BROWN JOURNAL OF WORLD AFFAIRS 153-173 (Fall/Winter 2015);
"Transnational Corporations’ Outward Expression of Inward Self-Constitution: The Enforcement of Human Rights by Apple, Inc.," 20(2) INDIANA JOURNAL FO GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 805-879 (2013); "Private Actors and Public Governance Beyond the State: The Multinational Corporation, the Financial Stability Board and the Global Governance Order," 18(2) INDIANA JOURNAL OF GLOBAL LEGAL STUDIES 751-802 (2011); "Sovereign Investing in Times of Crisis: Global Regulation of Sovereign Wealth Funds, State Owned Enterprises and the Chinese Experience," 19(1) TRANSNATIONAL ALW AND CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS 3-144 (2010); "Case Note: Rights And Accountability In Development (Raid) V Das Air (21 July 2008) And Global Witness V Afrimex (28 August 2008); Small Steps Toward an Autonomous Transnational Legal System for the Regulation of Multinational Corporations," 10(1) MELBOURNE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 258-307 (2009); "Multinational Corporations as Objects and Sources of Transnational Regulation," 14 ILSA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW 499-523 (2008); "Economic Globalization and the Rise of Efficient Systems of Global Private Law Making: Wal-Mart as Global Legislator," 39(4) UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT LAW REVIEW 1739-1784 (2007); "Ideologies of Globalization and Sovereign Debt: Cuba and the IMF," 24 PENN STATE INTER$NATIONAL LAW REVIEW 497-561(2006); "Multinational Corporations, Transnational Law: Corporate Social Responsibility as International Law," 37 COLUMBIA. HUMAN RIGHTS LAW REVIEW 287 (2006); "Director Independence and the Duty of Care: Race, Gender, Class and the Disney-Ovitz Litigation," 79 ST. JOHN’S LAW REVIEW 1011 (2005); "Surveillance and Control: Internal, External and Governmental Monitoring of Corporate Insiders After Sarbanes-Oxley," 2004 MICHIGAN STATE LAW REV. 327 (2004); "The Duty to Monitor: Emerging Obligations of Outside Lawyers and Auditors to Detect and Report Corporate Wrongdoing Beyond the Federal Securities Laws," 77 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 919 (2003), reprinted 53(4) DEFENSE L.J. 671 (2004); "The Euro and the European Demos: A Reconstitution," 21 YEAR BOOK OF EUROPEAN LAW 13 (2002).