Larry Catá Backer



LARRY CATÁ BACKER is the W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law & International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University (B.A. Brandeis University; M.P.P. Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; J.D. Columbia University). His research focuses on governance related issues of globalization and the constitutional theories of public and private governance, with a focus on institutional frameworks where public and private law systems converge. He is particularly interested in transnational problem solving through law, broadly defined, including issues of corporate social responsibility, the relationship between state-based regulation and transnational systems of “soft” regulation, state participation in private markets and the emerging problems of polycentricity where multiple systems might be simultaneously applied to a single issue or event, and problems of translation between Western and Marxist Leninist (especially Chinese) constitutional systems. He teaches courses in corporate law, transnational law, and International Organizations. His publications include Lawyers Making Meaning: The Semiotics of Law in Legal Education (Springer 2013), and Signs in Law, A Source Book (Springer 2014) (both with Jan Broekman), casebooks, Comparative Corporate Law (Carolina Academic Press, 2002) and Law and Religion: Cases, Materials, and Readings (West 2015, with Frank S. Ravitch), an edited collection of essays, Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization (Carolina Academic Press, 2007) and a number of articles and contributions to published collections of essays. Shorter essays on various aspects of globalization and governance appear on his essay site, “Law at the End of the Day,” His publications and other work are available on his personal website: or through the Social Science Research Network:

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