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15 Sep 2017, 5:57 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)I am happy to report the posting of a new paper, currently titled "From a “Two Thrust Approach” to a “Two Sword One Thrust Strategy” to Combat Criminal Corruption: Corporate Compliance, Prosecutorial Discretion, and Sovereign Investor Oversight. [read post]
5 Sep 2017, 8:46 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)The IGWG (the Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights) will hold its Third session, 23-27 October 2017, in Geneva. [read post]
4 Sep 2017, 3:08 pm
(Pix © 2017 Larry Catá Backer)I have started thinking through the issues around social credit generally, and the Chinese Social Credit project specifically ((1) China's Social Credit Initiative in a Global Context: (2) Introduction and the Problem of Transparency; (3 )China's Social Credit Initiative in a Global Context: First Attempt at FAQs); (4) China's Mass Line Online:… [read post]
26 Aug 2017, 5:46 am
Larry Backer, Professor of Law and International Affairs in Penn State University through an interview by Payman Yazdani. [read post]
20 Aug 2017, 6:37 pm
PROGRAM“European China Law Studies Young Scholars Workshop” at the 12th annual conference of European China Law Studies Association (ECLS) Wednesday, 23 August 2017 Leiden University 12.30 h Registration Leiden University, Law School Kamerlingh Onnes Building Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden 13.00 – 14.30 h Paving the Way for an Academic Career / Ways of Self-Presentation and Promotion as a Young Scholar ▪ Susan Finder (Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong) ▪ Rogier… [read post]
11 Aug 2017, 2:28 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2016)Issues around the safety and scope of operation of individuals identified as human rights defenders has become an increasingly important area of concern. [read post]
5 Aug 2017, 5:37 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2016) Several months ago I posted a draft syllabus for a new course on Corporate Social Responsibility (Corporate Social Responsibility Law--A Tentative Syllabus). [read post]
4 Aug 2017, 7:52 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)I am happy to announce publication of Larry Catá Backer, "Tongguo Jiti Zuzhi de shehui zhuyi xiandaihua (通过集体组织的社会主义现代化 评中华人民共和国慈善法) [Commentary on the New Charity Undertakings Law:Socialist… [read post]
26 Jul 2017, 9:24 am
(View of Havana Harbor from the Shrine of our Lady of Regla; Image © Larry Catá Backer 2017)The 27th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy will take place in Miami, Florida 27-29 July 2017. [read post]
19 Jul 2017, 1:06 pm
The Algorithms of Ideology in Economic Planning: A Critical Look at Cuba’s National Economic and Social Development Plan 2030, With a Focus on the Pharma Sector (Conference Draft) Larry Catá Backer[1]Short Abstract: The development plans of Marxist Leninist states are usually given short shrift as expressions of ideology (at best) and propaganda (at its most pathetic). [read post]
16 Jul 2017, 3:02 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)In May, 2017, the Utrecht Center for Accountability and and Liability Law (UCALL), sponsored an excellent conference, Accountability and International Business Operations: Providing Justice for Corporate Violations of Human Rights, Labor and Environmental Standards. [read post]
11 Jul 2017, 1:54 pm
 (Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)A reading of the two articles suggests the continuing richness of the debate about the UNGP in the evolving context of managing behaviors in global production. [read post]
4 Jul 2017, 3:53 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2016)For American Independence Day I have gotten into the habit of considering questions touching on the essence of American political ideology (e.g., Democracy Part 36: Representative Democracy in an Age Beyond the State--The United States in a Global Political Society; Ruminations 56: On Symbols in American Political Ideology--From Russian Imperial Anthems to Confederate Battle Flags, Marriage, Legislature, and Statute;… [read post]
29 Jun 2017, 1:21 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2016))It was my great pleasure to participate in the recently concluded "Symposium On the Internationalization of the RMB: Risks and Challenges Ahead," presented by the Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies in collaboration with the East China University of Political Science and Law, in association with the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance and organized by Professor Rodrigo… [read post]
23 Jun 2017, 5:15 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)The Coalition for Peace and Ethics and the Foundation for Law and International Affairs have started a joint project on "Social Credit. [read post]
22 Jun 2017, 8:45 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017) I have posted a draft of my essay, "The Human Rights Obligations of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs): Emerging Conceptual Structures and Principles in National and International Law and Policy. [read post]
4 Jun 2017, 7:51 pm
--> (Ancient Automobile Trinidad, Cuba 2015 Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2016)I am pleased to let those interested know that I have posted a draft of my essay, "The Human Rights Obligations of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs): Emerging Conceptual Structures and Principles in National and International Law and Policy. [read post]
25 May 2017, 5:46 pm
What We Can Learn from the Rana Plaza Factory Building Collapse Larry Catá Backer*Abstract: In 2013, over a thousand workers were killed when the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in Bangladesh, one housing several garment factories producing goods for global consumer markets. [read post]