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11 Apr 2020, 4:41 pm
For our first interview, Flora Sapio spoke to the issues of COVID-19 in Italy and its wider implication.For our next interview Flora turns the tables and interviews Larry Catá Backer. [read post]
2 Apr 2020, 7:31 pm
The organizers now invite interested participants to register for the Webinar Conference/Roundtable: COVID-19 and International Affairs now scheduled for 17 April 2020 from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm US East Coast Time. [read post]
1 Apr 2020, 6:58 am
Claire Cutler, Jothie Rajah, Natasha Affolder, Larry Catá Backer, Prabhakar Singh, Ralf Michaels, Vik KanwarThis title is available for institutional purchase via Cambridge CoreLook Inside Index (230 KB) Marketing Excerpt (123 KB) Front Matter (159 KB) Copyright Information Page (48 KB) Table of Contents (55 KB) [read post]
3 Mar 2020, 4:46 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer; Image of a Bronze Cowerie Container, figures attending a sacrificial ceremony led by the King, Western Han 202 BC- 8 AD; Beijing)Chinese officials are well into a current project of updating and consolidating a large number of regulatory projects. [read post]
29 Feb 2020, 5:38 am
The Penn State School of International Affairs, Penn State Law, the Coalition for Peace and Ethics and the Network for International Affairs are delighted to  sponsor a Roundtable: Coronavirus and International Affairs. [read post]
27 Feb 2020, 4:08 pm
I was honored to have been interviewed by Mohammad Al-Moshigh (LL.B, LL.M. legal specialist) who is doing advanced graduate study here at Penn State.In his words:Today I had the honor to speak with the godfather of Law and my greatest Professor Larry Catá Backer .It was an interesting interview in which we talked about the most important skill that lawyers should have when communicating with their clients.🙏🏻I take this opportunity to… [read post]
20 Feb 2020, 6:31 am
In a prior post (here) we passed along a call for written inputs circulated by the Working Group for Business and Human Rights to be considered by the Working Group in the preparation of its Report on the theme "Connecting the business and human rights and anti-corruption agendas. [read post]
7 Feb 2020, 11:58 am
I am delighted to announce the publication of Larry Catá Backer and Flora Sapio, "Popular Consultation and Referendum in the Making of Contemporary Cuban Socialist Democracy Practice and Constitutional Theory," University of Miami  International and Comparative Law Review 27(1):37-130.The article may be of interest to those examining issues of comparative constitutionalism, or the emergence of alternative  conceptualizations of… [read post]
4 Feb 2020, 7:30 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2020; Utrecht Museum Speelklok)Ratings based data driven frameworks for managing human and institutional behavior are increasingly acquiring an autonomy from the legal and accountability systems they once were thought to serve, and the norms of which were presumed to constrain their utilization. [read post]
1 Feb 2020, 12:43 pm
  Foreword: Bannermen and Heralds: The Identity of Flags; the Ensigns of Identity Larry Catá Backer Pennsylvania State University Schools of Law and International Affairs University Park PA 16802 USA Lcb11@psu.eduAbstract: Though flags have been considered from any number of perspectives, it is useful to revisit the notions of flag, community and identity, in the shadow of globalization. [read post]
20 Jan 2020, 11:59 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2020)In a prior post (Building New Era Thought--Reflections on Xi Jinping's Address on the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up, Beijing 18 December 2018) it was suggested that a year after its delivery, Xi Jinping's Speech on the 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening Up [-在庆祝改革开放40周年大会上的讲话] was now a more… [read post]
16 Jan 2020, 8:12 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2019)To the ends of advancing the study of New Era Thought along more useful lines, the Coalition for Peace and Ethics has undertaken a study of Chinese New Era Thought, of which these posts form a part. [read post]
14 Jan 2020, 5:52 pm
‘By Dred Things I am Compelled’:[1] China and the Challenge to International Human Rights Law and Policy Larry Catá Backer[2]Abstract: The rise of China as a global power has expanded beyond the realm of economic to international human rights law and policy. [read post]
10 Jan 2020, 6:52 pm
For that reason alone the speech is worth considerable study.That post included the original text of the 在庆祝改革开放40周年大会上的讲话 in the along with my crude machine assisted translation with the promise of reflections on what the Speech suggested for the emerging New Era Theory from Larry Catá Backer and Flora Sapio.This post includes the first of the… [read post]
7 Jan 2020, 7:30 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2019)I have been developing a course on transnational (or multinational; I use the terms interchangeably) enterprises. [read post]
1 Jan 2020, 2:19 pm
(Pix ©Larry Catá Backer, La Habana Cuba 2017)Every religion connects the structures of divinity to the human communities around which their worship is structured and social, political, economic, and cultural communities are organized. [read post]