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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]
15 Nov 2019, 2:38 am
 Session participants include Mohamed Athman (Save Lamu); Larry Catá Backer (Penn State University); Flora Sapio (Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale”); and Wawa Wang (Sustainable Energy). [read post]
23 Oct 2019, 4:59 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2019)On October 8, Premier Li Keqiang presided over the State Council executive meeting, deliberating and passing the "Optimization of the Business Environment Regulations (Draft)" (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations), and providing institutional guarantees for the investment and development of various market entities by government legislation. [read post]
8 Oct 2019, 7:47 am
The PowerPoints of the Remarks may be accessed HERE.Social Credit and Foreign Enterprises Along the Silk Road Larry Catá Backer Remarks prepared for a Lecture Delivered at the Institute for East Asian Studies Cologne, Germany ( [read post]
1 Oct 2019, 9:31 am
  For a discussion of accountability see, e.g., Backer, Larry Catá, Unpacking Accountability in Business and Human Rights: The Multinational Enterprise, the State, and the International Community (April 15, 2018). [read post]