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1 Oct 2017, 1:20 pm
In anticipation of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress the great stakeholders Chinese officials and academics tend to accelerate the pace of their activities either to influence or to position themselves on the right side of the policy choices and initiatives to be announces, rejected, and emphasized at the CCP Congress. [read post]
29 Sep 2017, 3:03 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017 (a street dog neutered by a local social organization wearing a notice to that effect and imploring passers by to refrain from beating the dog))No sooner did I post some thoughts and the first reports about the U.S. decision to substantially reduce its personnel in Cuba, freeze visa applications and issue a travel warning (U.S. [read post]
29 Sep 2017, 10:53 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)The tenuous nature of the raproachment between the United States and Cuba has been taking an unexpected turn over the course of the last several months. [read post]
17 Sep 2017, 1:45 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)I have started thinking through the issues around social credit generally, and the Chinese Social Credit project. [read post]
16 Sep 2017, 1:56 pm
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)I have started thinking through the issues around social credit generally, and the Chinese Social Credit project. [read post]
16 Sep 2017, 7:30 am
(Pix © Larry Catá Backer 2017)  --> I have started thinking through the issues around social credit generally, and the Chinese Social Credit project. [read post]
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]