Larry CatŠ Backer is Professor of Law, Pennsylvania State University.
Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), and a founding director of the Consortium for Peace and Ethics, a policy NGO. He has taught and lectured widely in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. His research focuses on issues of globalization and public/private law convergence. He is particularly interested in the public functions of private entities (corporations as regulators) and private functions of public entities (states as market participants). Current projects include regulatory frameworks for sovereign investments, odious debt doctrine, public functions of multinational corporations and non-state regulatory mechanics. He has published a casebook, "Comparative Corporate Law," an edited collection of essays, "Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization," and a number of articles on transnational constitutional and corporate governance. He is completing a casebook, "Transnational Law and Legal Issues." Additionally, shorter essays on various aspects of globalization and governance appear on his essay site, "Law at the End of the Day"