Professor Catá Backer is visiting Tulane this year from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, where he has taught since 2000. Previously, he taught at the University of Tulsa College of Law and was executive director of the Center for International and Comparative Law there. He has also taught in Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Spain, Slovakia and Italy. Professor Catá Backer has taught and written about United States constitutional law, corporate law and the institutions of the European Union, often from a comparative law perspective. Currently, he focusses his research and teaching on globalization and the convergence of public and private law with special attention to the regulation of states, corporations and non-governmental organizations.
After his graduation from law school, where he was Publishable Notes Editor of the Columbia Law Review, Professor Catá Backer clerked on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Thereafter, he entered the private practice of law in Los Angeles at Irell & Manella and, subsequently, Seyfarth Shaw, Fairweather & Geraldson. He has an extensive publications record in constitutional law, corporate law, the constitutional law of religion, and transnational law.
Professor Backer’s recent publications include a course book entitled Comparative Corporate Law
and journal articles on rule of law issues in Chinese constitutionalism, on the regulation of multi-national corporations, on the regulation of constitutionalism through international law, on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, on corporate social responsibility as a subject of international law, on the relationship between gender and law in the United States, Malaysia and Zimbabwe, on Cuba and economic globalization, on sovereign debt and the corporate model of insolvency, on the proposed European Union Constitutional Treaty, on the effects of recent United States Supreme Court decisions on concepts of American federalism, a comparison of the governmental structure of the Confederate States of America with the European Union, and an analysis of modes of thinking about legal issues of same sex marriage.
He is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He serves on the editorial board of Revista Seqüência (Brasil) and has served as an editor of the Association of American Law School’s Minority Groups Section Newsletter since 2003. At Penn State Dickinson, he sponsors the Latina/o Law Students Association.
Personal web page: http://www.personal.psu.edu/lcb11
Fall 2007 - Civil Procedure; European Union I
Spring 2008 - European Union II; Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar