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International, Foreign, and Comparative Law Faculty

  • Larry Catá Backer

    Professor Larry Catá Backer immigrated with his family from Cuba when he was young, growing up in the Cuban American community in Miami. Professor Backer focuses his research on governance-related issues of globalization and the constitutional theories of public and private governance, with an emphasis on institutional frameworks for public-private law governance systems. Recent work centers on issues of corporate social responsibility, mixed regulatory systems and regulatory governance (especially touching on SOEs and SWFs), the emerging problems of polycentricity where multiple systems might be simultaneously applied to a single issue or event, and problems of translation between Western and Marxist Leninist (especially Chinese and Cuban) constitutional systems.

  • Eleanor Brown | Penn State Law

    Eleanor Brown is a professor of law at Penn State Law. She also is a professor of international affairs in the School of International Affairs (SIA), and a senior scientist in the Rock Ethics Institute.

  • Thomas Carbonneau

    Professor Carbonneau is a scholar of international, comparative, and domestic arbitration. He has written more than fifteen books and eighty scholarly articles. As a Fulbright Scholar, he held the Visiting Chair in Comparative Law and Legal Pluralism at McGill Faculty of Law in Montréal, Quebec, Canada in spring 2010. He is faculty director of Penn State's Institute for Arbitration Law and Practice and oversees publication of the Arbitration Law Review. Professor Carbonneau is a former Rhodes Scholar.

  • Beth Farmer

    Professor Beth Farmer’s research interests include U.S. and foreign antitrust and trade regulation law, issues of federalism, and comparative competition policy. She has served as a non-governmental advisor and rapporteur for the International Competition Network annual conferences in 2010 (Istanbul) and 2009 (Zurich) and is currently working with the Agency Effectiveness Working Group on a chapter for the Competition Agency Practices Manual that will address agency prioritization and strategic planning, project management techniques and project evaluation.

  • Jamse Houck

    Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck is the interim dean and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs and the inaugural director of the Center for Security Research and Education at Penn State. He joined Penn State in 2012 after a 32-year career in the United States Navy, beginning as a qualified destroyer officer of the deck and culminating in appointment as the 41st Judge Advocate General of the U.S.

  • Tiyanjana Maluwa

    Professor Maluwa is recognized internationally for his extensive scholarly writings and expertise in public international law and human rights. He has been called upon to serve as a special expert and consultant to the United Nations, the African Union and other organizations. He was invited by the Swedish government to join an international jury charged with the task of selecting the winner of the Stockholm International Prize in Criminology. In 1997, he was asked by the United Nations to serve as the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Nigeria following the execution of the famed poet-activist Ken Saro Wiwa.

  • Jud Mathews' scholarship brings a comparative and interdisciplinary approach to questions of public law. He has written extensively about techniques of constitutional rights adjudication, in the United States and in other jurisdictions, and in particular about proportionality review. His scholarship in administrative law has explored, among other topics, the political economy of judicial deference doctrines and the tensions between administrative law and democratic theory. He is the author of two books published by Oxford University Press, Extending Rights’ Reach: Constitutions, Private Law, and Judicial Power, and Proportionality Balancing and Constitutional Governance: A Global and Comparative Approach  (co-written with Alec Stone Sweet).

  • Stephen Ross

    Professor Ross teaches and writes in the disparate areas of Sports Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Statutory Interpretation. He clerked for Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her first year on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit, served as minority counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate, and worked as an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has provided expert testimony and advice on sports antitrust issues to governmental entities and sports leagues and players associations around the world, and has consulted on sports league design for professional sports organizations in rugby, ice hockey, cricket, and motorcycle racing.

  • Geoffrey Scott

    Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is in intellectual property and on the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He has given particular attention to the protection of cultural properties in both Europe and Asia, to domestic and international entertainment issues with an emphasis on music, and to the representation of the individual professional athlete. He received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2004-2005 for his research in the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar at the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies in the fields of biotechnology and intellectual property law.

  • Samuel C. Thompson Jr.

    Professor Thompson directs Penn State’s Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions and teaches on the corporate, securities, tax, and antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions as well as international tax, investment banking, taxation of business entities, and economic growth policy. Professor Thompson has been a tax policy advisor, on behalf of the U.S. Treasure Tax Assistance Office, to the South African Ministry of Finance in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Panagiotis Takis Tridimas

    Professor Tridimas specializes in European Union and financial law. He is one of the most frequently quoted authors by the European Court of Justice and, on matters of EU law, by English courts. His research covers all aspects of EU law, including, constitutional law, judicial protection, and the substantive law of the EU. He has advised state institutions and corporations in relation to the Eurozone crisis and has given press and television interviews in Europe and the US. He served as senior legal advisor to the European Union and chaired the committee responsible for drafting the treaty of Accession to the EU of the Central and Eastern European States (2003).