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International and Graduate Programs Faculty and Staff

  • Larry Catá Backer

    Professor Larry Backer researches globalization, especially as it relates to the emergence of ways of understanding constitutional and enterprise law. His most recent work touches on the regulation of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, transnational constitutionalism, and the convergence of public and private law. He researches issues of governments as private actors in global markets, the development of law and social norm systems to regulate business and human rights.

    He teaches classes in constitutional, corporate, and transnational law and policy. Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He served as chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate for 2012-2013.

  • 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 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 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. Before entering academia, she was an antitrust law enforcement attorney with the New York attorney general's office and counsel with the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C.

  • Jamse Houck

    Vice Admiral (Ret.) James W. Houck is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs. 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.

  • Flynt Leverett

    An expert on the Middle East, international political economy, and Chinese foreign policy, Flynt Leverett is part of the founding faculty for Penn State's School of International Affairs, faculty affiliate in Penn State’s School of Law and Asian Studies Program, and visiting scholar at Peking University's School of International Studies. He is a regular contributor to The World Financial Review and, with his wife and frequent co-author, Hillary Mann Leverett, writes www.GoingToTehran.com, a prominent forum for realist analysis on Iran and the Middle East.

  • Tiyanjana Maluwa

    Tiyanjana Maluwa is the H. Laddie Montague Chair in Law. He previously worked as the legal counsel of the OAU (now African Union) and, subsequently, as the legal adviser to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Prior to joining the AU, he was Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town, and Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has also taught, in full-time and visiting capacities, at other universities in Africa and North America and spent a year as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany.

  • Catherine A. Rogers

    Catherine A. Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a dual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, the intersection of markets and regulation in guiding professional conduct, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor. Professor Rogers teaches, lectures, and publishes on these topics around the world, including as an invited participant at two Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Fora.

  • Stephen Ross

    Professor Ross teaches and writes in the disparate areas of Sports Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.  He clerked for Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 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 in both the United States and Canada.

  • 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 often 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). He is co-editor of the Yearbook of European Law.

  • Ventoruzzo

    Comparative business law scholar Marco Ventoruzzo holds a joint appointment with Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, where he has been director of the Ph.D. in Corporate and Business Law program and vice-director of the Paolo Baffi Research Center on Central Banking and Financial Regulation. He is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute and has directed the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in Luxembourg. 

The Law School’s Graduate and International Programs team focuses on ensuring that International LL.M. and S.J.D. students become a vital part of the law school community—enriching the program with their diversity of experience. Penn State Law’s integration with the School of International affairs offers students two faculties with unmatched depth in international law and policy.

International and Graduate Programs Staff:

Photo of Steve BarnesStephen G. Barnes
Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs
Steve oversees LL.M. and S.J.D. admissions.  Before his appointment, Steve lived for 8 years in China where he was a visiting law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and also served as Penn State Law China Programs Director. Steve is proficient in French, Chinese, and Swedish, and is energized by the cultural diversity that talented international students bring to Penn State Law.  Education:  J.D., University of Oregon; M.B.A., The George Washington University; B.A., Brigham Young University.

Photo of Jing HuJing Hu
Director of Graduate and International Programs
In addition to admissions—with a particular focus on applicants from China and exchange students—Jing also directs student services for all international LL.M., S.J.D., and exchange students  enrolled at Penn State Law.  Jing received her M.E. at Tianjin University of China and LL.M at Penn State Law.  Prior to joining Penn State she worked for a patent and trademark law office in China. From 2002-2006, she was a patent examiner of State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China. 

 

Photo of Brenda JohnsonBrenda Johnson
LL.M Admission & International Program Coordinator
A native of Pennsylvania, Brenda joined Penn State Law at University Park in 2007, following 18 years working in the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.  She has been the first point of contact for Penn State Law’s first LLM class of 2008 to present.  Brenda receives and processes all applications for the LL.M. and S.J.D. programs, as well as all exchange student applications.
 

 

Wanda Boone
Graduate and International Programs Administrative Support Assistant

Wanda graduated from Centre Business School and worked in a State College law firm for 27 years before joining Penn State Law in 2015.  In addition to her administrative duties, Wanda provides support services to Penn State Law’s  international students.