Professor of Law
Home Department: School of Law
Areas of Interest
Domestic, comparative and international criminal law and procedure.
Máximo Langer is a leading authority on domestic, comparative and international criminal law and procedure. He regularly lectures in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States on criminal law and procedure issues. His work has been translated into Chinese, German, and Spanish, and has received awards from different professional associations, including the 2007 Hessel Yntema Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law, the 2007 Margaret Popkin Award by the Latin American Studies Association, and the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law.
Besides teaching at UCLA, Professor Langer has taught at the University Torcuato DiTella School of Law in Argentina, Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law, and the School of Law of Aix-Marseille University in France. He has also served on various boards and committees of the American Society of Comparative Law, the American Society of International Law, and the UCLA Latin American Institute, and he was the founding director of the UCLA Center for Argentina, Chile and the Southern Cone. He also serves on several editorial boards, including the executive editorial board of the American Journal of Comparative Law, and co-organizes the Annual Comparative Law Work-in-Progress Workshop (co-sponsored by the American Society of Comparative Law).
Professor Langer received his LL.B. from the University of Buenos Aires Law School (1995), where he was editor of the University of Buenos Aires Law Review,was awarded the Fundación Universitaria del Rio de la Plata Fellowship and graduated in the top 1% of his class. He entered the LL.M. program at Harvard Law School in 1998 and then switched to the S.J.D. program. At Harvard, he was awarded several fellowships, including the Edmond J. Safra Graduate Fellowship in Ethics from the Harvard University Center for Ethics, a Fellowship from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a Fellowship of the Center for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations from The Hague Academy of International Law, and the Fulbright Fellowship.
Before leaving Argentina for Harvard, Professor Langer served as a legal clerk in Argentinean Federal District Court No. 2 (1993-1994), and worked in white-collar criminal law litigation with Gottheil & Asociados in Buenos Aires (1994-1998). He also served as director of the Non-Conventional Offenses Program at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Criminal and Social Sciences (1997-1998) and worked as legal advisor to the Commissions of Justice and Criminal Law under Argentinean Congressman Jose Cafferata Nores (1998). He also worked in the United States in the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (2001).