Máximo Langer is a leading authority on domestic, comparative and international criminal law and procedure. Besides teaching at UCLA, he 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 regularly lectures in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States on criminal law and procedure issues. His work has received awards from different professional associations and groups and has been translated to Chinese, German and Spanish. His article “The Rise of Managerial Judging in International Criminal Law” was selected for the 2006 Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum in the Public International Law Category, and won the 2007 Hessel Yntema Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law for “Most Outstanding Article Published by a Scholar under 40” in a recent volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law. His article “Revolution in Latin American Criminal Procedure: Diffusion of Legal Ideas from the Periphery” was awarded the 2007 Margaret Popkin Award by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for “Best Paper on the Law” presented at the XXVII LASA International Congress. His article “The Diplomacy of Universal Jurisdiction: The Political Branches and the Transnational Prosecution of International Crimes” was awarded the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law for an outstanding piece in the American Journal of International Law by an author under the age of 40.
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 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).