Anita  Cava

Anita Cava

Professor, Business Law


Anita Cava is the Director of the Business Ethics Program and Co-Director of the University of Miami Ethics Programs, a university-wide entity that promotes research, teaching and service across the disciplines in areas of ethical interest and concern. Professor Cava is the Academic Director of the School of Business Latin American Health Care Compliance Certificate Program and was a plenary speaker at the Latin American Healthcare Compliance Congress in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2012 and in Mexico City, Mexico in 2014. She is an active member of the Latin American Ethics and Compliance Network.

Over the past decade, Professor Cava has helped to launch innovative projects at the Miami Business School, including the undergraduate University of Miami Ethics Bowl – our 2007 team took first place at the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, besting defending champion West Point, the MBA Consultants to Non-Profits Project, and the Compliance Boot Camp, a four-day, non-credit/no-cost introduction to the basics of compliance for undergraduate students. She co-directs the Arsht Initiatives of University of Miami Ethics Programs, which include a speaker series, funding for faculty/student research in “Ethics and Community” and a student Ethics Debate at SportsFest, a campus-wide intramural event in the residential colleges. She also started an annual spring Ethics in Film series and serves as the faculty advisor to the University of Miami Ethics Society. In 2006 and again in 2012 and 2013, she taught Corporate Social Responsibility at the American University in Paris.

A frequent speaker on the topics of business ethics, corporate compliance and the legal and ethical environment of electronic medical information, Professor Cava’s audiences have included Baptist Health System, Cordis Corporation, Palm Beach County Principals and the Institute for Non-Profit Management, as well as community groups, management trainees, and staff at several corporations and non-profit organizations.

A Miami native, Professor Cava received her BA with Distinction from Swarthmore College and her JD from New York University, where she was a Hays Fellow. Before joining the faculty, she practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Miami, primarily in the areas of employment, consumer and commercial litigation.

Research Interests

Legal and ethical aspects of health administration; corporate corruption and compliance; and community engagement and business ethics

Featured Publications

  • Earle, B. and Cava, A., The ‘Princelings’ and the Banks: When Does a Legitimate Business Practice Become Criminal Corruption in Violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?, 37 Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business (2016-17) (forthcoming)

    Earle, B. and Cava, A., The Mystery of Declinations Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: A Proposal to Incentivize Compliance, 49 UC Davis Law Review 567 (2015)

    Earle, B. and Cava, A., The Penumbra of the United States’ Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Brazil’s Clean Companies Act and Implications for the Pharmaceutical Industry, 13 Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business 439-468 (2014) (invited) (SSRN 10 most downloaded 12/9/14)

    Mayer, D., Cava, A., Baird, C., Crime and Punishment (or the Lack Thereof) for Financial Fraud in the Subprime Mortgage Meltdown: Reasons and Remedies for Legal and Ethical Lapses, 51 American Business Law Journal 515-597 (2014)

    Earle, B. and Cava, A. When is a Bribe Not a Bribe? Rethinking the FCPA in Light of Business Reality, 23 University of Indiana International and Comparative Law Journal 111-161 (2013)

    Cava, A. and Stewart, B., Quid Pro Quo Corruption is "So Yesterday": Restoring Honest Services Fraud After Skilling and Black, 12 U.C. Davis Business Law Journal 1- 29 (2011)

    Cushman, R., Froomkin, M., Cava, A., Abril, P., Goodman, K., Ethics and Personal Health Records, 43 Journal of Biomedical Informatics S51-S55 (Supplement 1) (2010).

    Earle, B. and Cava, A., Are Anti-Corruption Efforts Paying Off? International and National Measures in the Asia-Pacific Region and their Impact on India and Multinational Corporations, 31 Hawaii Law Review 59-86 (2008).

    Abril, P. and Cava, A., Health Privacy in a Techno-Social World: A Cyber-Patient’s Bill of Rights, 7 Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 244-277 (2008) (invited).

    Goodman, K. and Cava, A., Bioethics, Business Ethics and Science: Bioinformatics and the Future of Healthcare, 17 Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1-12 (2008).

    Brackett, N., Lynne, C., Attia, G., Carmack, A., Cava, A. and Goodman, K., Treatment of Infertility in Men with Spinal Cord Injury: Medical Progress and Ethical Considerations, 13; 4 Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 120-133 (2008).

    Mitchell, C., Armstrong, F., Goodman, K., Cava, A. and Scott, G., Disclosure of HIV Status to an Infected Child: Medical, Psychological, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives, 19; 1 Journal of Clinical Ethics 43-52 (2008).

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Professor, Business Law, University of Miami Business School, 2010 - Present
  • Associate Professor, Business Law, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1985 - 2010
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 1981 - 1982
  • Private Practice, John B. Ostrow, 1984 - 1985
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Services, 1982 - 1984


  • Health care law and ethics
  • Corporate compliance and corruption


  • J.D., New York University, 1978
  • B.A., with distinction, Swarthmore College, 1975

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Maurer Award, Outstanding Ethics Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2012
  • UM Alumni Association “Inside Out” Award, 2009
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