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Errol Meidinger

Errol Meidinger

2016 York Workshop │2016 ISEAL Brainstorm│ 2015 LSE Workshop │2015 LSA Panel │SSHRC PDG │ 2014 Buffalo Workshop │ 2013 LSA Panel │ 2013 ISA Panel │ 2012 LSA Panel │ 2012 Berlin Workshop │ 2011 Florence Workshop │ 2010 Toronto Workshop



Errol Meidinger is the Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He is also an Honorary Professor of Forestry and Environmental Science at the University of Freiburg in Germany, where he was a Fulbright Professor in 1999-2000 and served as one of the founding faculty participants in the Masters Program in Environmental Governance. Errol serves as Director of the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, a research institute advancing the interdisciplinary study of law and legal institutions that links over two hundred researchers at SUNY Buffalo and in the surrounding region. He was previously a member of the U.S. National Standards Committee, Forest Stewardship Council as well as the founding Director of the University at Buffalo Environment & Society Institute. He is a co-principal investigator and steering committee member overseeing the partnership of researchers investigating transnational business governance initiatives, a project that is funded by a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Development Grant and involves more than thirty researchers from nine countries, representing 23 institutions.

Errol has pioneered the study of private environmental regulation and transnational business governance initiatives, bringing theories of democracy, global civil society, and administrative law to bear on forest certification and competitive supranational regulation. He also writes on the subjects of business and human rights, corporate responsibility, and natural resource legality requirements in international trade.

He recently co-authored a chapter in The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Foundations and Implementation (2012) called “Protect, Respect, Remedy and Participate: “New Governance” Lessons for the Ruggie Framework” and published an article in a special edition of Regulation and Governance (2014) with the TBGI Steering Committee called “Transnational Business Governance Interactions: Conceptualization and Framework for Analysis”. He is also the co-editor of The Big Thaw: Policy, Governance and Climate Change in the Circumpolar North (forthcoming from SUNY Press); Confronting Sustainability: Forest Certification in Developing and Transitioning Countries (2006), and Social and Political Dimensions of Forest Certification (2003). Errol received an MA, JD and PhD from Northwestern University, where he specialized in Law and the Social Sciences.