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TBGI Project Leaders

Stepan Wood

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

<wood@allard.ubc.ca>

Stepan Wood is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Society and Sustainability at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, where he directs the Centre for Law and the Environment. Before joining UBC, he was a faculty member at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University from 1997 to 2017, where he was Editor in Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Coordinator of the JD/Master in Environmental Studies joint program, and founding Academic Co-Director of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational private governance, voluntary standards, climate change, and environmental law. He was the principal investigator of the SSHRC Partnership Development Grant that funded the first years of the TBGI project.

Stepan’s co-authored book, A Perilous Imbalance: The Globalization of Canadian Law and Governance (2010, with Stephen Clarkson), was shortlisted for the Donald Smiley award for best book on Canadian politics. His article “The Case for Leverage-Based Corporate Human Rights Responsibility’ (Business Ethics Quarterly, 2012) was a finalist for the BEQ Best Article award. Conducting a mix of individual and collaborative interdisciplinary research, he has written and edited a range of books, articles, chapters and reports on subjects as diverse as corporate codes of conduct, governmentality, globalization, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), invasive species, biofuels, climate change, environmental law, and brownfields redevelopment.

Professor Wood has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence and has held visiting positions at Bar-Ilan University, Monash (Prato Law Program, Italy), Chicago-Kent College of Law, Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, and Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá). He is founder and co-chair of the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot, Canada’s first nationwide environmental law moot court competition. He is Vice-Chair of the Canadian national committee on environmental management systems standards, a frequent Canadian delegate to meetings of ISO Technical Committee 207 on Environmental Management, and a lead Canadian negotiator in the revision of the ISO 14001 standard. He was a member of the Canadian national advisory committee on the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guide. He is a community member of the ISEAL Alliance, the leading global umbrella organization for sustainability standards systems. Before obtaining his doctorate from Harvard Law School, he was a law clerk to the late Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced law with White & Case in New York. He is a member of the bar of New York.

 

Kenneth W. Abbott

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

 

<Ken.Abbott@asu.edu>

Kenneth W. Abbott is Jack E. Brown Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s (ASU) Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. He is also a faculty member at the ASU School of Global Studies and a Senior Sustainability Scholar in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability. Professor Abbott taught for over 25 years at Northwestern University, where he held the Elizabeth Froehling Horner Chair in Law and Commerce and served as director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies. Ken 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.

Ken is a leading scholar of international law and international relations. He has published extensively in areas that include the interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations, including soft law, public and private institutions, environmental and sustainability issues, development policy, global health, and international trade and economic law. His landmark research on transnational governance has introduced numerous influential concepts including the “governance triangle” and “orchestration,” a strategy of indirect governance employed by international organizations and other governance actors. In 2014 he co-authored International Organizations as Orchestrators, which was the result of a three-year group research project on orchestration funded by the Institute of Advanced Study at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Prior to entering teaching, Professor Abbott practiced poverty law in Boston and Oklahoma, and corporate law in New York.

 

 

Julia Black

2015 LSE Workshop │SSHRC PDG │ 2012 Berlin Workshop │ 2011 Florence Workshop │ 2010 Toronto Workshop

 

 

<J.Black@lse.ac.uk>

Julia Black is a Professor of Law at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she is currently the Pro-Director for Research. She was the previous Director of the Law Department’s Law and Financial Markets Project; an initiative that aims to bridge the gap between lawyers in the commercial world and those in academic institutions. In addition, she is a research associate at LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and a co-chair of the CARR Regulators’ Forum. Julia 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.

Julia is a leading scholar of regulation. She was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015. She has been a visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, the University of Oxford, and in 2014 was the Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the University of Wellington, New Zealand. In November 2012 she gave a Public Lecture at Osgoode Hall Law School introducing a novel analytical framework to explore transnational business governance interactions. Julia’s research develops a theory on the nature, dynamics and legitimacy of state and non-state regulatory regimes with a focus on financial markets, risk and emerging polycentric regimes. She is the author of Rules and Regulators (1997) and co-editor of Regulatory Innovation: A Comparative Analysis (2005). Julia’s expertise is widely sought and she has advised a number of governmental and consumer bodies, including the OECD, the financial, environment and legal services regulators in the UK, the Bank of England, the Law Commission of England and Wales, the Canadian Investment Dealers’ Association and the Australian Law Reform Commission. She is the General Editor of the Modern Law Review and sits on the editorial boards of Regulation and Governance and Law and Policy. She is also an independent board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chair of its Standards Committee.

 

 

Burkard Eberlein

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

 

<BEberlein@schulich.yorku.ca>

Burkard Eberlein is Professor of public policy in the Schulich School of Business at York University. In June 2012, Burkard completed a year-long appointment as a visiting scholar at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. More recently, he has held a visiting research professor position at the University of Konstanz (Germany). 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 (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant and involves more than thirty researchers from nine countries, representing 23 institutions.

Burkard’s research addresses comparative public policy and transnational regulatory governance arrangements. In the realm of public policy, his research focuses on institutional determinants of policy-making processes and policy outcomes across jurisdictions in advanced industrial countries, with a special interest in regulatory, and energy and environmental policy-making, and a regional focus on the European Union and Canada. In the realm of transnational governance, Burkard’s research investigates to which extent transnational business governance initiatives that bring together government, firms, and civil society organizations can be both effective and legitimate. He is principal investigator of a project (funded by a SSHRC Standard Grant) that investigates the legitimation strategies of two private standard-setters: the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in financial reporting and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in non-financial reporting.

Among his more recent publications, Burkard is the co-editor of Complex Democracy: Varieties, Crises, and Transformations (2015) as well as a special issue of Regulation & Governance (2014) on ‘Transnational Business Governance Interactions’, and a virtual special issue on ‘Regulation in the EU’ with the Journal of European Public Policy (2013). Burkard holds both a PhD in political science and Master’s degree from the University of Konstanz in Germany, in addition to a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.

 

 

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

 

<eemeid@buffalo.edu>

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.