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Stepan Wood

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


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.