Stepan Wood

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Professor Stepan Wood teaches environmental law, property law and climate change law. He is Editor in Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Coordinator of the JD/Master in Environmental Studies joint program, Academic Co-Director of the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program, and Founding Co-Chair of the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational private governance, voluntary standards, climate change, and environmental law. He is the leader of an international interdisciplinary research project on Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI) funded by a Partnership Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. This project manages an international research network, develops analytical tools, conducts empirical and theoretical research, and mobilizes policy-relevant academic knowledge related to the drivers, forms, mechanisms, and impacts of regulatory competition, cooperation, coordination, and conflict among transnational non-state programs designed to regulate global business.

Professor Wood’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 numerous 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 the University of Verona (Italy), Bar-Ilan University (Israel), Monash (Prato Law Program, Italy), Chicago-Kent College of Law, Northwestern University, Valparaiso University, and Universidad del Rosario (Bogotá). 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 of the ISO 14001 and 14004 standards. 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. Closer to home, he is a champion of academic freedom and collegiality within York University and was the chief negotiator of the Osgoode Hall Faculty Association’s first collective agreement in 2013. He has also worked with the Jane-Finch Green Change Project to mobilize university-community collaboration in support of sustainable livelihoods in a local low-income community.

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 practised law with White & Case in New York. He is a member of the bar of New York.

Research Interests: Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Law, Voluntary Standards, Private Regulation, Globalization, Transnational Governance