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Stepan Wood

Stepan Wood

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Osgoode Hall Law School
York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3


  • Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University


Professor Stepan Wood teaches climate change law, environmental law and property law. He is Editor in Chief of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and Acting Director of IRIS: the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability. His research focuses on corporate social responsibility, sustainability, globalization, transnational private governance, voluntary standards, climate change and environmental law. He is currently directing an interdisciplinary research project on the dynamics of interaction among transnational business governance initiatives in fields as diverse as accounting standards and sustainable forestry certification. He is co-author with Stephen Clarkson of A Perilous Imbalance: The Globalization of Canadian Law and Governance (2010, shortlisted for the Donald Smiley award for best book on Canadian politics), co-editor of Climate Law and Developing Countries (2009) and co-editor of Environmental Law for Sustainability (2006). He is founder and co-chair of the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot for Canadian law schools. He is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standard, a frequent Canadian delegate to meetings of ISO Technical Committee 207 on Environmental Management, and was a member of the Canadian Advisory Committee on the ISO 26000 Social Responsibility Guide. He is a past director of Osgoode's Moot Court program and joint JD/Master in Environmental Studies program. 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 the global firm White & Case in New York. He is a member of the bar of New York.


  • BA, York University
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • SJD, Harvard University