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Errol Meidinger

Errol Meidinger

Adjunct Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo

eemeid@buffalo.edu

716-645-6692

Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy
State University of New York
719 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
USA

Titles

  • Professor of Law, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Adjunct Professor of Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Honorary Professor, Forestry and Environmental Science, University of Freiburg, Germany

Biography

Errol Meidinger teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, International Trade and Environment, Property, and Administrative Law, enhancing his teaching with research in each area. Much of his current research focuses on efforts to use 'supra-governmental' regulatory systems, such as environmental certification and fair labor standards programs, to improve the social and environmental performance of business organizations. He is also writing on the subjects of 'soft law,' global regulation, and recent efforts to change the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

His earlier scholarship examined topics such as the changing roles of scientists in environmental policy making, the legal and organizational dimensions of ecosystem management, the changing nature of federal-state relationships in environmental regulation, the privatization of regulatory enforcement, the use of market mechanisms in pollution regulation, the 'public use' requirement in eminent domain, and the social and political consequences of rapid energy development.

Professor Meidinger also serves as Director of the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, a research institute that advances the University's role in cutting edge research on law and legal institutions. The Baldy Center links over a hundred researchers in the University and surrounding region. He previously served as the founding Director of the UB Environment & Society Institute.

Professor Meidinger is an Honorary Professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he served as a Fulbright Professor in 1999-2000. During 2006-2007 he was the Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. In prior years he was also a visiting professor at the University of Washington and Syracuse University.

Education

  • PhD, Law and the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, 1987
  • JD, Law and the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, 1979
  • MA, Law and the Social Sciences, Northwestern University, 1977
  • BA, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, University of North Dakota, 1973