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Eric W. Orts

Guardsmark Professor

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management

Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

Research Interests: corporate governance, environmental management, environmental law and policy, securities regulation, theories of the firm, professional ethics

Links: CV, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership


JSD, Columbia University, 1994; JD, University of Michigan, 1988; MA, New School for Social Research, 1985; BA, Oberlin College, 1982.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Awards

MBA Excellence in Teaching Award for an Elective Course, 2011.

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1991-present (named Guardsmark Professor in 2001); faculty director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, 2007 to present; faculty co-director, FINRA at Wharton Institute, 2000 to present.  Visiting appointments:  Harvard University (Eugene P. Beard Faculty Fellow, Center for Ethics and the Professions); INSEAD (Economics and Political Science); University of Leuven (Fulbright Visiting Professor, law faculty);  University of Michigan Law School; NYU School of Law; UCLA School of Law; University of California Santa Barbara, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; University of Sydney Law School; and Tsinghua University, School of Economics and Management (Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor).

Other Positions

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, associate attorney, 1988-90; Chemical Bank Fellow in Corporate Social Responsibility, Columbia University School of Law, 1990-91.

Professional Leadership

Founding board member, Alliance for Research in Corporate Sustainability, 2009-present; editorial board, Business Ethics Quarterly, 2011-present; consulting member, American Law Institute, 1997-present.