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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

Current research focuses on several projects:  completing a book under contract with Oxford University Press on "Rethinking the Firm," an interdisciplinary sequel to "Business Persons:  A Legal Theory of the Firm" (OUP 2013); writing a book proposal with a co-author on "Climate Contracts" that expands on an article by the same name; and doing research for an article on "Constitutional Commodification" to be written with Amy Sepinwall.


  • Eric W. Orts, "Ethics, Risk, Environmental Management, and Corporate Responsibility". In Environmental Protection and the Social Responsibility of Firms: Perspectives from Law, Economics, and Business , edited by Robert Stavins, Bruce Hay, (2005), 184 - 196.
  • Eric W. Orts, "From Corporate Social Responsibility to Global Citizenship". In The INSEAD-Wharton Alliance on Globalizing, edited by Hubert Gatignon, John Kimberly, (2004), 331 - 352.
  • Eric W. Orts, "War and the Corporation". In Financial Times Handbook of Management, edited by Stuart Crainer, Des Dearlove, (2004), 667 - 678.  Related Materials
  • Eric W. Orts, "Autopoiesis and the Natural Environment". In Law’s New Boundaries, edited by Jiri Priban, David Nelken, (2001), 159 - 178.
  • Eric W. Orts, "Conflict of Interest on Corporate Boards". In Conflict of Interest and the Professions, edited by Michael Davis, Andrew Stark, (2001), 129 - 155.
  • Eric W. Orts, "An American Perspective on Belgian and British Environmental Law within Europe". In Environmental Law in Belgium and the United Kingdom, edited by Kurt Deketelaere, (1999), 321 - 328.
  • Eric W. Orts, "A North American Legal Perspective on Stakeholder Management Theory". In Perspectives on Company Law: 2 , edited by Fiona Macmillan Patfield, (1997), 165 - 179.
  • Eric W. Orts, "The Legitimacy of Multinational Corporations". In Progressive Corporate Law, edited by Lawrence Mitchell, (1995), 247 - 279.