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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 (2011), Climate Contracts, Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 29, 197 - 236.  
  • Eric W. Orts, Alan Strudler (2009), Putting a Stake in Stakeholder Theory, Business Ethics Quarterly, 88, 605 - 615.
  • Eric W. Orts, Cary Coglianese (2007), Collaborative Environmental Law: Pro and Con, University of Pennsylvania Law Review - PENNumbra, 156.  Related Materials
  • Eric W. Orts (2003), Environmental Law with Chinese Characteristics, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 11 (2).  
  • Eric W. Orts, Alan Strudler (2002), The Ethical and Environmental Limits of Stakeholder Theory, Business Ethics Quarterly, 12, 215 - 233.
  • Eric W. Orts (2002), War and the Business Corporation, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 35, 549 - 584.
  • Eric W. Orts (2002), War and the Corporation, business + strategy, 13, 44 - 51.
  • Eric W. Orts (2001), The Rule of Law in China, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 34, 44 - 115.
  • Eric W. Orts, Alan Strudler (1999), Moral Principle in the Law of Insider Trading, Texas Law Review, 78 (2).  
  • Eric W. Orts, Paul Kleindorfer (1998), Informational Regulation of Environmental Risks, Risk Analysis, 18, 155 - 170.
  • Eric W. Orts (1998), Shirking and Sharking: A Legal Theory of the Firm, Yale Law and Policy Review, 16, 265 - 329 .  
  • Eric W. Orts (1998), The Future of Enterprise Organization, Michigan Law Review, 96, 1947 - 1974.  
  • Eric W. Orts (1997), Book Review: Bowman's 'The Modern Corporation and American Political Thought', American Journal of Sociology, 102, 1447 - 1448.
  • Eric W. Orts (1997), Environmental Disclosure and Evidentiary Privilege, University of Illinois Law Review, 1997, 1 - 69.
  • Eric W. Orts (1997), Quality Circles in Law Teaching, Journal of Legal Education, 47, 425 - 431.
  • Eric W. Orts (1995), Reflexive Environmental Law, Northwestern Law Review, 89, 1227 - 1340 .  
  • Eric W. Orts (1995), A Model of Reflexive Environmental Regulation, Business Ethics Quarterly, 5, 779 - 794.
  • Eric W. Orts (1995), Simple Rules and the Perils of Reductionist Legal Thought, Boston University Law Review, 75, 1441 - 1479.
  • Eric W. Orts (1993), The Complexity and Legitimacy of Corporate Law, Washington and Lee Law Review, 50, 1565 - 1623 .  
  • Eric W. Orts (1993), Positive Law and Systemic Legitimacy, Ratio Juris
  • Eric W. Orts (1993), Towards an Ethics of Social Systems (book review), The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, 4, 60 - 64.
  • Eric W. Orts (1992), Beyond Shareholders, George Washington Law Review, 61, 14 - 135.