Errol Meidinger teaches in the areas of international environmental law, international business law, administrative law, and socio-legal research. 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 businesses. He is also writing on the subjects of climate change, legal harvest requirements in forest and fisheries trade, government/non-government interactions in emerging global governance institutions, and the changing role of business in human rights protection.
Meidinger serves as director of the Baldy Center for Law & 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 250 researchers in the University and surrounding region. He previously served as the founding director of the UB Environment & Society Institute.
Meidinger is an honorary professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where he served as a Fulbright Professor in 1999-2000. During 2006-07 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. Meidinger received his J.D. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.