Errol Meidinger teaches in the areas of domestic and international environmental law, international trade and business transactions, property law, and socio-legal research. Much of his recent 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 served 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, for nearly a decade. He also served as the founding director of the UB Environment & Society Institute, and as the School of Law’s first Vice Dean for Faculty Research and Development.
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.