Cynthia A. Williams

York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

Osler Chair in Business Law

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3

Canada

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Scholarly Papers (25)

1.

Putting the S Back in Corporate Social Responsibility: a Multi-Level Theory of Social Change in Organizations

University of Illinois College of Business Working Paper No. 04-0107, Academy of Management Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 68 Posted: 20 Sep 2004
Ruth V. Aguilera, Deborah Rupp, Cynthia A. Williams and Jyoti Ganapathi
Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Psychology
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Corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, comparative, social change, social justice

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The Modern Corporation Statement on Company Law

Number of pages: 4 Posted: 29 Oct 2016
Cornell Law School - Jack G. Clarke Business Law Institute (deceased), SciencesPo, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research (CBR), Boston College Law School, University of Sheffield - Law School, University of Kent - Kent Law School, Vanderbilt University - Law School, University of York - York Law School, Queen Mary University of London - School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, (CCLS), Washington and Lee University - School of Law, University of Oslo - Faculty of Law, University of Bristol, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School, University of Essex - School of Law, University of York (UK), University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Manchester, The Business School, University of Colorado Denver, University of Leeds - School of Law, University College London, Faculty of Laws, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School, University of Waikato - Management School, The University of Hong Kong - School of Business, University of Leeds, University of Georgia School of Law, University of California, Davis - School of Law, Hofstra University College of Law, University of Technology, Sydney, Washington and Lee University - School of Law, University of Brescia, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of Victoria - Faculty of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Audencia School of Management, University of California, Berkeley - School of Law, INSEAD, Alvares Penteado School of Business (Fecap), Independent, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros (CUNEF), Université Grenoble Alpes, São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas FGV DIREITO SP, University of Glasgow, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia - Deakin Law School, Monash University, University of South Australia - School of Law, Independent, Queen's University Belfast - School of Law, Independent, City University London - Sir John Cass Business School, Nyenrode Business university and ARTICLE 19
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Company, Law, Corporate, Governance

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Engage, Embed, and Embellish: Theory Versus Practice in the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-16
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 25 Mar 2005
John M. Conley and Cynthia A. Williams
University of North Carolina School of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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anthropology, linguistics, corporate social responsibility, new governance, NGOs, corporations

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance

Chapter for Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance (Jeffrey N. Gordon and Wolf-Georg Ringe, Eds.)(Forthcoming), Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 32/2015
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 29 Jul 2015 Last Revised: 12 Aug 2015
Cynthia A. Williams
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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corporate social responsibility, environmental, social and governance disclosure, empirical data on corporate responsibility, shareholder primacy, stakeholder governance, corporate objective function, shareholder/stakeholder debate, codes of conduct, OECD Principles, Ruggie Principles, ISO 26,000

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An Emerging Third Way?: The Erosion of the Anglo-American Shareholder Value Construct

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 04-09
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 23 Dec 2004
Cynthia A. Williams and John M. Conley
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
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Corporate law, corporate governance, comparative law, United Kingdom, convergence, stakeholders

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The Corporate Social Responsibility Movement as an Ethnographic Problem

UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1285631
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Oct 2008 Last Revised: 01 Dec 2014
John M. Conley and Cynthia A. Williams
University of North Carolina School of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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The Roles of Standardization, Certification, and Assurance Services in Global Commerce

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 16 Apr 2008
Margaret M. Blair, Cynthia A. Williams and Li-Wen Lin
Vanderbilt University - Law School, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law
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Assurance services, certification, corporate governance, International Organization for Standardization, ISO, make-or-buy decision, standardization, supply chain management, theory of the firm, transnational supply chains, types of supplier relationships

The Roles of Standardization, Certification and Assurance Services in Global Commerce

CLPE Research Paper No. 12/2008, Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 08-16
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 04 May 2008
Margaret M. Blair, Cynthia A. Williams and Li-Wen Lin
Vanderbilt University - Law School, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law
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standardization, compliance, enforcement infrastructure, assurance, quasi-regulatory standards, global commerce, third-party inspectors

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Corporate Governance for Sustainability

Number of pages: 6 Posted: 07 Jan 2020
University of Sheffield - Law School, Nyenrode Business university, University of Oxford - Said Business School, University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research (CBR), University of Michigan, Sciences Po, Columbia University School of Law, École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris - Centre de Gestion Scientifique (CGS), York University - Osgoode Hall Law School, Washington and Lee University - School of Law, University of Bristol, University of Oslo - Faculty of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, University of York - York Law School, City University London - Sir John Cass Business School, University of Bristol, Peter A. Allard School of Law, Ecole Universitaire de Management Clermont-Ferrand, University of Essex, University of San Francisco - School of Business and Management, University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law, Drucker Institute, Essex Business School, Frank Bold, Morgan State University, Durham Business School, Liverpool Hope University, University of Manchester - School of Law, De Montfort University - Faculty of Business and Law, Wellesley College - Department of Economics, University of Birmingham, Linnaeus University, University of York, Queen Mary University of London - School of Law, University of California, Davis - School of Law, Queen's University Belfast - School of Law, affiliation not provided to SSRN, University of South Australia - School of Law, University of Leicester - Management Centre, University of York, HEC Paris, University of Glasgow, University College London - Faculty of Laws, School of Law, King's College, London; Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Bristol - School of Law, University of Sheffield, University College London, Faculty of Laws, Nyenrode Business University, University of Oregon - Department of Management, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, University of Westminster, Universidad Andres Bello, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Alberta - Department of Accounting, Operations & Information Systems, Queen’s University, School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, University of Auckland Faculty of Law, Zefat Academic College, University of Leeds, University of Dundee - Department of Accountancy & Business Finance, affiliation not provided to SSRN, Oxford Brookes Business School, School of Law, University of Sheffield, Hofstra University College of Law, The Open University - Department of Political Economics, University of Leeds - School of Law, University of Massachusetts, University of Sheffield, School of Law, ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London, University of Glasgow and College of Business, United Arab Emirates University
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corporate governance, company law, director duties, board obligations, sustainable finance action plan, sustainability strategy, ESG, shareholder primacy, sustainable development, climate change

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Is there an Emerging Fiduciary Duty to Consider Human Rights?

University of Cincinnati Law Review, Vol. 74, No. 1, 2005
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 16 Apr 2008
Cynthia A. Williams and John M. Conley
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
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Board of Directors, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, fiduciary duties, institutional investors, international human rights, new governance

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The Intellectual Foundations of the Global Financial Crisis: Analysis and Proposals for Reform

Univ. New South Wales Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, p. 390, 2009, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE10-003, Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 09-19
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 18 Dec 2009
Frank Jan de Graaf and Cynthia A. Williams
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Corporate governance, capital market regulation, financial crisis, stakeholder governance, market fundamentalism

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Assurance Services as a Substitute for Law in Global Commerce

Vanderbilt Law and Economics Research Paper No. 07-06
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 03 Apr 2007
Margaret M. Blair, Cynthia A. Williams and Li-Wen Lin
Vanderbilt University - Law School, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law
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Business norms, certification, contracts, contract enforcement, corporate social responsibility, global governance, globalization, incomplete contracts, ISO, ISO 9000, law and development, norms transmission, outsourcing, rule of law, supply chains, theory of the firm, third-party assurance

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‘Law and Finance’: Inaccurate, Incomplete, and Important

Brigham Young University Law Review, Forthcoming, U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. LE10-002, Illinois Public Law Research Paper No. 09-20
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 18 Dec 2009
Ruth V. Aguilera and Cynthia A. Williams
Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Law and finance, corporate governance, economic sociology, law and development, firm ownership structure

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The Embedded Firm: Corporate Governance, Labor, and Finance Capitalism

Osgoode CLPE Research Paper No. 18/2011
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 29 Sep 2011 Last Revised: 21 Oct 2014
Peer C. Zumbansen and Cynthia A. Williams
King’s College London, Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Corporate governance, financial crisis, labour law, financialization, regulatory reform

Trends in the Social [Ir]Responsibility of American Multinational Corporations: Increased Power, Diminished Accountability?

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 09 Jun 2013
Cynthia A. Williams and John M. Conley
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
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corporate accountability, corporate consitutional rights, international human rights, Alien Tort Statute, Alien Torts Claims Act, Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Shell, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Trends in the Social [Ir]Responsibility of American Multinational Corporations: Increased Power, Diminished Accountability?

Conley, J. & Williams, C. (2013). Trends in the Social [Ir]Responsibility of American Multinational Corporations: Increased Power, Diminished Accountability? Fordham Environmental Law Review, 25(1), 46-83, UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2483176, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 55/2014
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 21 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 12 Nov 2014
Cynthia A. Williams and John M. Conley
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
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corporate governance, corporate accountability, corporate constitutional rights, international human rights, Citizens United, Kiobel, Alien Tort Statute, Alien Torts Claims Act

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Global Banks as Global Sustainability Regulators?: The Equator Principles

Law and Policy 33:4, 542-575 (2011)
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 09 Jun 2013
John M. Conley and Cynthia A. Williams
University of North Carolina School of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Equator Principles, banking, self-regulation, regulatory theory, corporate responsibility, corporate governance, sustainability, new governance

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The Social Reform of Banking

Conley, J. & Williams, C. (2014). The Social Reform of Banking; Journal of Corporation Law, 39(3), 101-134, UNC Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2483284, Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper No. 60/2014
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 21 Aug 2014 Last Revised: 17 Nov 2014
Cynthia A. Williams and John M. Conley
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of North Carolina School of Law
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financial regulation, regulatory theory, self-regulation, co-regulation, corporate culture, banking culture, new governance, Equator Principles, organizational psychology, corporate compliance, accounting reform, social accounting, social disclosure

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The Efficacy of Regulation as a Function of Psychological Fit: Reexamining the Hard Law/Soft Law Continuum

12 Theoretical Inquiries In Law 581 (2011)
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 09 Jun 2013
Deborah Rupp and Cynthia A. Williams
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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Regulation, regulatory theory, social psychology, enforcement, compliance, motivation, soft law, hard law, Equator Principles, banking regulation

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Time to Act: Response to Questions Posed by the Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance on Fiduciary Obligation and Effective Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Number of pages: 127 Posted: 06 Mar 2019
Janis P. Sarra and Cynthia A. Williams
University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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climate-change, governance, ESG, fiduciary, disclosure, sustainable finance

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Climate Change and Directors' Duties: Closing the Gap Between Legal Obligation and Enforcement Practice

Richard LeBlanc (ed), The Handbook of Board Governance (2nd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey, Forthcoming)
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 21 Jun 2019
Ellie Mulholland, Sarah Barker, Cynthia A. Williams and Robert G. Eccles
Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative, affiliation not provided to SSRN, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of Oxford - Said Business School
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climate change, directors' duties, corporate governance, board governance, securities law, company law, corporations, climate risk, law

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The Economic Role of Finance: A Contribution to the the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision Making

Number of pages: 18 Posted: 16 Jun 2012
Cynthia A. Williams, Frank Jan de Graaf and Keith L. Johnson
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and affiliation not provided to SSRN
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Corporate Governance, Kay review, NSFM, Long term investing, equity markets

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Can Soft Regulation Prevent Financial Crises?: The Dutch Central Bank's Supervision of Behavior and Culture

Number of pages: 57 Posted: 14 Nov 2018
University of North Carolina School of Law, VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations
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financial crisis, regulation, central banks, business culture, banking reform

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Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility: A Comparative Analysis of the UK and the Us

Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, pp. 147-158, May 2006
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 08 May 2006
Ruth V. Aguilera, Cynthia A. Williams, John M. Conley and Deborah Rupp
Northeastern University - Department of International Business and Strategy, York University - Osgoode Hall Law School, University of North Carolina School of Law and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - School of Labor & Employment Relations
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Global Banks as Global Sustainability Regulators?: The Equator Principles

Law & Policy, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 542-575, 2011
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 21 Sep 2011
John M. Conley and Cynthia A. Williams
University of North Carolina School of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School
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The Securities and Exchange Commission and Corporate Social Transparency

Harvard Law Review, Vol. 112, P. 1197, 1999
Posted: 26 Nov 1999
Cynthia A. Williams
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

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Don't Ask, Just Tell: Insider Trading after United States V. O'Hagan

Virginia Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 1, 1998
Posted: 05 Oct 1998
Richard W. Painter, Kimberly D. Krawiec and Cynthia A. Williams
University of Minnesota Law School, Duke University School of Law and York University - Osgoode Hall Law School

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