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Kernaghan Webb, Associate Professor

Kernaghan Webb

Associate Professor
DepartmentFaculty of Law, Law and Business program at the Ted Rogers School of Management
Areas of ExpertiseLaw, regulation; compliance; innovation; corporate social responsibility; sustainability

Kernaghan Webb is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law and the Law and Business program at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). He teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels on law and business issues, including law of the marketplace and legal aspects of corporate social responsibility. He is also the director of the Ryerson University Institute for the Study of Corporate Social Responsibility. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in law. Webb’s teaching, research, and action has focused on innovative approaches to regulation, including understanding the legal dimensions associated with “non-state” regulatory approaches (at the national and international level). Of particular interest, both in his research and teaching, is the intersection of law and the marketplace as different means of regulation.

Webb has published extensively on regulatory innovation issues, and his work on regulatory offences has been cited and followed by the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to joining Ryerson University, Webb was a senior legal policy advisor and chief of research for the Office of Consumer Affairs at the federal Department of Industry. Before that, he was a consultant acting on behalf of the Law Reform Commission of Canada. Webb has an extensive background and experience in public policy, law, and regulation.

“ISO 26000 social responsibility standard as ‘proto law’ and a new form of global custom: Positioning ISO 26000 in the emerging transnational regulatory governance rule instrument architecture” (2015) 6:2 Journal of Transnational Legal Theory 466-500.

“ISO 26000: Bridging the Public/Private Divide in Transnational Business Governance Interactions” (2012) Osgoode Hall Law School, Comparative Research in Law and Political Economy (CLPE) Research Paper Series, Research Paper #21 (J. W. Cioffi and P. Zumbansen, eds.),.

“Multi-level Corporate Responsibility and the Mining Sector: the Canadian Experience in Latin America” (2012) 14:3 Business and Politics 1-42.

”Political risk insurance, CSR and the mining sector: An illustration of the regulatory effects of contracts” (2012) 54:5 International Journal of Law and Management, 394-415.

“Antecedents of Settlement on a New Institutional Practice: Negotiation of the ISO 26000 Standard on Social Responsibility” (2012) 55:5 The Academy of Management Journal, 1120-1145 (with W. Helms and C. Oliver).

“Addressing Misleading Advertising in the Canadian Telecommunication Industry: An Evolving Story” (2013) 26:1 Canadian Competition Law Review, 78 – 114.

“Corporate Social Responsibility: The Canadian Experience,” in P. Kissick, ed., Business Ethics: Concepts, Cases and Canadian Perspectives (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2012), 75-89.

“Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law: Learning from the Experience of Canadian mining companies in Latin America,” in J. Sagebien and N. Lindsay, eds., Governance Ecosystems: CSR in the Latin American Mining Sector, (New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011), 47-63.

“Corporate Citizenship and Private Regulatory Regimes: Understanding New Governance Roles and Functions,” in I. Pies and P. Koslowski, eds., Corporate Citizenship and New Governance: the Political Role of Corporations, (New York: Springer, 2011), 39-58.

Professional Contributions (Selected)

From 2007 – 2016, Webb was the special advisor to the UN Global Compact regarding the ISO 26000 social responsibility standard. He is the co-chair of the federally created Centre for Excellence in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).. He has served on the Board of Directors of several different organizations. Webb regularly provides advice and/or acts as a consultant to governments and inter-governmental bodies, the private sector and civil society on regulatory issues.

Webb played a pivotal role in the development of ISO 26000, ISO’s standard on social responsibility. In 2012, he was awarded the National Award of Excellence by the Standards Council of Canada, external link.

National Award of Excellence, Standards Council of Canada, (2012).

Degree Institution Year
LLD (Doctor of Laws) University of Ottawa 1999
LLM (Master of Laws) University of Ottawa 1989
LLB (Bachelor of Laws) University of Calgary 1981