Stephen Turner


Stephen Turner is a Senior Lecturer at Essex University where he is a member of the Law School and the Human Rights Centre. His areas of expertise include human rights and the environment, global environmental governance, corporate responsibility, and climate change. A core aspect of Stephen’s research concerns the ways that laws relating to business and trade can affect outcomes for human rights and the environment. This has formed a significant part of the analysis included in his two monographs (A Substantive Environmental Right – Kluwer Law International, 2009 and A Global Environmental Right – Routledge, 2014). In particular he has conducted comparative research relating to directors’ duties in different jurisdictions, he has analysed WTO law and the law relating to multilateral development banks within the context of human rights and the environment, and he has also carried out empirical research relating to the approach that companies adopt in terms of ESG (environmental, social and governance) imperatives.


Stephen has prior working experience in business, law and industry including working as a company director. During the 1990s he ran small partnership that provided legal advice on behalf of firms of solicitors and prior to that he worked as a contracts executive at British Aerospace. He has spoken widely at universities and institutions internationally and has been consulted by a number of international organizations. He was awarded his PhD in international environmental law in 2007 by London University (Queen Mary) and has also held academic positions at Winchester, Kingston and Lincoln universities in the UK.