Professor Cynthia A. Williams is the Osler Chair in Business Law and Co-Director, Hennick Center for Business and Law, at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. She is also a visiting lecturer at Amsterdam University. She was previously on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Law for 16 years, and before that practiced law atvCravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, where she primarily handled cases involving securities, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust issues.
Professor Williams writes in the areas of securities law and corporate law, with a particular emphasis on institutional investors and corporate responsibility. Her Harvard Law Review article, “The Securities and Exchange Commission and Corporate Social Transparency,” was the lead article reprinted in the Securities Law Review 2000, and was recognised by the Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the ten best corporate or securities articles published in 1999 (based on a survey of American corporate and securities professors). Her 2007 Academy of Management Review article, Putting the S Back in Corporate Social Responsibility, co-authored with Profs. Ruth Aguilera (business) and Deborah Rupp (organisational psychology) was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Second Annual International Conference on Corporate Governance, University of Birmingham.
Prof. Williams is a casebook author with Prof. Gordon Smith, publishing a casebook entitled Business Organizations: Cases, Problems, and Case Studies with Aspen Press in 2004. A third edition was published in 2012.