Joel Bakan

Joel Bakan
Writer, Co-Creator, Associate Producer

Joel Bakan is an author, filmmaker and a professor of law at the University of British Columbia whose work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of law. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, with law degrees from the universities of Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard, Bakan has won numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching, worked on landmark legal cases and government policy, and served frequently as a media commentator.

His critically acclaimed international hit, The Corporation (Free Press, 2004) – the basis of THE CORPORATION film – electrified readers around the world (it was published in over 20 languages), and became a bestseller in several countries. His latest book, Childhood Under Siege, was released in August 2011 and was also widely translated (for sale on the Hello Cool World webstore in USA & Canada). Bakan’s highly regarded scholarly work also includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (University of Toronto Press, 1997), as well as textbooks, edited collections, and numerous articles in leading legal and social science journals.

Bakan is an accomplished public speaker who addresses business, government, academic, and activist audiences around the world. Also a professional jazz guitarist, he grew up in East Lansing, Michigan and now lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife, Rebecca Jenkins.


THE CORPORATION raises questions about the enduring viability and value of the corporation as the primary vehicle for organizing the production of wealth in market-based societies. It raises important concerns about the impact of the corporate structure on a range of public goods and should provoke thinking about whether or not there are better ways to more effectively organize production for the general welfare.

- Mark Amen, Director of the Globalization Research Center, University of Southern Florida