In The Media
About Joel Bakan
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.
Joel Bakan is professor of law at the University of British Columbia, and an internationally renowned legal scholar and commentator. A former Rhodes Scholar and law clerk to Chief Justice Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, Bakan has law degrees from Oxford, Dalhousie, and Harvard.
His critically acclaimed book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power (2004), electrified readers around the world (it was published in over 20 languages), and became a bestseller in several countries. Bakan wrote and co-created (with Mark Achbar) a feature documentary film, The Corporation, based on the book’s ideas and directed by Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The film won numerous awards, including best foreign documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and was a critical and box office success.
The New Corporation, a sequel to that film, is based on Bakan’s book of the same name and directed by Bakan and Jennifer Abbott. Bakan’s scholarly work includes Just Words: Constitutional Rights and Social Wrongs (1997), as well as textbooks, edited collections, and numerous articles in leading legal and social science journals. His award-winning book, Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (2012), has been translated into several languages. A recipient of awards for both writing and teaching, Bakan has worked on landmark legal cases and government policy, and serves regularly as a public speaker and media commentator. Also a professional jazz guitarist, Bakan lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife Rebecca Jenkins.
The New Corporation
Joel’s first film, The Corporation (2003) examined an institution within society and diagnosed it as psychopath. With The New Corporation co-directors Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott are back with their lightning-rod of a sequel that reveals a world now fully remade in the corporation’s image, perilously close to losing democracy. They trace the devastating consequences, connect the dots, and are now hitting the streets to join in the resistance and change movements from around the world.
"The Must-See Documentary Of The Year"
The Globe and Mail
"searing interviews with cleverly edited imagery"
"clear-eyed view of how the game is rigged"
"thoughtful and pointed" NNNN
Yahoo News Canada
"a particularly impressive act of filmmaking"
"well-reasoned and undeniably urgent"
"sure to provoke righteous outrage"
The Daily Beast
"couldn’t be more pertinent to the current moment"
The Canadian Press
"The film touches on everything from social services to climate change and inequality"
The Hollywood Reporter
"Manages to see hope for democracy in the years to come"
Buy The Book
"A very important book, an arresting study directed to a central issue of the times." — Noam Chomsky
"Excellent" — Naomi Klein
"Vital" — Vandana Shiva
"Impeccably researched and beautifully written" — Wendy Brown
"Rigorously argued" — Kirkus Reviews