Stepan Wood

Wall Associate




Peter A. Allard School of Law





Professor Stepan Wood is the Director of the Centre for Law and the Environment and Canada Research Chair in Law, Society and Sustainability at the Allard School of Law. He researches and teaches environmental law, climate change, sustainability, globalization, corporate responsibility and transnational governance. He has published books on climate change law in developing countries, environmental law for sustainability, globalization of Canadian law, and transnational business governance. Current projects explore legal recognition for non-human relatives and the role of “warrior lawyers” fighting for “green rights.” Before joining UBC, he was a professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, where he co-founded the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic.

Primary Recipient Awards

Stepan Wood – Catalyst Collaboration Fund – 2022

Project/Event: Green Rights & Warrior Lawyers Virtual Academy and Inspirathon

Professor Wood, Canadian Research Chair in Law, Society & Sustainability, is bringing together a multitude of international collaborators for the First Annual Green Rights & Warrior Lawyers Virtual Academy and Inspirathon on Oct 18 and Nov 9 & 10, 2022.  This innovative event will inform and inspire people around the world about the role of law in securing environmental rights and justice, using the power of stories to bring this topic to life and inspire action.

“The climate and nature emergency demands new paradigms for law and society that support sustainable relationships amongst all beings. This project helps catalyze these paradigm shifts by exploring which legal and political strategies are commensurate to the emergency”