Philip H. Knight Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program
Mary Christina Wood is Philip H. Knight Professor of Law, Faculty Director for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, and a 2007-08 Luvaas Faculty Fellow at the University of Oregon School of Law. She teaches property law, natural resources law, public trust law, federal Indian law, public lands law, wildlife law, and hazardous waste law. She is the Founding Director of the school's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and is Faculty Leader of the Program's Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project and Native Environmental Sovereignty Project. After graduating from Stanford Law School in 1987, she served as a judicial clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She then practiced in the environmental/natural resources department of Perkins Coie, a Pacific Northwest law firm. In 1994 she received the University's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and in 2002 she received the Orlando Hollis Faculty Teaching Award. Professor Wood is a co-author of a leading textbook on natural resources law (West, 2006) and has published extensively on climate crisis, natural resources, and native law issues. She is a frequent speaker on global warming issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy. Professor Wood is currently working on a book entitled, Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age.
For a full list of publications, please click here.
The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resources Law (with Michael C. Blumm) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming Fall, 2013).
Natural Resources Law 2nd Edition (with Jan Laitos, Sandi Zellmer and Dan Cole) (West Publishing, Fall 2012).
Nature's Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2013). To read an abstract of this forthcoming book, click here.
"Atmospheric Trust Litigation Around the World," chapter in Fiduciary Duty and the Atmospheric Trust (Ken Coghill, Charles Sampford, Tim Smith, eds) Ashgate Publishing (Australia) (January 2012). (LINK to American draft version)
Mary Christina Wood, Stephen Leonard, Daniel Bartz, & Nicola Peart, Securing Planetary Life Sources for Future Generations: Legal Actions Deriving from the Ancient Sovereign Trust Obligation, Chapter 16, Threatened Island Nations (eds Michael Gerrard & Greg Wannier, Cambridge University Press 2012).
"'You Can't Negotiate With a Beetle': Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age," Natural Resources Law Journal, Vol. 50, No. 1 (Spring 2010).
"Promoting the Urban Homestead: Reform of Local Land Use Laws To Allow Microlivestock on Residential Lots," (with Katy Polluconi, Jeremy Pyle and Naomi Rowden) Ecology Law Currents, Volume 37, http://elq.typepad.com/currents/volume-37-2010/ (2010).