Roderick J Wood, LLB (Sask), LLM (Toronto)

Professor, Faculty of Law


Professor, Faculty of Law
(780) 492-0275
419 Law Centre
8820 - 111 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Roderick J Wood is the F.R. (Dick) Matthews Q.C. Professor of Business Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He is the author of a treatise on Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency law, has co-authored books on secured transactions law in Canada and New Zealand. Professor Wood serves as a Board Member of the Alberta Law Reform Institute and is currently a co-editor of the Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He is the 2004 and 2017 recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award for the Faculty of Law, a 2005 recipient of the AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Alberta, and a 2006 recipient of a McCalla Professorship for his contribution to research in law at the University of Alberta. Professor Wood was a member of the Canadian delegation at Diplomatic Conferences in Luxembourg in 2007, Berlin in 2012, and Pretoria in 2019 that produced international instruments governing the secured financing of high value mobile assets. Professor Wood was voted in as a member of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law in 2016.

  • Personal Property Security Law
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Debtor-creditor Law



  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2015)
  • Personal Property Security Law, 2nd ed (Irwin Law 2012) co-authored with RCC Cuming and C Walsh
  • Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law -- Cases Texts and Materials, 3rd edition (Emond Montgomery 2014) co-authored with A Duggan, S Ben-Ishai, T Telfer, and J Ziegel
  • Personal Property Securities in New Zealand (Brookers 2002) co-authored with M Gedye and RCC Cuming
  • Alberta Personal Property Security Act Handbook 4th ed (Carswell 1998) co-authored with RCC Cuming
  • British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Handbook 4th ed (Carswell 1998) co-authored with RCC Cuming
  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba Personal Property Security Acts Handbook, (Carswell 1994) co-authored with RCC Cuming
  • A Handbook on the Saskatchewan Personal Property Security Act (Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan 1987) co-authored with RCC Cuming

Book Chapters

  • “Transfers at Undervalue: New Wine in Old Wineskins?” in Annual Review of Insolvency Law 2017, J. Sarra and B. Romaine eds. (Carswell, 2018) 1
  • “The Regulation of Receiverships” in Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2009, J Sarra ed (Carswell 2010) 243
  • “Priorities” in Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: Bill C-55, Statute c.47 and Beyond, in S Ben-Ishai and A Duggan eds (Lexis Nexis Canada 2007) 101
  • "Security Interests in Intellectual Property: Rationalizing the Registries" in Security Interests in Intellectual Property, H Knopf ed (Carswell 2002) 669
  • "Wage Recovery" in G. England R. Wood and I. Christie Employment Law in Canada (4th ed) vol 2 (Butterworths 1998) chapter 19


  • “Identifying Borrowed Sources in Secured Transactions Law Reform” (2019) 24 Uniform Law Review 545
  • “Transplanted Legal Controversies: Buyer Status Under Secured Transactions Law” (2019), 54 Texas International Law Journal 305
  • “The Interface between Sales Law and Secured Transactions Law” (2018) 61 Canadian Business Law Journal 27
  • “Receiverships in Canada: Myth and Reality” (2017) 80 Saskatchewan Law Review 231
  • “All Obligations Clauses and All Asset Clauses: Something Less than Everything” (2016) 32 Banking & Finance Law Review 151
  • “The Codification of Commercial Law” (2016) 79 Saskatchewan Law Review 179
  • "The Paramountcy Principle in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law: The Latest Word” (2016) 58 Canadian Business Law Journal 27
  • “Experiential Learning in Restructuring Law” (2015) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 325 (with R Reeson)
  • “The Irrelevance of the Fixed Charge – Floating Charge Distinction in Canadian Insolvency Law” (2015) 30 Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law 205 (with A Duggan)
  • “Supplementing PPSA Priorities: The Use and Abuse of Common Law and Equitable Principles” (2014) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 31
  • “Acquisition Financing of Inventory: Explaining the Diversity” (2013) 13 Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 49
  • “Rescue and Liquidation in Restructuring Law” (2013) 53 Canadian Business Law Journal 452
  • “Bank Act – PPSA Interaction: Still Waiting for Solutions” (2012) 52 Canadian Business Law Journal 248
  • “Secured Transactions Law in Canada – Significant Achievements, Unfinished Business and Ongoing Challenges” (2011) 50 Canadian Business Law Journal 156 (with RCC Cuming and C Walsh)
  • “The Structure of Secured Priorities in Insolvency Law” (2011) 27 Banking & Finance Law Review 25
  • “The Definition of Secured Creditor in Insolvency Law” (2010) 25 Banking & Finance Law Review 341
  • “Circular Priorities in Secured Transactions Law” (2010) 47 Alberta Law Review 823
  • “Subordination Agreements, Bankruptcy and the PPSA” (2010) 49 Canadian Business Law Journal 65
  • "Turning Lead into Gold: The Uncertain Alchemy of 'All Obligations' Clauses'" (2004) 41 Alberta Law Review 801
  • "The Nature and Definition of Federal Security Interests” (2000) 34 Canadian Business Law Journal 65
  • “The Evolution of the Personal Property Registry: Centralization, Computerization, Privatization and Beyond” (1996) 35 Alberta Law Review 45
  • “The History of the Law Faculty” (1996) 35 Alberta Law Review 1 (with J M Law)
  • “Enforcement Remedies of Creditors” (1996) 34 Alberta Law Review 783
  • “The Reform of Judgment Enforcement Law in Alberta” (1995) 25 Canadian Business Law Journal 110


LAW 584 - Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Participants will acquire an understanding of the rules, principles and policies underlying modern bankruptcy and insolvency law. The principal focus of the course is on the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Topics include the invocation of bankruptcy, the vesting of property in the trustee in bankruptcy, the effect of bankruptcy on third parties, impugning pre-bankruptcy transactions, the scheme of distribution, and bankruptcy discharge. The course will also examine reorganizations under the federal Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, and review the foundational features of receivership law.

Fall Term 2020
LAW 585 - Commercial Transactions

Commercial law is the body of law that governs commercial dealings between business entities. This course explores the legal rules and principles that govern four highly significant types of commercial transactions. Sales law deals with the implied terms, passage of property and other related issues under a contract for the sale of goods. Negotiable instruments law covers cheques, bills of exchange and promissory notes. Securities transfer law deals with both direct and indirect holding systems for the holding and transferring of shares bonds and other forms of investment property. The law of guarantees deals with contractual undertakings to answer to another person's default.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
LAW 587 - Personal Property Security Law

The course will provide an in-depth analysis of the law of secured transactions in personal property. The salient features of the Alberta Personal Property Security Act will be examined, including topics on the scope of the Act, security agreements, the concepts of attachment and perfection, the priority of security interests in relation to other interests, proceeds and enforcement of security interests.

Winter Term 2021

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