Sarah-jane Nussbaum

Assistant Professor


Law, Faculty of

Room 301D

1 506 452 6285

Sarah-jane Nussbaum is an Assistant Professor at UNB Law. Her research and teaching interests include criminal law and theory, sentencing, legal education, and legal ethics. She holds a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She also holds an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge, where she was a recipient of the Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship, a JD from the University of Saskatchewan, where she was awarded the Law Society of Saskatchewan Gold Medal, and a BA in linguistics from the University of Saskatchewan.

Sarah-jane previously served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Georgina Jackson, the Honourable Justice John Klebuc, and the Honourable Justice Ralph Ottenbreit of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan. She joined the Saskatchewan bar in 2015 and continues as an inactive (non-practising) member.

In her PhD dissertation, Sarah-jane drew on relational theory and critical criminology to examine connections between risk assessment and oppression in Canadian sentencing law. Her research on critique-inspired pedagogies in Canadian criminal law casebooks was recently published in the Dalhousie Law Journal. She has presented her research at the Melbourne-UNSW Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory, the Association of Transnational Law Schools PhD Agora Program at Queen Mary, University of London, and the annual meetings of the Canadian Law and Society Association and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers. She currently serves on the Board of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.


Sarah-jane Nussbaum, “Critique-Inspired Pedagogies in Canadian Criminal Law Casebooks: Challenging ‘Doctrine First, Critique Second’ Approaches to First-Year Law Teaching” 44:1 Dalhousie Law Journal 209 [peer-reviewed].

Sarah-jane Nussbaum, “Diminishing Protection of Subjective Fault? A Case Comment on R. v. A.D.H.” (2014) 77:2 Saskatchewan Law Review 279 [peer-reviewed].

Sarah-jane Nussbaum, Book Note on In Defence of Principles: NGOs and Human Rights in Canada by Andrew S. Thompson (2013) 76:1 Saskatchewan Law Review 187.