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Sarah-jane Nussbaum

Assistant Professor

Law, Faculty of


Sarah-jane Nussbaum joined UNB Law in 2021. She holds an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge, where she was a recipient of the Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship. She also holds 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. She is currently completing her PhD at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she was awarded a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.

Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Sarah-jane 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.

Sarah-jane’s research and teaching interests include criminal law and theory, sentencing, evidence, feminist theory, critical race theory, decolonial theory, and legal education. Her PhD dissertation draws 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.


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 249 [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.