Jane Thomson

Associate Professor

Law, Faculty of

Room 220


1 506 451 6818

Research interests

  • Family Law
  • Private Law and Social Justice
  • Property
  • Wills and Estates


Jane Thomson is an associate professor at UNB’s Faculty of Law where she teaches in the areas of property, wills and estates, and family law. Her research explores the limits of policing discrimination within the private law and focuses in the areas of property, wills and estates, trusts and family law. Her research has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and she is a regular presenter of judicial education seminars for the National Judicial Institute of Canada in the areas of family and estate law.

Professor Thomson received her LLB from Dalhousie University and her LLM from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining UNB, she served as a law clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Thomson is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and has practiced family law in Toronto and Ottawa.

Courses taught

  • Family Law
  • Private Law and Social Justice
  • Property
  • Wills and Estates

Selected publications

Eran Kaplinsky, Malcolm Lavoie & Jane Thomson, Ziff’s Principles of Property Law, 8th ed Carswell, 2023

Jane Thomson, “Welcome the Newest Unworthy Donor"? Alberta Law Review (Forthcoming)

Jane Thomson and Ashleigh Keall, "Silent all these years: Public policy, expressive harm and the legacy of Christie v York Corporation". (2022) UNBLJ.

Jane Thomson, “Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Lawen Estate: A Case Comment” (2021), 41 E.T.P.J. 21.

Jane Thomson, “Disinheritance, Discrimination and the Case for Including Adult Independent Children in Dependants’ Relief Schemes: Lawen Estate v Nova Scotia” (2021) 44:2 Dal LJ.

Jane Thomson, “Custody and Access Practice and Procedure in New Brunswick” In Ann Wilton, Gary S. Joseph and Tara Train, Parenting Law and Practice (Toronto, ON: Thomson Reuters, 2020) (loose-leaf revision 2020), ch 2 at 2(2). Online: Westlaw Canada.

Detailed research publications