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Jane Thomson

Associate Professor

Law, Faculty of

Room 220

1 506 451 6818

Research interests

  • private law theory
  • social justice issues
  • wills and estates
  • family law


Jane Thomson is an associate professor at UNB’s Faculty of Law where she teaches in the areas of property, wills and estates, and private law theory. She received her LLB from Dalhousie University and her LLM from Harvard Law School. She is currently completing her PhD in law at Queen’s University; her research focuses on the use of private law theory by Canadian courts to effect social and economic legal reform.

Prior to joining UNB, Jane served as a law clerk at the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Jane also practiced family law in Toronto and Ottawa. During her time in private practice, she taught as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law in the area of wills and estates and trusts.

Courses taught

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

Selected publications

Nicholas Bala and Jane Thomson, “Motherisk and Charter Orders for Experts for Parents in Child Welfare Cases” (2016) 35 Canadian Family Law Quarterly 199.

Martha McCarthy and Jane Thomson “Joint Family (ad)Ventures: Navigating Property Division for Unmarried Couples post Kerr v. Baranow” in Melanie A. Yach ed., Key Developments in Estates and Trusts Law in Ontario (Toronto: Canada Law Book, 2011).

Detailed research publications