Jane Thomson

Assistant Professor

Law, Faculty of

Ludlow Hall 220


1 506 451 6818

Research interests

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


After completing her LLB at Dalhousie University, Jane served as law clerk to the Honourable Justices MacPherson, Cronk, Juriansz and MacFarland at the Ontario Court of Appeal, and then to the Honourable Justice Cromwell at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Jane received her LLM from Harvard Law School in 2013. She is currently a PhD candidate 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. She is a 2016 Vanier Scholar and an O’Brien Fellow.

Before joining UNB Law, Jane practised 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.

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