Jane Thomson

Associate Professor

Law, Faculty of

Room 220


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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

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 (forthcoming).

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

Jane Thomson, “Discrimination and the Private Law in Canada: Reflections on Spence v. BMO Trust Co.” Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol 36 (2019) P. 137.

Jane Thomson, “Easements, Errors, and Energy projects: Shelf Holdings Revisited” University of New Brunswick Law Journal, Vol 70 (2019) p 282.

Detailed research publications