John Williamson QC

Part-time Instructor

Law, Faculty of

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Research interests

  • development and reform of the law relating to enforcement of money judgments
  • the debtor-creditor relationship in the context of the family
  • commercial insolvency, with focus on the appointment and regulation of receiver-managers
  • priority of creditors’ claims outside of bankruptcy and the effects if any, of bankruptcy on that priority


Professor Williamson obtained his BBA (UNB) in 1971, LLB (UNB) in 1973, and LLM (Harvard) in 1974. He was called to the New Brunswick bar in 1973, appointed as Assistant Professor in 1974, promoted to Associate Professor in 1978, and to the rank of Professor in 1985. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 2016.

For half of his more than 40 years as a member of the UNB Faculty of Law, Professor Williamson has been involved in administration of the Faculty, including as Associate Dean, Acting Dean, Interim Dean, and most recently as Dean of Law.

Courses taught

  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy and Receivership
  • Debtor and Creditor Law
  • Economic Implications of Intimate Partnerships

Selected publications

Project for Department of Justice, Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Draft Judgment Enforcement Act. Completed September 1996 (Judgment Enforcement Act enacted December 1996; in force June 1997)

An Introduction to the Newfoundland Judgment Enforcement Act, (approximately 200 pages). Materials originally prepared for presentations to the Newfoundland and Labrador bar (April 1997) and currently used in the Bar Admissions Course

Project for the Office of the Attorney General, Province of New Brunswick, Draft Judgment Enforcement Act with Summary Report and Commentary. Published July 1994 (two volumes, approximately 300 pages)

Judgment Enforcement and the PPSA in Newfoundland and Labrador, (1999) 48 UNBLJ 351 (co-authored with Christopher P. Curran, Department of Justice, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador)

Creditors and Partition of the Marital Home, Solicitors' Journal, Part I (1998, Vol 15, Issue 1, 14-21), Part 2 (1998, Vol 15, Issue 2, 8-14)

Statutory Liens: The Trustees Kick at the Can (1986) 60 CBR 97-113