Linda Neilson

Professor Emerita in Sociology

Dr. Linda Neilson is an award winning internationally recognized scholar in the socio-legal field.

Over the last 20 years of her stellar research career at UNB, Dr. Neilson has conducted comprehensive analysis on the operation of legal systems in domestic violence cases nationally and internationally. In 2009, she published Domestic Violence and Family Law in Canada: A Handbook for Judges, with introductory comments by Justice John McGarry. This peer-reviewed bench book, now in its third edition, has been acclaimed as an exemplary model, one that other national jurisdictions have followed.

Her work on domestic violence in multiple legal systems—focused on enhancing safety—was published by the Department of Justice in Canada and republished for judges in California. Currently, Dr. Neilson is finalizing a manual for the Canadian Legal Information Institute tentatively titled, Responding to Domestic Violence in Family Law, Civil Protection & Child Protection Cases.

Popular amongst students in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Dr. Neilson was recognized for her socio-legal expertise and her ongoing commitment to students. She was an excellent undergraduate teacher and a sought-after mentor for graduate students.

Early in her career, Dr. Neilson founded the multi-disciplinary legal studies program, Law in Society, housed within the Faculty of Arts. Beyond the academy, Dr. Neilson’s work has influenced the development of domestic violence policies and practices for front line professionals, judges, and government policy experts.

It is with much enthusiasm that we, the members of the Department of Sociology, put forward the nomination of Dr. Neilson for Professor Emerita. She is most deserving of this honour.