Jodi Lazare

Associate Professor of Law


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Phone: 902-494-1034
Fax: 902-494-1316
Mailing Address: 
Room 426, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Family law
  • Gender and economic consequences of family breakdown
  • Retroactive Child Support
  • Nonhuman animals and the law
  • Animal Rights Activism and the Constitution
  • Ag-Gag Legislation and Freedom of Expression


  • Ba. (McGill)
  • Grad. Dipl. Journalism (Concordia)
  • LL.L. (Ottawa)
  • JD (Ottawa)
  • LLM (McGill)
  • DCL (McGill)


Jodi came to the Schulich School of Law as the 2014-2015 Schulich Fellow and then as a part-time faculty member before being appointed an assistant professor in 2017. She holds a Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University. As a law student, Jodi worked in both small and large private practice. Jodi completed her articles as a law clerk to the Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Moldaver at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.

Description of Research

Professor Lazare's family law research examines the economic and non-economic consequences of family breakdown, including the practice of judicial reliance on the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines, the underlying theoretical bases of the spousal support obligation, and the law of retroactive child support and its effects on women and children. Where nonhuman animals are concerned, she has written about legal models of companion animal ownership and is currently examining the constitutional dimensions of animal rights activism and the constitutionality of Canadian ag-gag legislation.


  • LAWS 2191: Animals and the Law
  • LAWS 2016: Constitutional Law 
  • LAWS 2110: Family Law
  • LAWS 1008: Introduction to Legal Ethics
  • LAWS 2039: Laskin Moot 

Selected awards & honours

  • Insight Development Grant (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
  • Wainwright Scholarship for Law (McGill)
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada)