Jodi Lazare

Assistant Professor of Law

Phone: 902-494-1034
Fax: 902-494-1316
Mailing Address: 
6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Family law
  • Gender and economic consequences of family breakdown
  • Parental relocation
  • Legal systems
  • Nonhuman animals and the law
  • Judicial use of social science evidence


  • 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

Jodi'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, comparative understandings of post- marital obligations across provincial lines, and the law of relocation and its effects on women. Where nonhuman animals are concerned, Jodi researches and writes on legal models of companion animal ownership.


  • 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

  • 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)