Rollie Thompson, KC

Professor Emeritus of Law


Related information

Mailing Address: 
Room L114D, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Divorce
  • Family law
  • Evidence
  • Civil procedure
  • Poverty law
  • Child Protection


  • BA Hons (McGill)
  • LLB (Dalhousie)

Bar admissions

  • Nova Scotia, 1980


  • Family Law I (LAWS 2110)
  • Advanced Issues in Family Law (LAWS 2112)
  • Child Protection (LAWS 2310)

Research interests

Professor Thompson's research interests include Family Law, Child Protection, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Access to Justice, Legal Aid and Poverty Law.

Selected awards & honours

  • Queen's Counsel, 2011
  • 2001-02 Recipient of the Dalhousie Law Alumni Association and the Dalhousie Law Students’ Society Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2005 Recipient of the Vincent J. Pottier Award for Exceptional and Outstanding Contribution to Dalhousie Legal Aid Service
  • 2016 Recipient of Award for Teaching Excellence in the Osgoode Professional Ll.M.
  • 2018 Recipient (with Carol Rogerson) of one of the AFCC-Ontario’s “10 in 10” 10th Anniversary  Awards of Excellence in Family Justice

Selected publications

  • Rollie Thompson, "Legislating About Relocating:  Bill C-78, N.S. and B.C." (2019), 38 Can.Fam.L.Q. 219
  • Rollie Thompson, "Spousal Support, Eh? Sorry, Not Your American Alimony" (2019), 41 Houston Journal of International Law 101.
  • Rollie Thompson, “The Retreat from ‘Least Intrusive Intervention’ in Canadian Child Protection Law” (2018), 37 Can Fam.LQ 99.
  • Rollie Thompson and Carol Rogerson, The Revised User’s Guide to the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (Ottawa: Department of Justice, April 2016)
  • Rollie Thompson, "Ideas of Spousal Support Entitlement" (2015) 34 Can Fam LQ 1.
  • Rollie Thompson, "Presumptions, Burdens and Best Interests in Relocation" (2015) 53 Fam Ct Rev 40.
  • Rollie Thompson, "The TLC of Shared Parenting: Time, Language and Cash" (2013) 32 Can Fam LQ 315.
  • Rollie Thompson, ed, Nova Scotia Civil Procedure Rules, 2nd ed (LexisNexis Canada, looseleaf).
  • Rollie Thompson, “Heading for the Light: International Relocation from Canada” (2011) 30 Can Fam LQ 1
  • Family, Children and Youth Section, Department of Justice Canada, Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (Ottawa: Department of Justice, July 2008).
  • Rollie Thompson, "Slackers, Shirkers and Career-Changers: Imputing Income for Under/Unemployment" (2007) 26 Can Fam LQ 135.
  • Rollie Thompson, "Rounding Up the Usual Criminal Suspects, and a Few More Civil Ones: Section 7 After Chaoulli" (2007) 20 NJCL 129.

Service & activity

  • Editor, Nova Scotia Procedure Rules, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis)
  • Editor of the Canadian Family Law Quarterly.
  • 2001-08: Co-Director (with Carol Rogerson), Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines Project, Canada Department of Justice