Prof. Carol Rogerson
Professor Emerita

Jackman Law Building
Room J336
78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5

Tel.: 416-978-3715

Carol Rogerson is a professor at the Faculty of Law, where she began teaching in 1983. She served as Associate Dean of the Faculty from 1991 to 1993. She holds degrees in law from Harvard and Toronto, a master’s degree in English from Toronto, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta.

Professor Rogerson’s teaching and research interests encompass constitutional and family law. She is editor of Competing Visions of Constitutionalism: The Meech Lake Accord (with K. Swinton) and one of the co-authors of Canadian Constitutional Law. She is also the author of numerous law review articles in both the constitutional and family law areas and has frequently worked with governments on issues of family law reform. In 1985 and 2012 she received awards to recognize her excellence in teaching.

Prof. Rogerson was the co-author, with Professor Rollie Thompson of Dalhousie Law School, of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (Lignes directrices facultatives en matière de pensions alimentaires pour époux) for the Canadian Department of Justice. In recognition of her work on this project she was awarded the University of Toronto's Carolyn Tuohy Prize for Impact on Public Policy in April 2015.

In 2006, Prof. Rogerson was featured in a special exhibit as one of the Law School's Women Trailblazers.

B.A. - University of Alberta (1974)
M.A. (English) - University of Toronto (1977)
LL.B. - University of Toronto, Faculty of Law (1982)
LL.M. - Harvard Law School (1983)
Academic appointments
Associate Dean, Faculty of Law (1991-1993)
Awards and distinctions
SAC-APUS teaching award (1985)
Mewett teaching award (2012)
Carolyn Tuohy Prize for Impact on Public Policy (2015)
Other service
Executive Council, International Society of Family Law (elected July 2011)
Co-director, Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines Project, Justice Canada (2001-2008)
Member, Department of Justice Canada, Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee (1997-2002)
Selected publications

Shaping Substantive Law to promote Access to Justice: Canada’s Use of Child and Spousal Support Guidelines” ch 5 in John Eekelaar, Mavis Maclean and Benoit Bastard, eds., Delivering Family Justice in the 21st Century (Hart Publishing, 2015), pp. 51-68.

Child support, spousal support and the turn to guidelines” ch. 2.7 in John Eekelaar and Robert George, eds., Routledge Handbook of Family Law and Policy, (Cambridge University Press, 2014) 153-63.

Carol Rogerson and Rollie Thompson, Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines (Department of Justice Canada, July 2008). Available on the Department of Justice website at: 

With Rollie Thompson, “The Canadian Experiment with Spousal Support Guidelines” (2011) 45 Family Law Quarterly 241

“Canada: A bold and progressive past but an unclear future,” in Elaine Sutherland, ed., The Future of Child and Family Law: International Predictions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) at pp 77-111

Spousal Support Agreements and the Legacy of Miglin” (2012) 31 Canadian Family Law Quarterly 13

With Noel Semple, “Access to Family Justice: Insights And Options” in Michael Trebilcock et al, eds, Middle Class Access to Justice (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012) pp. 413-449

"The Life and Times of the F.L.A.", keynote paper prepared for the 25th Anniversary of the Family Law Act Conference, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, March 1, 2011

The Canadian Law of Spousal Support” (2004), 38 Family Law Quarterly 6

The Constitutional Law Group, P. Macklem, and C. Rogerson, executive eds., Canadian Constitutional Law, 4th ed. (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010)










Research areas
Canadian Constitutional Law
Charter of Rights
Family Law