Suzanne Chiodo

Suzanne Chiodo

Academic Degrees:

BA (Hons) and MA, University of Oxford
JD (Dist), University of Western Ontario
LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School
DPhil Candidate, University of Oxford


Suzanne Chiodo joins Western Law as an Assistant Professor in August 2020. She graduated with distinction from Western Law in 2011, having helped to establish the Western Journal of Legal Studies. She clerked for Mr Justice O’Reilly at the Federal Court of Canada and was called to the Ontario Bar in June 2012. Chiodo then practiced in Toronto until the fall of 2017, primarily in the field of class actions. During that time she also taught civil procedure as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, and completed her LLM in class actions with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Chiodo is currently completing her doctorate in class actions and group litigation at the University of Oxford, where she is the recipient of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, a Canada-UK Foundation Doctoral Studentship, and an Oxford Law Faculty Scholarship. She has also taught tort and criminal law as a stipendiary lecturer at Oriel College, Oxford.   

She has published widely in the area of class actions and civil litigation. Her book, The Class Actions Controversy: The Origins and Development of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act, was based on her LLM thesis and was published by Irwin Law and the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History in 2018. It has since won the Peter Oliver Prize in Canadian Legal History and was shortlisted for the 2019 Legislative Assembly of Ontario Speaker’s Book Award. She has written a chapter in Class Actions in Canada (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018), and has published numerous articles in the UK’s Civil Justice Quarterly, The Canadian Class Action Review, as well as other journals in Canada and the UK.

Chiodo’s work on class action reform has influenced policy thinking on both sides of the Atlantic. She is organizing, with Michael Molavi of Oxford’s Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, one of the first class actions conferences in England (currently postponed until 2021). In Ontario, her work was cited in the recent Law Commission of Ontario report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms, the first comprehensive review of class actions since they were enacted in the province.

Her current research focuses on the modernization and digitization of court procedures in Ontario, as well as online courts in general.

Suzanne Chiodo is currently on leave.

Research Highlights

S Chiodo, “Ontario Civil Justice Reform in the Wake of Covid-19: Inspired or Institutionalized?” (2020) Osgoode Hall Law Journal (submitted).

S Chiodo, “Local Representation and Litigant Voice: The Story of Class Actions in Newfoundland & Labrador” (2020) University of New Brunswick Law Journal (accepted).

S Chiodo, “How Class Actions Change the Justification for Damages in Private Law” (2020) Civil Justice Quarterly (accepted).

S Chiodo, “‘Keep Calm and Stay Classy’: Bill 161 and proposed changes to the Ontario Class Proceedings Act” (2020) 39:2 Civil Justice Quarterly 180.

S Chiodo, “Law Commission of Ontario Report: Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms” (2019) 38:4 Civil Justice Quarterly 491.

S Chiodo, “UK Supreme Court rules that English companies can be sued for actions of foreign subsidiaries in the interests of ‘substantial justice’: Vedanta Resources v Lungowe [2019] UKSC 20” (2019) 38:3 Civil Justice Quarterly 300.

S Chiodo, “Book Review: Class Actions in Canada: The Promise and Reality of Access to Justice by Jasminka Kalajdzic” (2019) 38:2 Civil Justice Quarterly 281.

S Chiodo, The Class Actions Controversy: The Origins and Development of the Ontario Class Proceedings Act (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2018).

S Chiodo, “Chapter 1: History and Purpose” in J Walker, ed, Class Actions in Canada, 2nd ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2018).

S Chiodo, “Defendant Class Actions: Awkward Twin or Distant Cousin?” (2015) 10:3 Class Action Journal 649.

Suzanne is seeking graduate students in the following areas: Civil procedure, class actions