Peter A Allard School of Law

Erez Aloni

Associate Professor
LL.M, S.J.D. (Pennsylvania)


Erez Aloni's primary research interests center around the legal regulation of adult relationships and complex family structures. He stages the family as an institution influenced by a broad range of laws, norms, and economic structures. His particular focus lies in understanding the distributional outcomes of legal regulations within households and exploring the intersection of private law with family law.

His projects address the challenges of regulating informal (unmarried) relationships, proposing models and options for their legal recognition. Additionally, his scholarship exposes potential economic detriments related to relationship recognition, especially for people with disabilities, lower-income households, government assistance recipients, and couples challenging traditional gender roles. Furthermore, his work uncovers the role of marriage regulation in contributing to wealth inequality. He is also known for his scholarship critiquing incrementalism in the path to same-sex marriage and analyzing the politics surrounding same-sex marriage movements.

Aloni's work has been published in prominent global publications, and he frequently shares his expertise at diverse forums. He has also contributed to popular media outlets, including the LA Times, the Guardian, and the Globe and Mail. Aloni is a member of the Executive Council of the International Society of Family Law and has been the Faculty co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Family Law since 2017.

At Allard Law, Aloni teaches contracts, family law, and law and sexuality. His dedication to teaching excellence earned him the George Curtis Memorial Award in 2021, and his research achievements were recognized with the Killam Faculty Research Fellowship in 2023.

Previously, he served as an assistant professor at Whittier Law School from 2013 to 2017 and was a fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School. Aloni earned his LL.M. and S.J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he also taught a course on law and sexuality. He has also been a visiting professor at the Radzyner Law School at the Reichman University in Herzliya and the Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • Contracts
  • Family Law
  • Law and sexuality



House Rules, Changing Families, Evolving Norms, and the Role of the Law, UBC Press, 2022 (Erez Aloni & Régine Tremblay Eds.)


Rich Dad, Gay Dad: The Wealth Traps of Gay Parenthood, 101 North Carolina L. Rev. _ (2023)

Compulsory Conjugality, 53 Connecticut Law Review (2021)

First Comes Marriage, Then Comes Baby, Then Comes What Exactly?, 15 National Taiwan University L. Rev 49 (2020)

Introduction to Special Issue: Shifting Normativities, 32 Canadian J. of Family Law 229 (2019) (with Régine Tremblay)

The Marital Wealth Gap93 Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2018)
    Reviewed in Jotwell, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), June 4, 2018, available at:

Capturing Excess in the On-Demand Economy, 39 U. Haw. L. Rev. 315 (2017) (invited symposium contribution)

Pluralizing the “Sharing” Economy, 91 Wash. L. Rev. 1397 (2016)

The Puzzle of Family Law Pluralism, 39 Harv. J. L & Gender 101 (2016)

Deprivative Recognition61 UCLA L. Rev. 1276 (2014)
    Reviewed in Jotwell, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots), July 25, 2014, available at:

Registering Relationships, 87 Tul. L. Rev. 573 (2013)
    Reprinted in 26 Minnesota Fam. L. J. 121 (2013)

Cloning and the LGBTI Family – Cautious Optimism, 35 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 1 (2011)

Incrementalism, Civil Unions and the Possibility of Predicting Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage, 18 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol’y 105 (2010)

Book Chapters

Queer Inequality: The COVID-19 Spotlight, in Routledge Companion to Gender and COVID-19 (Linda McClain & Aziza Ahmed Eds., 2023)

'WAR' and Other Reasons People Move in Together: Analyzing Cohabitating Relationship Progressions in BC, in House Rules (Aloni & Tremblay Eds., 2022)

A Trinity of Inequality: Wealth, Marriage, and Masculinity, in Citizenship on the Edge—Sex/ Gender/ Race (Nancy Hirschmann & Deborah Thomas eds., UPenn Press, 2022)

Legal and Policy Battles over Same-Sex Relationships in The Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy (Don Haider-Markel, Ed., University of Oxford Press., 2019) 

 Incrementalism in Same-sex Marriage Litigation, in Same-Sex Relationships, Law And Social Change (Frances Hamilton & Guido Noto La Diega, Eds., Routledge Glasshouse, 2019)

Pluralism and Regulatory Responses, in Cambridge Handbook of the Law of the Sharing Economy 143-155 (N. Davidson, M. Finck, J. Infranca, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Commentary on Obergefell v. Hodges, in Feminist Judgements: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (K. Stanchi, L. Berger, B. Crawford, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Jotwell Reviews

Calling Off Classification, review of Transitions in Sex Reclassification Law by Ido Katri (Nov. 2022)

Judging Gender, review of Exploring Identity, by Marie-Amélie George & Respecting and Protecting Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Children in Family Courts, by Claire Houston, (Sept. 2021)

Free’ Market Too Costly for US Families, review of The Free-Market Family, by Maxine Eichner (Sept. 2020)


Publications listed on the Law Library Faculty Research Publications Database

Erez Aloni

Organization Affiliations

  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies

Research Interests

  • Contract law
  • Family Law
  • Law, gender and sexuality

What are all of the diverse laws that together affect a family's composition and well-being, and how do those laws create effects - socioeconomic and otherwise - on society at large?

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