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Queen's University

Professor Arthur Cockfield

Arthur Cockfield

B.A. (Western), LL.B. (Queen's), J.S.M., J.S.D. (Stanford)

Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000, ext. 78296
fax: (613) 533-6509

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Teaching Subjects

  • Contracts
  • Taxation

Recent Professional Achievements

  • Awarded SSHRC Insight Grant for 'Transactions Costs and International Tax Law', 2014-2018
  • Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, winter 2013
  • Member of Corporate Taxation Reform Expert Panel at the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto, 2012 to present
  • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Research Grant for ‘Canadian Taxpayer Privacy’, 2013-2014
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) standard research grant for 'Protecting Taxpayer Privacy under Enhanced Cross-border Tax Information Exchanges: A Law and Technology Perspective', 2008-2012
  • (as co-applicant) Major Collaborative Research Initiative for 'The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting' (2008-2015)
  • Research fellow (taxation law), Monash University (Australia), 2006 to present
  • Editorial Boards: Canadian Tax Journal, International Journal of Business Law, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Editorial Council

Current Research

  • Tax,
  • Law and Technology,
  • Privacy

Recent Publications


    • Arthur Cockfield, Walter Hellerstein, Rebecca Millar and Christophe Waerzeggers, Taxing Global Digital Commerce (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2013)
    • Arthur Cockfield, Introduction to Legal Ethics (featuring novella ‘Sandra’s Trust’)(LexisNexis, 2013)

      Academic Articles and Book Chapters

        • The Limits of the International Tax Regime as a Commitment Projector, vol. 33 Virginia Tax Review pp. 59-113 (2013)
        • (with Catherine Brown) Rectifying Tax Mistakes versus Retroactive Taxes: Reconciling Competing Visions of the Rule of Law, vol. 61 Canadian Tax Journal pp. 563-598
        • (with Jonah Mayles) The Influence of Historical Tax Law Developments on Anglo-American Law and Politics, vol. 3 Columbia Tax Law Journal pp. __ (2013)
        • (with Catherine Brown) Revisiting the Carter Commission’s International Tax Work, in Kim Brooks, ed., The Quest for Tax Reform Continues: The Royal Commission on Taxation Fifty Years Later (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2013).

        CV (with links to most books and articles)

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