A tax law scholar and policy consultant, Arthur Cockfield is also known in the classroom as an innovative instructor who weaves narrative elements into his courses.

Prior to joining Queen’s, Cockfield worked as an articling student and associate lawyer for Goodmans LLP in Toronto.  He has worked at the University of West Indies in Barbados and at U.S. law schools, most recently as a Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Most of Professor Cockfield’s publications focus on tax law. Awards include the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award from the Canadian Tax Foundation, and a number of fellowships and external research grants for his research.

For most of his courses, he has developed a narrative law teaching method that takes a lawyer/protagonist through a series of problems, and has published related works of fiction.

Professor Cockfield has served as a legal and policy consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United Nations, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance, the Advisory Panel on Canada’s System of International Taxation, the National Judicial Institute, the Office of the Auditor General of Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Recent Professional Achievements:

  • Awarded Social Science and Humanities Research Council Insight research grant on ‘Invisible Underworld: Inhibiting Global Financial Crime’ (with Christian Leuprecht), 2019 to 2023
  • Member of Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee, 2018 to present
  • Awarded the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award by the Canadian Tax Foundation (with Catherine Brown), 2014

Selected Publications:


  • Arthur Cockfield, Walter Hellerstein, and Marie Lamensch, Taxing Global Digital Commerce (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2nd ed. 2020)
  • Jinyan Li and Arthur Cockfield (with Scott Wilkie), International Taxation in Canada (LexisNexis, 2nd ed., 2018)
  • Arthur Cockfield and David Kerzner, International Taxation Core Concepts (featuring novella ‘La Brienza Winery: Tax Trouble in Wine Country’ (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed., 2017)
  • Arthur Cockfield, Introduction to Legal Ethics (featuring novella ‘Sandra’s Trust’)(LexisNexis, 2nd ed. 2016)

Academic Articles and Book Chapters

  • (Christian Leuprecht, Jeff Simser, Arthur Cockfield and Gary Clement, Detect, Disrupt and Deter: Domestic and Global Financial Crime -- A Roadmap for British Columbia (A Report for the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia, 2021) pp. 1-46
  • International Tax Transparency, vol. 1 Perspectives on Tax Law and Policy, p. 1 (2020)
  • Tax Wars: How to End the Conflict over Taxing Global Digital Commerce, vol. 17 Berkeley Business Law Journal p. 353 (2020)
  • Cross-border Big Data Flows and Taxpayer Privacy, in Robert F. van Brederode, ed., Ethics and Taxation p. 379 (New York: Springer, 2020)
  • How Countries Should Share Tax Information, in Philip Alston and Nikki Reisch, eds., Tax, Inequality and Human Rights pp. 303-322 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019)
  • (Christian Leuprecht, Arthur J. Cockfield, Pam Simpson and Maseeh Haseeh) Tracking Transnational Terrorist Networking Nodes, vol. 46 Florida State University Law Review p. 289 (2019)
  • Sharing Tax Information in the 21st Century: Big Data Flows and Taxpayers as Data Subjects, vol. 67 Canadian Tax Journal pp. 1179-1199 (2019)
  • (Christian Leuprecht, Arthur J. Cockfield, Pam Simpson and Maseeh Haseeh) Tracking Transnational Terrorist Networking Nodes, 46 Florida State University Law Review 289 (2019)