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, Rebecca Millar and Christophe Waerzeggers, Taxing Global Digital Commerce (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2013, 2nd ed. forthcoming 2019)
  • Jinyan Li and Arthur Cockfield, 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