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Faculty of Law

Art Cockfield. Photo: Greg Black


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.


  • Tax
  • Law and Technology
  • Privacy

Recent Professional Achievements:

  • Awarded the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award by the Canadian Tax Foundation (with Catherine Brown), 2014
  • Awarded SSHRC Insight Grant for 'Transactions Costs and International Tax Law', 2014-2018
  • Awarded (as co-applicant) research grant from the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society for ‘Examining Global Terrorist Financing Networks’, 2016
  • Fulbright Visiting Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, winter 2013


For a complete list of publications, please consult Professor Cockfield's CV.


  • 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, 2nd ed. 2016)
  • Tim Edgar, Arthur Cockfield and Martha O’Brien, contributing editors, Materials on Canadian Income Tax (Toronto: Thomson Reuters Carswell, 15th ed., 2015)

Academic Articles and Book Chapters

  • Big Data and Tax Haven Secrecy, vol. 12 Florida Tax Review pp. 483-539 (2016)
  • (with Carl MacArthur) Country-by-Country Reporting and Commercial Confidentiality, vol. 63 Canadian Tax Journal pp. 627-660 (2015)
  • David Foster Wallace on Tax Policy and Work Boredom in The Pale King, vol. 12 Pittsburgh Tax Review pp. 89-109 (2015)