Associate Dean (Research)
H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law
Chancellor Day Hall
Canada H3A 1W9
allison.christians [at] mcgill.ca (Email)
Focus Law | droit, fall-winter 2015: Create, Regulate, Innov8
Research Profile: Allison Christians (Focus online, April 2014)
Website: H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law
Curriculum vitae: Allison Christians Academic CV (rev. fall 2017)
Publications on SSRN: papers.ssrn.com/Auth_id=348301
Prof. Christians' Blog: taxpol.blogspot.ca
Prof. Christians' on Twitter: twitter.com/profchristians
Stikeman Chair on Youtube
The Stikeman Chair has participated in a number of events that were videotaped, and are now available on the Chair's youtube channel. Below are some key talks given by Professor Allison Christians on taxation and rights.
Allison Christians is Associate Dean (Research) and the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at the McGill University Faculty of Law. Her research and teaching focus on national and international tax law and policy issues, with emphasis on the relationship between taxation and economic development and on the role of government and non-government institutions and actors in the creation of tax policy norms.
Before entering academia, she practiced tax law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where she focused on the taxation of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings and associated issues and transactions involving private and public companies, and at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she focused mainly on private equity funds.
She taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Northwestern University School of Law before joining the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2012.
She has written numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, as well as editorials, columns, and articles in professional journals, addressing national and international tax law and policy issues.
Her most recent scholarly works include:
- A Global Perspective on Citizenship-Based Taxation, 38 Mich. J. Int’l L. 193 (2017);
- BEPS and the New International Tax Order, 2016-2017 B.Y.U. L. Rev 1603 (2017);
- Assessing BEPS: Origins, Standards, and Responses, Int’l Fisc. Assoc. Cahier 102A (2017) (with Stephen Shay);
- Tax Sovereignty in the BEPS Era (Kluwer 2017) (co-edited with Sergio Rocha);
- BEPS and the Power to Tax, in Allison Christians and Sergio Rocha, eds., Tax Sovereignty in the BEPS Era (Kluwer 2017);
- Kill Switches in the New US Model Tax Treaty, 41 Brook. J. Int’l L. 1043 (2016), with Alexander Ezenagu;
- A Qui le Droit de Taxer? Être membre d’un État et les enjeux fiscaux qui en découlent, 43 Philosophiques 127 (2016), with Nicolas Benoit-Guay;
- While Parliament Sleeps: Tax Treaty Practice in Canada, 10 J. Parl. and Political L. 15 (2016);
- Trust in the Tax System: The Problem of Lobbying, in Cees Peeters et al, eds., Building Trust in Taxation (2017);
- Taxpayer Rights in Canada, in César Alejandro Ruiz Jiménez, ed., Tax Law and Human Rights (2016);
- Taxpayer Rights in the United States, in César Alejandro Ruiz Jiménez, ed., Tax Law and Human Rights (2016).
Professor Christians is the author of ‘The Big Picture,’ a column for Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes International and regularly comments on developments in international tax law and policy on the Tax, Society & Culture blog and on Twitter @taxpolblog.
In May 2014, she was awarded the John Durnford Prize in Teaching Excellence by the Law Student Association of McGill University. Allison Christians was named among the International Tax Review’s "Global Tax 50" in both 2015 and 2016 for her influence and impact on taxation. Professor Christians received the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Full Professor Category) during the Fall Convocation for the Faculty of Law on November 26, 2018.
J.D., Columbia University School of Law 1999, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2003
H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Taxation Law, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-
Associate Dean (Research), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2017-
Full Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2017-
Associate Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-2017
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011-2012
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005-2011
January Term Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, January 2012
Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003-2005
Areas of Interest
Domestic and international tax law and policy, socio-economic rights, policy, and development, globalization, international law and institutions, tax theory and norm development, networks, norms, and legal change.