Professor Allison Christians is 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.
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, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law before joining the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2012.
For the 2019-2020 university year, she will be teaching International Taxation (CMPL 539) and Tax Policy (PUB2 515).
Nadia Rusak, BCL/LLB'06, is a course lecturer of Taxation (PUB2 313) and of Corporate Taxation (PUB2 517) at McGill's Faculty of Law.
Nadia Rusak is a lawyer with extensive experience in Canadian and international business law, tax planning, and tax dispute resolution. Having spent over 10 years advising and defending some of the most sophisticated public companies and institutional investors operating in Canada and internationally, Nadia now devotes her practice entirely to private clients, including entrepreneurial businesses, private investment funds, individuals, families, and charitable organizations as president of Cragmore Lawyers.
She frequently collaborates with accounting firms on implementing tax plans. This includes drafting legal agreements and reorganizing companies to meet intended structuring objectives. She also manages sensitive files on behalf of accounting firms, serving as a liaison between accountant and client, to ensure that their professional services are covered by solicitor-client privilege.
Nadia is a frequent speaker at the Canadian and international tax conferences, including CTF, APFF, IFA and ABA. Nadia is also a sessional lecturer of International Taxation at the Master's Tax Program, HEC.
Dr. Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães (tarcisio.magalhaes [at] mail.mcgill.ca (email)) is a postdoctoral researcher at McGill's Faculty of Law, under grants by the Ford Foundation, working on the project “Designing Sustainable Tax Systems”, and a former postdoctoral research fellow at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD). He holds a Doctor, Master and Bachelor of Law degrees, all obtained with honors at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, under merit-based scholarships. His PhD thesis, entitled "Critical Theory of International Tax Law," was awarded the Best Thesis in Law prize, and will soon be published as a book. In addition, he was a visiting doctoral researcher under full scholarships at McGill University, IBFD, WU Vienna (Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law), and Max Planck (Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance), and a visiting law student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Previously, he gained experience in tax litigation and consultancy at one of the major Brazilian law firms, volunteered as a supervising attorney in tax cases at a Law Clinic, worked as a coordinator of strategic litigation in revenue law at the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and was for years a member of the Permanent Commission on Review and Simplification of Tax Legislation in Brazil. He has also taught courses in international tax law, tax policy, budget and public finance, public administration, and economic analysis of law, and has been an invited speaker to conferences and academic events in several countries. His publications include books and book chapters, scholarly essays in top scientific journals, articles in online magazines, and technical reports in Portuguese, English or French. Among his general areas of research are national, international and comparative tax law and policy, tax reform, fiscal federalism, democratic legitimacy, and socio-economic development.