Associate Professor & Associate Dean, First Year Program

Falconer Hall
Room 208
84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 

Tel.: 416-946-8205

Benjamin Alarie, M.A. (Toronto), J.D. (Toronto), LL.M. (Yale), is a professor and Associate Dean, First Year Program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. He researches and teaches principally in taxation law and judicial decision-making. Before joining the Faculty in 2004, Professor Alarie was a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. Professor Alarie convenes the James Hausman Tax Law and Policy Workshop at the law school and recently completed a three year term as President of the Canadian Law and Economics Association. His publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Business Law Journal, the British Tax Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Canadian Tax Journal, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and the University of Toronto Law Journal. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. He is coauthor of several editions of Canadian Income Tax Law (LexisNexis) and was awarded the Alan Mewett QC Prize for Excellence by the JD class of 2009. 


In 2012, Professor Alarie led the faculty's adoption of a new JD grading system, in which the law school community decided to replace its legacy grading system with a modified honours-pass-fail system (student reception of the change). In 2013, as co-chair of the JD admissions committee, he led reforms to the JD admissions process to make the system more sensitive to differences in the quality of applicant prepration for the study of law and to be more proactively inclusive of students with varied personal experiences (student reception of the change and other coverage). In 2014, as co-chair of the law school's curriculum committee, he helped lead a successful effort to transform the first year of the JD program. As Associate Dean, First Year Program, Professor Alarie is overseeing the implementation of the new first year curriculum in the 2014-2015 academic year (details).


Professor Alarie is currently working on a book project that is under contract with Oxford University Press on the institutional dimensions of Supreme Court judicial decision-making with Professor Andrew Green.

Education
B.A. - Wilfrid Laurier University (1999)
M.A. - University of Toronto (2002)
J.D. - University of Toronto (2002)
LL.M. - Yale Law School (2003)
Awards and distinctions
Alan Mewett QC Prize for Excellence, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Students' Law Society (2009)
Selected Publications

Benjamin Alarie, "Trebilcock on Tax Avoidance" (2010) 60(2) University of Toronto Law Journal 623. download article

Benjamin Alarie and David Duff, "The Legacy of UK Tax Concepts in Canadian Income Tax Law" [2008] British Tax Review 228. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1120784

Benjamin Alarie, "Mutual Misunderstanding in Contract" (2009) 46(4) American Business Law Journal 531.  http://ssrn.com/abstract=1142941

Benjamin Alarie and Andrew James Green, "The Reasonable Justice: An Empirical Analysis of Justice Frank Iacobucci's Career on the Supreme Court of Canada" (2007) 57 University of Toronto Law Journal 195. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1012925

Benjamin Alarie and Andrew James Green, "Policy Preference Change and Appointments to the Supreme Court of Canada" (2009) 47(1) Osgoode Hall Law Journal 1. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1013560