Associate Professor

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) researches and teaches in taxation law and judicial decision-making. Before joining the Faculty of Law, Professor Alarie was a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada. 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). From 2010 to the present, Professor Alarie has been the law school's representative on the Academic Board, and in 2014-2015, Professor Alarie served the university as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee of Governing Council.


Professor Alarie is currently working on a book project under contract with Oxford University Press on the institutional dimensions of Supreme Court judicial decision-making with Professor Andrew Green, and is a co-founder of Blue J Legal, which brings advanced AI technology to the field of tax law, with Professors Anthony Niblett and Albert Yoon.

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)
Other service
Vice-Chair, Planning and Budget Committee, University of Toronto
Chair, Admissions Committee, Faculty of Law
Chair, Financial Aid Committee, Faculty of Law
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.

Benjamin Alarie, "Mutual Misunderstanding in Contract" (2009) 46(4) American Business Law Journal 531.

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.

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.