Professor & Osler Chair in Business Law

Jackman Law Building
Room J360
78 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 graduate fellow at Yale Law School (2002-2003) and a law clerk for Madam Justice Louise Arbour at the Supreme Court of Canada (2003-2004). Over the years his publications have appeared in numerous academic journals, including the British Tax Review, the Canadian Tax Journal, and the American Business 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. Beyond his academic career, Professor Alarie is co-founder and CEO of Blue J and an affiliated faculty member of the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society.


Professor Alarie is co-author with Abdi Aidid of The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better (University of Toronto Press, 2023). The Legal Singularity is available for preorder on Amazon and via the University of Toronto Press.


Professor Alarie's LinkedIn profile.

B.A. - Wilfrid Laurier University (1999), with high distinction
M.A. - University of Toronto (2002)
J.D. - University of Toronto (2002), with honours
LL.M. - Yale Law School (2003)
Academic appointments
Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Faculty Affiliate, Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society
Awards and distinctions
Alan Mewett QC Prize for Excellence, University of Toronto Faculty of Law Students' Law Society (2009)
Other service
Chair, Admissions Committee, Faculty of Law
Selected publications

Commitment and Cooperation on High Courts: A Cross-Country Examination of the Institutional Constraints on Judicial Decision-Making (Oxford University Press, 2017), with Andrew Green.

"The Path of the Law: Towards Legal Singularity" (2016) 66(4) University of Toronto Law Journal 443 (SSRN).

"Using Machine Learning to Predict Outcomes in Tax Law" (2016) 58(3) Canadian Business Law Journal 231 (SSRN), with Anthony Niblett and Albert Yoon.