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 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 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. Professor Alarie's newest book is on the institutional dimensions of Supreme Court decision-making, jointly authored with Prof. Andrew Green (you may pre-order now via Oxford University Press; it ships July 21, 2017).


In 2012, Professor Alarie led the faculty's adoption of a new JD grading system (student reception of the change). In 2013, he led reforms to the JD admissions process to make the system more sensitive to differences in the quality of applicant preparation 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). As Associate Dean, First Year Program (2011-2015), Professor Alarie helped lead a successful effort to transform the first year of the JD program (details). From 2010 to the present, Professor Alarie has been the law school's representative on the University of Toronto's Academic Board and in that capacity has served as Vice-Chair of the Planning and Budget Committee of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto (2014-2015).


In addition to his academic career, Professor Alarie is co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal, a fast growing startup company which brings advanced machine learning and natural language processing technology to the field of tax law.

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
Chair, Admissions Committee, Faculty of Law
Chair, Financial Aid Committee, Faculty of Law
Selected Publications

Benjamin Alarie, "The Path of the Law: Toward Legal Singularity" http://ssrn.com/abstract=2767835

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