Benjamin Alarie
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 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 most recent book is on the institutional dimensions of Supreme Court decision-making, jointly authored with Prof. Andrew Green (view at Oxford University Press). Beyond his academic career, Professor Alarie is co-founder and CEO of Blue J Legal, a company creating next generation legal research tools that harness the power of artificial intelligence to provide answers in tax and employment law (Tax Foresight and Employment Foresight). This TEDx talk introduces Professor Alarie's thoughts on how artificial intelligence and machine-learning are likely to affect law and legal institutions in the coming decades. Professor Alarie on Wikipedia.

B.A. - Wilfrid Laurier University (1999)
M.A. - University of Toronto (2002)
J.D. - University of Toronto (2002)
LL.M. - Yale Law School (2003)
Academic appointments
Faculty Affiliate, Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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

Benjamin Alarie, "Turning Standards into Rules Part 1: Using Machine Learning to Predict Tax Outcomes"

Benjamin Alarie, "Turning Standards into Rules Part 2: How Do Financial Risk Factors Affect Debt vs. Equity Determinations?"

Benjamin Alarie, "Turning Standards into Rules—Part 3: Behavioral Control Factors in Employee vs. Independent Contractor Decisions"

Benjamin Alarie, "Turning Standards into Rules Part 4: Machine Learning and Economic Substance"

Benjamin Alarie, "Turning Standards into Rules—Part 5: Weighing the Factors in Capital Gains vs. Ordinary Income Decisions"

Benjamin Alarie, "The Path of the Law: Toward Legal Singularity"

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.