Allison Christians

Associate Professor
H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law

Chancellor Day Hall
Room 28
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 1W9

514-398-1223 [Office]
allison.christians [at] (Email)

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Allison Christians

Research Profile: Allison Christians (Focus online, April 2014)
Website: H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Tax Law
Curriculum vitae: Allison Christians - Academic CV [.docx] (rev. winter 2017)
Publications on SSRN:
Prof. Christians' Blog:
Prof. Christians' on Twitter:

McGill Law Journal podcasts: FATCA incoming (Feb 2014) and Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion, and Tax Justice (June 2013)
Focus online Research Profile on Professor Allison Christians (April 2014)

Stikeman Chair on Youtube

The Stikeman Chair has participated in a number of events that were videotaped, and are now available on the Chair's youtube channel. Below are some key talks given by Professor Allison Christians on taxation and rights.



Allison Christians is the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation at the McGill University Faculty of Law.  Her research and teaching focus on national and international tax law and policy issues, with emphasis on the relationship between taxation and economic development and on the role of government and non-government institutions and actors in the creation of tax policy norms.

Before entering academia, she practiced tax law at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where she focused on the taxation of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings and associated issues and transactions involving private and public companies, and at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where she focused mainly on private equity funds. 

She taught at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Northwestern University School of Law before joining the Faculty of Law at McGill University in 2012.

She has written numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, as well as editorials, columns, and articles in professional journals, addressing national and international tax law and policy issues.

Her most recent scholarly articles include ‘Avoidance, Evasion, and Taxpayer Morality,’ 44 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 39 (2014), ‘Good Tax Governance and the Issue of Political Influence,’ in Tax Abuses, Poverty and Human Rights, Thomas Pogge and Krishen Mehta, eds. (Oxford, forthcoming 2014), "Drawing the Boundaries of Tax Justice," in The Carter Commission After 50 Years (Carswell 2013); "Putting the Reign Back in Sovereign," 40 Pepp. L. Rev. 1373 (2013); "Getting to Yes? Thoughts on a BATNA for International Tax," 2013 Wis. L. R. Online 7 (2013); "Tax Activism and the Global Movement for Development through Transparency," in Tax, Law and Development, Miranda Stewart & Yariv Brauner, eds. (Edward Elgar, 2013) 288-315; "Canada Report," in Tax Secrecy and Tax Transparency – The Relevance of Confidentiality in Tax Law (Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, forthcoming 2013); and How Nations Share, 87 Indiana L. J. 1407 (2012).

Professor Christians is the author of ‘The Big Picture,’ a column for Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes International, serves as editor of the Tax section of Jotwell, and regularly comments on developments in international tax law and policy on the Tax, Society & Culture blog, on the Lexis Tax Community blog, and on Twitter @taxpolblog.

In May 2014, she was awarded the John Durnford Prize in Teaching Excellence by the Law Student Association of McGill University. Allison Christians was named among the International Tax Review’s "Global Tax 50" in both 2015 and 2016 for her influence and impact on taxation.


J.D., Columbia University School of Law 1999, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2003


H. Heward Stikeman Chair in Taxation Law, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-

Associate Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011-2012

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005-2011

January Term Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, January 2012

Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003-2005

Areas of Interest

Domestic and international tax law and policy, socio-economic rights, policy, and development, globalization, international law and institutions, tax theory and norm development, networks, norms, and legal change.