Allison Christians

Full Professor
Associate Dean (Research)
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:  File Allison Christians Academic CV (rev. winter 2019)
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 Associate Dean (Research) and 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. Recent research focuses on the alignment of taxation with the sustainable development goals; evolving international norms of tax cooperation and competition; tax aspects of new technologies; and evolving conceptions of rights in taxation.

Her most recent scholarly works include:

Professor Christians is the author of ‘The Big Picture,’ a column for Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes International and regularly comments on developments in international tax law and policy on the Tax, Society & Culture blog and on Twitter @taxpolblog. Her Introduction to Tax Policy Theory, written primarily for tax policy students, provides an open-source primer on the theoretical and practical goals of taxation.

In May 2014, she was awarded the John Durnford Prize in Teaching Excellence by the Law Student Association of McGill University, and in Fall 2018, she was awarded the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Full Professor Category). She was named among the International Tax Review’s "Global Tax 50" in both 2015 and 2016 for her influence and impact on taxation, and in 2018 was identified by Economia as one of the top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information in social media.


  • 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 Dean (Research), McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2017-
  • Full Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2017-
  • Associate Professor, McGill University, Faculty of Law, 2012-2017
  • Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2011-2012
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2005-2011
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003-2005

Areas of Interest

Domestic and international tax law and policy, socio-economic rights, sustainable development, tax law and technology, international law and institutions.