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Kim Brooks

Professor of Law

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Schulich School of Law

Email: kim.brooks@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7112
Mailing Address: 
Room 323, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave
PO Box 15000 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Tax policy
  • Tax-international
  • Tax-income
  • Tax-corporate
  • Tax-treaties
  • Business law


  • BA (Toronto)
  • LLB (UBC)
  • LLM (Osgoode)

Bar admissions

  • Ontario, 1999
  • Nova Scotia, 2010


I love the study and practice of law and am interested in public policy generally.  I have had the privilege of holding faculty positions at several faculties of law and prior to academia I practiced as a tax lawyer with Stikeman Elliott LLP in their Toronto and London (UK) offices.


I am most happy when a student proclaims that she went home and was talking to her roommate/parent/neighbour about some issue that came up in class and then explains with commitment why she now agrees or disagrees with the position she expressed in class. I have received teaching awards from McGill, UBC, and Queen's and am a recipient of the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Areas of supervision: All areas of tax law and policy.

Research interests

I am interested in all areas of tax law and policy, although most of my work to date has focused on corporate and international income taxation and aspects of tax administration.  I aim to contribute to three broad strands of the tax literature:  using a discrete area of tax law to illuminate a larger tax concept, promoting distributive justice, and exploring how the tax system is used as an instrument for social and economic change.    

Selected awards & honours

  • 2010: 3M National Teaching Fellow
  • H Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation, McGill Faculty of Law
  • 2008: McGill Law Students Association's John W Durnford Teaching Excellence Award, McGill University
  • 2007: Killam Teaching Excellence Award, UBC
  • 2006: Don MacDougall Faculty Scholar Award, UBC
  • 2002: Law Students' Society Teaching Excellence Award, Queen's University

Selected publications

  • Benjamin Alarie et al, Canadian Income Tax Law, 5th ed (Toronto: Butterworths, 2015).
  • Kim Brooks & Richard Krever, “The Troubling Role of Tax Treaties” in Geerten Michielse & Victor Thuronyi, eds, Tax Design Issues Worldwide (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, 2015) 159.
  • Kim Brooks, “International Tax Policy: The Counter-Story Presented by the BRICS” in Yariv Brauner & Pasquale Pistone, eds, BRICS and the Emergence of International Tax Coordination (Amsterdam: IBFD, 2015) 447.
  • Kim Brooks, “The World Needs More Rod Macdonald: The Potential of Big Ideas” (2014) 51(4) Alta L Rev 871.
  • Kim Brooks & Neil Brooks, “The Supreme Court’s 2013 Tax Cases: Side-Stepping the Interesting, Important and Difficult Issues” (2015) 68 Sup Ct L Rev (2d) 335.
  • Kim Brooks, ed, The Quest for Tax Reform Continues: The Royal Commission on Taxation Fifty Years Later (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).

Service & activity

  • Dean of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (2010 – 2015)
  • Director, Institute for Research on Public Policy
  • Director, Nova Scotia Liquor Commission
  • Member, Board of Governors, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Vice-Chair of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee
  • Member, Department of Finance’s tax expenditures review advisory group