Kim Brooks

Professor of Law, Professor of Accounting and President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University

Phone: 902-494-2511
Mailing Address: 
Henry Hicks Academic Administration Building
6299 South Street, Room 108
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)
  • PhD (University of Western Australia)

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.

  • LAWS 2029: Taxation I
  • LAWS 2269: Taxation II
  • LAWS 2106: Taxation of Corporations
  • LAWS 2245: Bowman National Tax Moot
  • LAWS 2259 - Dalhousie Law Journal Editorial

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

  • Recipient of the 2013, 2015, and 2017 Schulich School of Law graduating class rings
  • 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

  • Kim Brooks, Victor Thuronyi and Borbala Kolozs Comparative Tax Law, 2nd ed. (The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International BV, 2016).
  • 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)
  • Chair, Research Committee, Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Canada Health Infoway
  • Vice-Chair of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Offshore Compliance Advisory Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Halifax Public Libraries