2009 Award Recipient

Professor Jinyan Li (Taxation Law)

Professor Jinyan Li (York University)
Professor Jinyan Li is cited for her expertise in the field of Taxation Law in both Canada and China. She is recognized in Canada and abroad as a leading scholar in this area and has been retained by governments as well as private organizations to provide expert advice on tax matters. She has gained the reputation for being able to explain complicated tax concepts to the average person and for engaging her students with creativity and passion.

Educational Background
After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics in China, in 1985, Professor Li came to Canada for further education and was granted LL.M degree (Queen’s University), LL.B degree (University of Toronto) and Doctor of Jurisprudence (York University). Professor Li is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Career Development
Professor Li became Interim Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School on July 1, 2009. She has previously served as Chair of the Law School’s Upper-Year Curriculum Reform Working Group, Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee and the Equality Committee. Professor Li joined Osgoode in 1999, becoming a full professor in 2006. Professor Li previously taught for eight years on the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. She was also a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School, a Greenwoods and Freehills Visiting Professor of International Taxation at the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Visiting Professor at Kenneth Wang Law School, Suzhou University, China. In 2007, Professor Li was granted the Academic Excellence Award by the Canadian Association of Law Teachers.

Major Contributions
Professor Li has served as a legal consultant to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Auditor General of Canada, the Department of Justice of Canada, Department of Finance of Canada as well as several leading law firms. She was also a member of an advisory committee for the Minister of National Revenue on the issue of e-commerce taxation.

Professor Li has been awarded numerous research grants, including two from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In 1999, Professor Li received the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award. In 2004, she won the teaching excellence award at Osgoode.

Professor Li’s research interests include taxation law and policy, social security law, pension law, comparative law and Chinese law. She co-authored 12 books, contributed chapters to 16 books and published more than 70 academic articles and reports.

Professor Li was also qualified as an expert witness during the Conrad Black trial in Chicago in 2007.