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Professor of Taxation Law, University of Sydney

Graeme Cooper studied tax in Australia and the United States and holds a doctorate in law from Columbia University.

He has taught tax in Law Schools in Australia, Europe and the United States. His principal research and teaching focus is domestic corporate taxation, comparative tax law and tax policy.

He is the author of many articles published in Australian and international tax journals and a co-author of Cooper, Krever, Rider and Vann, Income Taxation Commentary and Materials, now in its fifth edition, one of the leading student works on the Australian income tax system.

He serves on the Editorial Boards of the Canadian Tax Journal, e-Journal of Tax Research and the New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy and is Australian correspondent for Tax Notes International. He is a frequent conference speaker and has presented papers at conferences in Australia, Europe and North America.

He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Australian Tax Research Foundation and a former Chair of the NSW Division of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is a member of the Taxation Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the International Fiscal Association and a fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

He was admitted to legal practice in NSW (1980) and Victoria (1999) and practised in Sydney before entering teaching. He currently works part-time as a consultant to Greenwoods & Freehills, specialist tax advisers in Sydney.

Beginning in 1992, he has worked as a consultant on a variety of tax design and implementation projects in Asia, Europe and Africa for various international organisations including the OECD, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other NGOs.

From 1995-98 he worked in Paris for the Fiscal Affairs Division of the OECD where he was involved in technical assistance and training projects for Governments and officials from developing countries. He has worked on tax reform projects in Albania, Bulgaria, China, the SAR of Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Lesotho, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Slovenia, and been involved in tax reform projects with officials from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Vietnam.

In Australia, he has been commissioned to undertake projects by the Australian Taxation Office, the Board of Taxation and the Australian National Audit Office. He is regularly involved in consultations with government on the development, design and implementation of tax reform measures.


  • –present
    Professor, Taxation law, University of Sydney


  • 1997 
    Columbia University School of Law, J.S.D
  • 1986 
    University of Illinois College of Law, LL.M
  • 1985 
    University of Sydney, LL.M
  • 1980 
    University of Sydney, LL.B
  • 1978 
    University of Sydney, B.A