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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Dr Bernard Schneider, BA, JD, LLM (Taxation), MIA, PhD


Senior Lecturer in International Tax Law

Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Schneider is Senior Lecturer in International Tax Law, Academic Director of the Institute of Tax Law and Director of the International Tax Law LLM at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. He teaches international and comparative, US and Chinese taxation.

Dr Schneider wrote his PhD thesis on the development of the Chinese income tax system. His main research interests are in the areas of international and comparative tax law, tax policy and administration, taxation in emerging and developing countries, the US and Chinese tax systems and the taxation of individuals.

Dr Schneider graduated from the New York University School of Law with a JD and an LLM in Taxation, and he holds an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Certificate in Chinese Studies from Columbia University's East Asian Institute.  He studied Chinese at the Mandarin Training Center of the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and at Capital Normal University in Beijing.  He is fully proficient in Mandarin Chinese and can read and write traditional and simplified characters.

Prior to completing his thesis, Dr Schneider practised in New York, China and the United Kingdom, primarily in the areas of international and US taxation.


Research Interests:

Key research interests include:

  • International and comparative tax law
  • Tax policy and administration
  • Taxation of individuals
  • Taxation in emerging and developing countries
  • US taxation
  • Chinese taxation
  • Immigration and nationality law.


Dr Schneider welcomes proposals for PhD supervision in the areas of tax policy, tax administration, taxation in emerging and developing countries and the taxation of individuals.

PhD Students

  • Martin John Harty
  • Yavuz Selim Sönmez
  • Vasiliki Koukoulioti
  • Yanzhe Li

Public Engagement

Conferences and Panels (Selected)

  • Panellist on panel on Value Creation in Video Games and International Taxation, Interactive Entertainment Law Review Volume 3 Issue 2 Online Launch Event, 3 February 2021
  • Panel chair and discussant on panel at Conference on Addressing Tax Challenges in a Global Digital Environment, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, 21-22 July 2018
  • Discussant on two panels at the Double Tax Treaties Forum, Faculty of Finance and Accounting, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, 16 October 2015
  • Presented keynote speech 'The Case for Residence Based Taxation' at the Conference on the Taxation of Americans Abroad in the 21st Century, St Michael's College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2 May 2014
  • Presented 'What Can the Chinese Tax System Tell Us About the Rule of Law in China?' at the European China Law Studies Conference, Oxford, United Kingdom, 19 September 2013

Quoted In (Selected)

  • William Hoke, 'China's "Social Credit" Rating System Could Harm Foreign Firms' (30 September 2019) 95 Tax Notes International 1411
  • William Hoke, 'Government Accelerates Plan to Fold Business Tax Into VAT Regime' (1 February 2016) 81 Tax Notes International Notes 404
  • William Hoke, 'Local Governments to Honor Most Tax Incentive Deals' (18 May 2015) 78 Tax Notes International 607
  • Stephanie Soong Johnston, 'Accuracy of NY Times Story on Chinese Taxation Disputed' (26 January 2015) 77 Tax Notes International 299