Centre for Commercial Law Studies

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

Lecturer in International Tax Law

Email: s.b.schneider@qmul.ac.uk
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Schneider is a lecturer in International Tax Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Director of the LLM in Tax Law and LLM Research Director. He teaches international, US and Chinese taxation and Chinese business law.

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, the taxation of individuals, tax law as public law and the US and Chinese tax systems.

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 an Advanced Certificate in China Studies from Columbia University's East Asian Institute. He studied Chinese at the Mandarin Training Centre 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
  • Tax law as public law
  • US taxation
  • Chinese taxation
  • Immigration and nationality law.


Dr Schneider welcomes proposals for PhD supervision in the areas of international and comparative, Chinese and US taxation.

PhD Students

  • Martin John Harty
  • Yavuz Selim Sönmez
  • Vasiliki Koukoulioti.

Public Engagement

Conferences (Selected)

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Discussant on two panels at the Double Tax Treaties Forum, Faculty of Finance and Accounting, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, 16 October 2015.

Quoted In (Selected)

  • Stephanie Soong Johnston, 'Experts Question Accuracy of New York Times Story on Chinese Taxation' (21 January 2015) 2015 Worldwide Tax Daily 13-4
  • William Hoke, 'Chinese Local Governments to Honor Most Tax Incentive Deals' (14 May 2015) 2015 Worldwide Tax Daily 93-3
  • William Hoke, 'Chinese Premier Reiterates Need to Fold Business Tax Into VAT Regime' (26 January 2016) 2016 Worldwide Tax Daily 16-8.