Adam Parachin

Associate Professor
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BA (High Distinction)(Toronto), LLB (Osgoode), LLM (Toronto), of the Bar of Ontario

Professor Adam Parachin teaches and researches in the areas of charity, trust, property and personal income tax law.  His research specialization in charity law is concerned with the various ways the law defines and celebrates charity – defined as “doing good by others”.  His publications in the field are generally concerned with three questions raised this formulation of charity:  What constitutes “doing good”?  Who qualifies as an “other”?  How and why does the law affirm, incentivize and promote the voluntary choice to do good by others?

Prior to joining Osgoode Hall, Professor Parachin was an associate professor at the Faculty of Law at Western University, where he began teaching in 2004.  While at Western University, he was a three-time recipient of the Professor of the Year Award and eight-time recipient of the Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence.

Professor Parachin’s research was awarded the Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award by the Canadian Tax Foundation.  He is also a past recipient of a SSHRC Insight Grant for a multi-year project dealing with the income tax treatment of charitable gifts.

Professor Parachin is active in professional and public education.  He is an Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University.  In addition, he is a board member (and writer) for the Pemsel Case Foundation – a charitable foundation established to study and advance the common law of charity.  He is also a member of the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charity Directorate Technical Issues Working Group.

Research Interests: Charity law, Estates Law, Trust Law, Property Law, Personal Income Tax Law, Human Rights in Private Law

Graduate Research Supervision (LLM, PhD): Professor Adam Parachin is willing to supervise graduate students in his core areas of research, estates, trusts, charities and personal income tax. His current and recent research projects examine the legal definition and regulation of "charity". He is also interested in the interaction of public law and private law, specifically in relation to "public policy" limitations on trusts and estates. He is active in continuing legal education programs for members of the bar. He is able to supervise doctrinal and theoretical methodological approaches.