Mr Micah Burch

JD (cum laude) (Harvard) AB (magna cum laude) (Prin)
Senior Lecturer

F10 - Law School (Camperdown)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0462
Fax +61 2 9351 0200

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Biographical details

Micah Burch joined Sydney Law School in 2010. From 2006 to 2009 he was a member of the faculty at the New York University School of Law. Before academia, Micah helped launch an independent book publishing house specialising in translations of popular Japanese fiction and non-fiction and also practiced tax law at large firms in New York City. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1999 after studying in Japan as a Fulbright Fellow, and received his undergraduate degree (in East Asian Studies) magna cum laude from Princeton in 1995.

Research interests

  • Income taxation
  • Tax Policy
  • Taxation of charities
  • Tax administration
  • Tax jurisprudence
  • Constitutional law
  • US law
  • Intersection of culture and (income) tax law

Teaching and supervision

  • Foundations of Law
  • Australian Income Tax
  • Advanced Taxation Law
  • Principles of US Tax
  • Law of Not-for-Profits

Conference papers and seminar presentations

  • Burch, M, 'Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Australia' presented at Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Global Theory and Practice, London School of Economics, Department of Law, 22 February 2013
  • Burch, M, 'Is There an Asian Tax Community?', University of Sydney and University of Hawaii conference Commercial Law Reform in Asia, Sydney Law School, 3 August 2012
  • Burch, M, 'Is There an Asian Tax Community?', Asian Law Institute 9th Annual Conference Law: An Asian Identity?, National University of Singapore, 1 June 2012
  • Burch, M, 'Australia’s Proposed Unrelated Commercial Activities Tax: Lessons from the U.S. UBIT', Oxford-Sydney Joint Tax Law Research Conference, Sydney Law School, 31 March 2012
  • Burch, M, 'Taxation of Not-for-Profit Commercial Activity', New South Wales Young Lawyers Tax Law Committee meeting, Sydney, 29 March 2012
  • Burch, M, 'Fiscal Planning for Chaos' presented at Socio-Legal Norms in Preventing and Managing Disasters in Japan, Sydney Law School, 1 March 2012
  • Burch, M, 'Approaches to the Debt/Equity Distinction', Australasian Tax Teachers Association conference, Tax Change: Convergence or Divergence, University of Sydney, 18 January 2012
  • Burch, M, 'US Debt/Equity Rules', Ross Parsons Centre discussion Capturing Substance – Conflicting Visions of the Debt-Equity Divide, Sydney Law School, 28 October 2011
  • Burch, M, 'Novel Treaty-Based Approaches to Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes', Sydney Centre for International Law seminar Building an Asia-Pacific Community: Economic, Security and Socio-Political Dimensions, University of Sydney, 30 August 2011
  • Burch, M, ‘A Harmonized Tax Response to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Phenomenon: Considerations and Challenges’ presented at Sovereign Wealth Funds - Governance & Regulation, Asian Society of International Law , National University of Singapore, 10 September 2009
  • Burch, M, ‘Tax Litigation: Choice of Forum’ Lecture, Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 16 April 2009
  • Burch, M, ‘National Funding for the Arts, IRC §501(c)(3), and the Tyranny of the Status Quo’ presented at Tokyo University GCOE Tax Law Colloquium, 10 February 2009
  • Burch, M, ‘The Internationalization of Sports’, Moderator, Vanderbilt Speaker Series, New York University School of Law, 23 February 2007
  • Burch, M,’ Judicial Politics’, Panelist (with U.S. Supreme Court Justice A. Scalia), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, 23 March 1996

Selected grants

2010

  • Fostering A Common Culture in Cross-Border Dispute Resolution: Australia, Japan and the Asia-Pacific; Nottage L, Williams B, Burch M; Australia-Japan Foundation/Grant Program.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Burch, M. (2014). Sample Exam Questions and Answers: Income Tax Law. In Richard Krever (Eds.), Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques - 8th Edition, (pp. 232-241). Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Burch, M. (2014). Tax Policy and Chaos: War, Disaster, and the Role of the Tax System. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives, (pp. 267-277). Germany: Springer.

Journals

  • Burch, M., Nottage, L., Williams, B. (2012). Appropriate Treaty-Based Dispute Resolution for Asia-Pacific Commerce in the 21st Century. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 35(3), 1013-1043.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Australia's Proposed Unrelated Commercial Activities Tax: Lessons from the U.S. UBIT. Australasian Tax Teachers Association. Journal, 7(1), 21-30.
  • Burch, M., Nottage, L. (2011). Novel Treaty-Based Approaches to Resolving International Investment and Tax Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region. Australian International Law Journal, 18, 127-140.
  • Burch, M. (2010). National Funding for the Arts and Internal Revenue Code §501(C)(3). Florida State University Law Review, 37(2), 303-336.

Conferences

  • Burch, M. (2013). Income Sans Frontiers: International Taxation of Truly Stateless Income. The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (SLS) 2013, Edingburgh, Scotland: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2013). Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Australia. Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Global Theory and Practice 2013, London, England: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2013). The Territorial Scope of Tax Treaties. Munich-Sydney Conference on the Law and Economics of Taxation 2013, Munich, Germany: Presentation.

2014

  • Burch, M. (2014). Sample Exam Questions and Answers: Income Tax Law. In Richard Krever (Eds.), Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques - 8th Edition, (pp. 232-241). Australia: LexisNexis.
  • Burch, M. (2014). Tax Policy and Chaos: War, Disaster, and the Role of the Tax System. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nasu, Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Perspectives, (pp. 267-277). Germany: Springer.

2013

  • Burch, M. (2013). Income Sans Frontiers: International Taxation of Truly Stateless Income. The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (SLS) 2013, Edingburgh, Scotland: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2013). Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Australia. Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes: Global Theory and Practice 2013, London, England: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2013). The Territorial Scope of Tax Treaties. Munich-Sydney Conference on the Law and Economics of Taxation 2013, Munich, Germany: Presentation.

2012

  • Burch, M., Nottage, L., Williams, B. (2012). Appropriate Treaty-Based Dispute Resolution for Asia-Pacific Commerce in the 21st Century. University of New South Wales Law Journal, 35(3), 1013-1043.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Australia's Proposed Unrelated Commercial Activities Tax: Lessons from the U.S. UBIT. Australasian Tax Teachers Association. Journal, 7(1), 21-30.

2011

  • Burch, M., Nottage, L. (2011). Novel Treaty-Based Approaches to Resolving International Investment and Tax Disputes in the Asia-Pacific Region. Australian International Law Journal, 18, 127-140.

2010

  • Burch, M. (2010). National Funding for the Arts and Internal Revenue Code §501(C)(3). Florida State University Law Review, 37(2), 303-336.

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