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
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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

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. Heidelberg: 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.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Approaches to the Debt/Equity Distinction. 24th Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference 2012, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Australia's Proposed Unrelated Commercial Activities Tax: Lessons from the U.S. UBIT. Joint Oxford Sydney Conference 2012, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Fiscal Planning for Chaos. Socio-Legal Norms in Preventing and Managing Disasters in Japan 2012: Sydney Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Is There an Asian Tax Community? Conference on Commercial Law Reform in Asia 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Is There an Asian Tax Community? 9th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference 2012 -Law: An Asian Identity?, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Taxation of Not-for-Profit Commercial Activity. New South Wales Young Lawyers Tax Law Committee Meeting - March 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2011). Novel Treaty-Based Approaches to Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes. Building an Asia-Pacific Community Seminar 2011: Economic, Security and Socio-Political Dimensions - Sydney Centre for International Law, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2011). US Debt/Equity Rules. Capturing Substance - Conflicting Visions of the Debt-Equity Divide 2011: Ross Parsons Centre, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2009). A Harmonized Tax Response to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Phenomenon: Considerations and Challenges. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Governance & Regulation 2009: Asian Society of International Law, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2009). National Funding for the Arts, IRC §501(c)(3), and the Tyranny of the Status Quo. Global Centers of Excellence (GCOE) Tax Law Colloquium 2009: Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2009). Tax Litigation: Choice of Forum. Beasley School of Law 2009: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2007). Moderator: The Internationalization of Sports. Vanderbilt Speaker Series 2007: New York University School of Law, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.
  • Burch, M., Scalia, A. (1996). Panellist: Judicial Politics. Tohoku University 1996, Sendai, Japan: 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. Heidelberg: 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. (2012). Approaches to the Debt/Equity Distinction. 24th Australasian Tax Teachers Association Conference 2012, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • 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. (2012). Australia's Proposed Unrelated Commercial Activities Tax: Lessons from the U.S. UBIT. Joint Oxford Sydney Conference 2012, Australia: University of Sydney Law School.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Fiscal Planning for Chaos. Socio-Legal Norms in Preventing and Managing Disasters in Japan 2012: Sydney Law School, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Is There an Asian Tax Community? Conference on Commercial Law Reform in Asia 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Is There an Asian Tax Community? 9th Asian Law Institute (ASLI) Conference 2012 -Law: An Asian Identity?, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2012). Taxation of Not-for-Profit Commercial Activity. New South Wales Young Lawyers Tax Law Committee Meeting - March 2012, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

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.
  • Burch, M. (2011). Novel Treaty-Based Approaches to Resolving Tax Treaty Disputes. Building an Asia-Pacific Community Seminar 2011: Economic, Security and Socio-Political Dimensions - Sydney Centre for International Law, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2011). US Debt/Equity Rules. Capturing Substance - Conflicting Visions of the Debt-Equity Divide 2011: Ross Parsons Centre, Sydney, NSW: Presentation.

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.

2009

  • Burch, M. (2009). A Harmonized Tax Response to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Phenomenon: Considerations and Challenges. Sovereign Wealth Funds - Governance & Regulation 2009: Asian Society of International Law, Singapore: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2009). National Funding for the Arts, IRC §501(c)(3), and the Tyranny of the Status Quo. Global Centers of Excellence (GCOE) Tax Law Colloquium 2009: Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan: Presentation.
  • Burch, M. (2009). Tax Litigation: Choice of Forum. Beasley School of Law 2009: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA: Presentation.

2007

  • Burch, M. (2007). Moderator: The Internationalization of Sports. Vanderbilt Speaker Series 2007: New York University School of Law, New York, NY, USA: Presentation.

1996

  • Burch, M., Scalia, A. (1996). Panellist: Judicial Politics. Tohoku University 1996, Sendai, Japan: Presentation.

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