Doctor John Azzi

Doctor John Azzi

School of Law


Dr John Azzi joined Western Sydney University in July 2010 after having practised as a barrister in Sydney for almost 10 years. His areas of practice included appellate advocacy, administrative and immigration law, commercial law, personal injury law and taxation law. Prior to joining the Bar, John worked as a tax adviser with Deloittes, Sydney; a Senior Research Associate with the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam and was engaged as a consultant with the Australian Taxation Office where he was also a member of its Litigation Panel. John taught tax law at UNSW (ATAX) and UWS (1993-1995), Robert Kennedy College, Zurich (1998-2004) and the International Tax Academy, Amsterdam (1996-1998). Dr Azzi has also presented papers at important international inter-disciplinary conferences. John was awarded a doctor of juridical studies (SJD) from the University of Sydney in 1997. His thesis compared the operation of Australia's newly introduced controlled foreign company (CFC) regime with the US and New Zealand equivalents.

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  • SJD University of Sydney
  • LLB University of Sydney
  • BEc University of Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • CTA (Taxation Institute of Australia) (1989)
  • New South Wales Bar Association (2018 - 2018)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


Phone: (02) 9685 9452
Location: EKA.G.05

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Current Teaching Areas

  • 200187 Taxation Law
  • 200186 Advanced Taxation Law


Journal Articles

  • Azzi, J. (2018), 'The binding rulings regime and the assessment process', Australian Bar Review, vol 45, no 2 , pp 163 - 182.
  • Azzi, J. (2018), 'Impact of the OECD Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting on the taxation of fiscally transparent entities under the Australia-UK Double Tax Agreement', British Tax Review, vol 5 , pp 556 - 588.
  • Azzi, J. (2017), 'Avoiding unfairness : a case for estopping the Commissioner of Taxation', Australian Tax Review, vol 2017, no 46 , pp 242 - 270.
  • Azzi, J. (2016), 'Practical injustice in the context of private tax rulings', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol 39, no 3 , pp 1096 - 1126.
  • Azzi, J. (2015), 'Limiting abuse of administrative power and enhancing economic welfare', Taxation in Australia, vol 49, no 9 , pp 544 - 546.
  • Azzi, J. (2015), 'Domestic Legislation and Australia's International Obligations', The Law Quarterly Review, vol 131 , pp 525 - 531.
  • Azzi, J. (2015), 'The High Court has an opportunity to reverse the dangerous and unwise precedent set by the Federal Court in FCT v Macoun', Revenue Law Journal, vol 25, no 1 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Azzi, J. (2011), 'Prosecuting Court-Appointed Liquidators in Non-Appointing Courts: A case for overturning outdated law', Monash University Law Review, vol 37, no 2 .
  • Azzi, J. (2011), 'Judicial Review of the Accountants' Concession: A case for improving tax administration and accountability', Revenue Law Journal, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Azzi, J. (2004), 'Plaintiff's Rights of Recovery not Extinguished', Law Society Journal, vol 42, no 8 , pp 56 - 59.
  • Azzi, J. (2003), 'Challenging transfer pricing determination in light of Daihatsu', Tax Specialist, vol 7, no 2 , pp 69 - 82.

Conference Papers

  • Azzi, J. (2019), 'Preserving the constitutional function of courts and increasing confidence in the tax system : time to re-consider Futuris', Australasian Tax Teachers Association. Annual Conference, Perth, W. A..
  • Azzi, J. (2016), 'Estopping the Commissioner of Taxation to ensure administrative accountability', Australian Institute of Administrative Law. Conference, Brisbane, Qld..

John's current research interests in general include immigration and taxation laws. Specifically, accountability and efficiency in administrative decision-making and investigating the benefits of establishing an International Tax Court to arbitrate and settle international tax disputes between multinational taxpayers and sovereign states. 

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