Adam S. Hofri-Winogradow

PhD (Oxford), MA (Tel Aviv), LLB (Tel Aviv), BMus (Berklee), TEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners)

  • 1822 East Mall, Peter A. Allard School of Law

    V6T 1Z1 Vancouver


Personal profile


Adam Hofri obtained his DPhil from Oxford in 2007, specializing in trusts and legal history. Earlier he obtained a BMus in electronic music production from Berklee College of Music and an MA in intellectual history. He also graduated from law school and was a clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel. Having been teaching law since 2007, Adam joined the Allard School of Law on January 2023.


Both Adam's research and teaching have long focused on trusts, including comparative doctrinal treatments of trust law topics, empirical studies of the ways trusts are used in practice by different sorts of clients, studies of many jurisdictions' recent dramatic reforms to their law of trusts, looking to make that law alternately client- and practitioner-friendly, historical and socio-legal accounts of the development of trust law and practice in England and Palestine/Israel, and theoretical accounts of the social and economic functions trusts fulfil, including as a tool for subverting other parts of the law. 


Adam's research has been quoted and relied on by social justice organizations such as the Tax Justice Network and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. It has also been quoted and relied on in the global media, including the Washington Post, the Miami Herald, the Irish Times, and El Pais. Adam's teaching has focused on trusts, corporations and comparative law; he has also been a patient scholar of tax, with an emphasis on trusts taxation. A winner of several research grants including a SSHRC grant, Adam has delivered talks at the EU Parliament, the Danish Parliament, and to senior administrators of Scandinavian tax authorities.


Adam has taught, as visiting Professor, at the law schools of the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, the University of British Columbia, Western Ontario University, and the Center for Transnational Legal Studies, London. He has also served as Martin Flynn Global Law Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Adam is a member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP) and of the Estate Planning Council of Vancouver. He has long cultivated both an internal (doctrinal and practical) and an external (critical) perspective on the law and practice of trusts. 


Adam would like to grow a new generation of trusts researchers. He welcomes inquiries by prospective research students interested in registering for research degrees (LLM or PhD) and authoring a thesis or dissertation in the trusts and equity field.


Professional Affiliations

  • Allard School of Law
  • Centre for Business Law


  • Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Civil Law
  • Comparative and Foreign Law
  • Law and Society
  • Legal History
  • Property Law and Real Estate
  • Tax Law
  • Estates and Trusts
  • State and Local Government Law