University of Wisconsin–Madison

Charles Irish

Sherwood R. Volkman-Bascom Distinguished Teaching Professor of Law Emeritus

Irish, Charles

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J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
B.A., Columbia University

Teaching Areas:
International Tax Law
International Trade Law
Law & Development

Research Interests:
Tax reform
International economic law and policies


Charles R. Irish is the Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law (emeritus) and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center (emeritus). Within the University of Wisconsin, Professor Irish is no longer actively teaching, although he does continue as the advisor of LLM and SJD candidates. In Asia, Professor Irish teaches courses in international tax and an introduction to US laws and legal institutions in an intensive format. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish has traveled to about 80 countries and done extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He also was of counsel with the Madison law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP for over 20 year where he worked on domestic and international tax issues.

Professor Irish's research interests focus on international taxation, trade policies and U.S. laws affecting international business. He has written many articles and monographs on international taxation, and trade policies.Outside of his work, Professor Irish enjoys golf, woodworking, hunting, fishing, and swimming. He just finished a major woodworking project with his grandson, which was a fascinating learning experience for them both.  His latest passions are ocean kayaking, which he refers to as "surfing for old people" and saltwater flyfishing.

Professor Irish has a B.A. degree from Columbia University, with a major in economics, and a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He also has an honorary doctorate in law degree from Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia, has received special awards from Thammasat University in Bangkok and the Shanghai Municipal Government, and is an honorary citizen of Shanghai's Minhang District.

Professor Irish is married to Anne V. Irish and they have two children. It is a special joy to him that both of his children graduated from the UW Law School and now have successful careers - one in Madison and the other in Taipei. His wife, who is a retired bookseller, sometimes wonders how she had the misfortune to wind up in a family with three lawyers.