Arvind Sabu

Arvind Sabu
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 815
Chicago, IL 60661


  • LL.M., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
  • M.A., Columbia University
  • B.A., Amherst College


Arvind Sabu examines the interplay among taxation, technology, and inequality. He works on the ways in which new technological architectures challenge and present opportunities for the operation of the tax system.

He takes a particular interest in the taxation of cryptocurrency, and has a forthcoming article on bitcoin and tax compliance in the Saint Louis University Law Journal. Sabu will also present on issues at the intersection of taxation and blockchain at the symposium of the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy.

Sabu worked on tax and technology matters as a tax associate at the Palo Alto, California, office of Baker McKenzie. He did extensive tax policy work regarding the appropriate taxation of remotely delivered digital goods and services, in addition to a broad range of international tax projects. After his time at Baker McKenzie, Sabu clerked for Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  

Sabu received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was executive editor of the California Law Review and articles editor of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. He externed for Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court and Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Sabu received his M.A. from Columbia University and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Amherst College, where he won first place in the Moseley Prize for excellence in a thesis concerning religion. In January 2020, Sabu earned his LL.M. with honors from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. 

Selected Publications

Reframing Bitcoin and Tax Compliance, 64 Saint Louis University Law Journal  ___ (forthcoming 2020).