Alex Cobham ■ Tax justice annual conference: Call for papers and registration


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City University London, 5-6 July 2017

Tax justice stands at a crossroads. After a period of sustained but partial progress, 2017 brings with it a strong risk of deterioration. In this year’s annual conference we will:

  • evaluate the extent of recent advances in international financial transparency and against tax evasion and avoidance
  • look ahead to the policy earthquakes likely to be wrought by the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the USA’s election of President Trump, given that the UK is at the head of the biggest global secrecy network, and the USA is potentially the biggest threat to progress
  • discuss the position of lower-income countries which are more powerfully mobilised on tax justice issues than ever before, with Ecuador’s leadership of the G77 directed to the creation of a globally representative, intergovernmental tax body. Coupled with instability in the relationships between key high-income countries, this leaves the OECD’s effective role as the international rule-setter more uncertain than for many years.

Co-organised by the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs (AABA),  City, University of London (CityPERC), and the Tax Justice Network (TJN),  this is the latest in an annual event series dating back to 2003. The events bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and their researchers, government and international organisation officials. And of course, this is open to concerned citizens everywhere. All are welcome.  The purpose is to facilitate research, open-minded debate and discussion, and to generate ideas and proposals to inform and shape political initiatives and mobilisation.

Call for papers

Papers and abstracts are now sought on all aspects of tax justice. The organisers wish in particular to encourage papers that address the following areas:

-The race to the bottom in tax and financial regulation, including

  • Analysis of the current US corporate tax and other reforms
  • The Brexit tax haven threat, and EU response
  • Tax incentives and corporate tax rate competition within regions

-Feminist perspectives/gendered analysis on tax justice and its role in social progress

-Blacklisting of ‘tax havens’ – the evolution of policy approaches, and results

-Evaluations of international progress since 2008, and the outlook today

The deadline for submission of abstracts (maximum 300 words) is 24 March 2017. Please send to Fariya Mohiuddin [email protected] The decisions of the organising committee are expected to be communicated by 7 April 2017 and the deadline for submission of full papers (5,000-10,000 words) for accepted authors is 8 June 2017.

Register here:

There is a small charge for attendance and refreshments during the two days. Participants are usually expected to finance their own travel, although applications from students and others with limited means for bursary support will be considered. More information about this workshop is available from: [email protected]

Please do promote the event to your networks and within your organisations. Here’s a pdf version of the call for papers to print or circulate.

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