Alex Cobham ■ Tax Justice Annual Conference 2017, 5-6 July: Final Programme






City, University of London, 5-6 July 2017

The Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs (AABA), City, University of London (CityPERC), and the Tax Justice Network (TJN), are delighted to confirm the programme for next week’s annual conference – 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. 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.

Registration (last few places)

There is a small charge for attendance and refreshments during the two days. For more information contact: [email protected] 

Final Programme

DAY ONE – 5 July 2017


08h30 – 09h00                            Registration and coffee


09h00 – 09h30               Welcome, introductions and framing: Global tax justice at a crossroads

Anastasia Nesvetailova (Director, CITYPERC)

Alex Cobham (Chief Executive, Tax Justice Network)                                   


09h30 – 11h00 Session One: Tax Justice for Human Rights

Chair: Kathleen Lahey (Queens University; Tax Justice Network)

Liz Nelson (Tax Justice Network)Tax justice for women’s rights: After Colombia
Sergio Chaparro Hernández (CESR)Global Tax Justice: A human rights approach
Frederik Heitmüller‘Our Tax System Should be…’ – Tracing the Evolution of Norms Guiding Tax Policy


11h00 – 11h30 Coffee


11h30 – 13h00             Session Two: International Progress I

Chair: Naomi Fowler (Tax Justice Network)

Rasmus Corlin Christensen (Copenhagen Business School)Professional Competition in Global Tax Reform: Tax Transparency in Global Wealth Chains
Martin Hearson (LSE)Transnational policy elites and the development of the international tax regime
Tovony Randriamanalina (Madagascar Revenue Authority)MNE profits’ allocation methodologies: how to make rules workable in developing countries?


13h00 – 14h00 Lunch


14h00 – 15h30  Parallel Session Three:

  • International Progress II

Chair: Andres Knobel (Tax Justice Network)

Celine Braumann (U. Wien)


The Evil Brother: Rethinking Redistribution through Indirect Tax
Wouter Lips; Dries Lesage (U. Ghent)TADAT: Institutional

Setup and Lessons for Future Initiatives

Christoph TrautvetterTopic: Evaluations of international progress since 2008, and the outlook today


  • Profit Shifting I

Chair: Sol Picciotto (BEPS Monitoring Group)

Mustapha Ndajiwo (FIRS)E-commerce: Innovation or Disruption? A Conundrum for Tax Policy
David Quentin (King’s/QMUL)Unitary taxation by formulary apportionment of the entire value chain
Alexandra Readhead (U. Oxford)Legal and Institutional Responses to Profit Shifting by Mining Multinationals in South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania


15h30 – 16h00 Tea break


16h00 – 17h30 Session Four: Scale of Tax Injustice I

Chair: Alex Cobham (Tax Justice Network)

Maya Forstater (CGD)Tax justice at a crossroads: Getting beyond the illicit financial flows big numbers
Javier Garcia-Bernardo; Jan Fichtner; Eelke M. Heemskerk; Frank W. Takes


Uncovering Offshore Financial Centers: Conduits and Sinks

in the Global Corporate Ownership Network

Petr Janský (Charles U., Prague)Country-by-Country Reporting Data and Locations of European Banks’ Activities and Profits


Evening, 7pm start:      PREMIERE of documentary film: The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

                        Followed by Q&A Panel

                        Frontline Club: SOLD OUT (All speakers, staff, and board members who confirmed their attendance have a place at the canapes and drinks reception starting at 6pm, followed by the film – we’re sorry that there are no more places available)



DAY TWO – 6 July 2017


08h50 – 09h00 Welcome to day two

Prem Sikka (AABA) 


09h00 – 10h30 Session Five: The Race to the Bottom I

Chair: John Christensen (Tax Justice Network)

Saila N. Stausholm (Copenhagen Business School)Give us a break: The impact of tax holidays on developing countries *not for citation*
Henrique de Alencar (King’s)Tax competition in R&D policies: how Patent Boxes in industrialized countries promote a race to the bottom
Richard Murphy (City); Andrew Baker (SPERI)Tax spillovers: a new framework


10h30 – 11h00 Coffee / tea break


11h00 – 12h30 Session Six: Financial Secrecy I

Chair: Markus Meinzer (Tax Justice Network)

Moran Harari (Tax Justice Network)A comprehensive review of the Financial Secrecy Index: Findings and implications for FSI 2018
Lauri Finér; Antti Tokola (U. Helsinki)The revolution of automatic exchange of information: How is the information utilised and what are the impacts?
Juan E. Valerdi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata de Argentina)Blacklisting of ‘tax havens’ and evolution of policy approaches in 9 Latin American countries. Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvado, Peru, Nicaragua and Honduras


12h30 – 13h30 Lunch


13h30 – 14h30 Parallel Session Seven:  

  • The Race to the Bottom II

Chair: George Turner (Tax Justice Network)

Rose Bridger (Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement)Airport-linked special economic zones, aerotropolis projects and the race to the bottom
Julius Otusanya (U. Lagos) The Impact of Tax Dodging on Tax Justice in Developing Countries: Some Theory and Evidence
Toby Quantrill (ChristianAid)Tax Incentives: Money for Nothing?
  • Open Data for Tax Justice

Chair: Stephen Abbott Pugh (Open Knowledge International and #OD4TJ)

Hera Hussain and Zosia Sztykowski (OpenCorporates)Open Ownership: A new project to create a Global Beneficial Ownership Register
Anton Rühling (OpenOil)Financial modelling for tax gap analysis


14h30 – 15h30 Parallel Session Eight:

  • Financial Secrecy II

Chair: Horiana Secara (Tax Justice Network)


Paul Beckett (Synceritas)Beneficial Ownership of Companies – G20 High Level Principles – A Paper Tiger?
Maximilian Heywood (TI)Is the global anti-money laundering system fit for purpose?


  • Horizons

Chair: Cathy Cross (Tax Justice Network)

Paul Harnett; Laura Bannister (World Basic Income)Taking Tax To The Global Level: Combining Southern Initiatives To Create A World Basic Income
Henry Leveson-Gower (Promoting Economic Pluralism)The 10 Years After [the crisis] Campaign, and Pluralist Economics
Johan Langerock and Francis Weyzig (Oxfam Novib)How Oxfam identified the world’s worst corporate tax havens


15h30 – 16h00 Coffee / tea break


16h00 – 17h00 Session Nine: Panel debate: Tax transparency: Should corporate tax returns be public?

 ModeratorAlex Cobham (Tax Justice Network)
PresenterPrem Sikka (AABA)
RespondentsHera Hussain (OpenCorporates)

Krishen Mehta (Tax Justice Network)

Richard Murphy (City)


17h00 – 17h30 Closing session

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