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City, University of London, 5-6 July 2017

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. 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.

This year, the conference will be highlighting papers that focus on the following topics:

  • The race to the bottom in tax and financial regulation

    • 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

Preliminary programme (as of May 2017)

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: Vera Mshana (Ford) – tbc

  • 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:

  1. 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 Trautvetter Topic: Evaluations of international progress since 2008, and the outlook today

  1. 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 (CORPNET) 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

18h00: Pre-premiere buffet for speakers and Tax Justice Network staff, Frontline Club

19h00: Premiere of new tax justice documentary film:

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

(if you’re not a speaker at this conference please do get your ticket quickly here to avoid disappointment)

Followed by Q&A panel: tbc

Venue: The Frontline Club, Marylebone

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
  • 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 – 15h00 Session Seven: The Race to the Bottom II

Chair: Nick Shaxson (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
  • Philip Reed Do Tax Incentives “Sweeten” the deal-making in development?

15h00 – 15h30 Coffee / tea break

15h30 – 16h30 Parallel Session Eight:

  1. 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?

  1. 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 etc

16h30 – 17h30 Session Nine: Panel debate: Tax transparency: Should corporate tax returns be public?

Moderator: Charles Abugre (Tax Justice Network)

Presenter: Prem Sikka (AABA)

Respondents: tbc, including Richard Murphy (City)

17h30 – 18h00 Closing session

Queries about the conference should be directed to: fariya@taxjustice.net

For press access, please contact: media@taxjustice.net

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