Saturday, October 22, 2011



Call for Papers for a Workshop on

Essex University, 5-6 July 2012

The 2012 research workshop co-organised by the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs and the Tax Justice Network, will explore connections between tax avoidance, corruption and crisis. The themes that might be explored within this remit are wide, potentially including issues such as how tax avoidance harms progressive tax systems, distorts markets and infringes human rights; the role of financial professionals in promoting financial and legal secrecy; and how secrecy jurisdictions have contributed to economic, financial, political and social crises around the world.

Other related themes are likely to emerge as the workshop programme develops.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials to explore issues on these and related themes. The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate research through open-minded debate and discussion, and to generate ideas and proposals to inform and shape the political initiatives and campaigns already under way.

There will be a small charge for attendance at the Workshop. Participants are usually expected to finance their own travel although applications from students and others with limited means for bursary support will be considered. Accommodation at Essex University will be available at modest cost.

Anyone interested in participating should provide details of the nature of their interest, affiliations and any relevant research or publications to:
John Christensen, Tax Justice Network International Secretariat, john (at)

Offers of papers are especially welcome and early submission is encouraged since applicants have exceeded available spaces in recent years. Any submissions will be actively considered by the organising committee which comprises:

• John Christensen (Tax Justice Network)
• Jo Marie Griesgraber (New Rules for Global Finance)
• Prem Sikka (Essex University)
• Richard Murphy (Tax Research LLP)
• Ronen Palan (Birmingham University)
• Sol Picciotto (Lancaster University)


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