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2016 Tax Justice and Human Rights Essay Competition

Posted by Ben Wheatland at Jan 27, 2016 04:13 PM |
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Oxfam and the Tax Justice Network are joining together to launch a tax justice and human rights essay competition for legal students and professionals. Tax justice is rising up the human rights agenda, and they want to hear how human rights law can be used in the fight against tax dodging.

International tax dodging by multinational corporations and wealthy elites costs countries both rich and poor billions of dollars a year in lost revenues. Substantial damage is done to human rights through the use of tax havens, the opacity of corporate accounting, the manipulation of trade prices and the disguising of beneficial ownership. 

What to do

Oxfam and the Tax Justice Network are inviting 3,500-word complaints to identify the plaintiffs, defendants, remedies sought, and arguments that are considered enforceable in an existing legal forum. The complaints could form the basis of effective advice to developing countries, or to groups of citizens in countries at any income level who have suffered.

The competition launched on Tuesday 26th January, and will be judged by a panel of eminent lawyers chaired by Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, a Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) who from 2008 to 2014 was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

The winners will be announced in March 2016, and will be invited to present their work at the Tax Justice Network’s annual research workshop held at City University, London, on 28-29 April 2016, which this year takes the theme ‘Corruption and Tax Havens’.

For more information on the competition, please click here

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