Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Call For Papers: Australian Tax Review Symposium On New Voices In Tax Reform

Monash University (Australia), Critical Junctures/Critical Perspectives – A Call For New Voices in Tax Reform:

Monash[T]he impact of COVID-19 on fiscal systems worldwide is exactly the type of crisis often thought necessary to precipitate major tax reform.

At such a critical juncture, it is essential to open the discussion of tax reform to new voices and new perspectives. The technical subject matter of taxation (and the general public apathy towards this perceived technical detail) means that certain groups and epistemic communities can dominate tax policy formation, development and implementation. This is despite the stakes being so high – taxation is one of the primary means to address wealth and income inequality in a political system that is tied to a market-based economy.

This symposium seeks to open the debate on reform to new voices and new perspectives that are able to challenge the status quo. It invites papers from scholars from all disciplines (for example, law, politics, economics, sociology) to offer critical perspectives on taxation. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The role of taxation in addressing wealth and income inequality
  • Taxation and gender inequality
  • The differential impact of tax policy on marginalised groups such as Indigenous people, migrant and refugee communities and LGBTIQ+ groups
  • The role of taxation in addressing environmental issues.

The symposium will be hosted online from Melbourne and be held from 15-16 July 2021. Eligible participants will be invited to submit their written papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the Australian Tax Review in 2022.

The symposium offers the opportunity for scholars from diverse disciplines to be paired to respond to a common issue. Scholars might choose to do so themselves through submitting a joint abstract or express an interest in being paired with a scholar from another discipline when they submit their abstract. In the latter case, an effort will be made (subject to constraints) to link scholars whose abstracts are accepted with others who may wish to, and be suitable to, collaborate on the topic. Papers from early career scholars and people from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are especially welcome to apply.

Enquiries and abstracts of no more than a page should be submitted to The deadline for submission of abstracts is 7 March 2021.

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