Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Brooks: The International Tax System Is There To Achieve Justice

Kim Brooks (Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law; Google Scholar), The International Tax System Is There to Achieve Justice (JOTWELL) (reviewing Allison Christians (McGill; Google Scholar) & Laurens van Apeldoorn (Open University, the Netherlands), Tax Cooperation in an Unjust World (2021)):

Jotwell (2019)I love everything about this book book, Tax Cooperation in an Unjust World, by Allison Christians and Laurens van Apeldoorn. It’s short, it’s readable, there’s no mystery about the point (and the authors don’t belabour it), and it’s important.

The main claim: our international tax system has justice at its heart. And when we fail to attend to its justice consequences, we enable states with great wealth to “facilitate[] and feed[] off continued human suffering.” (P. 1.)

This book is an important contribution to the international tax literature and more broadly to the tax justice and human rights justice literatures. There is a small section near the end of Chapter 6 where the authors reply to possible critique, but it’s hard to imagine anyone could have one.

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