Upcoming Seminars & Past Events

Upcoming Events

  • 2018 Annual Tax Lecture - Save the date - "Brexit vs globalisation: the economics of tax policy and the fragmentation of the income tax in the 21st century", Wednesday 22nd August 2018, 6pm - 7.30pm. With special guest Professor Peter Harris from the University of Cambridge. Professor Harris will also be teaching in the Melbourne Law School Masters in August 2018.

2017 - Past Events

  • Free Masterclass - "Tackling Climate Change through Carbon Taxes under WTO Law" with Professor Jennifer Hillman, former WTO Appellate Body Member. Tuesday 10th October, 1pm - 2pm. Find out more.
  • Tax Group Seminar - "Using New Zealand Trusts to Escape Other Countries' Taxes", by Professor Michael Littlewood. Thursday 7th September. See Information about the event and the Presentation Slides.
  • Tax Group Seminar - "International Organisations: Implementing Tax Reforms in Developing Countries", by Professor Lee Burns. Monday 1st May. Click here to see more about the event.
  • IFA/ Tax Group Seminar - "Taxpayer Rights". Monday 3rd April. Click here to see more about the event.

2016

  • Annual Tax Lecture 2016 - Wednesday 31st August at Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by Philip Baker QC, a barrister at Field Court Tax Chambers, Gray's Inn. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and Visiting Professor at Oxford University. Mr Baker's topic was "Can't tax; won't tax. Some Reflections on Jurisdiction to Impose and Collect Taxes". The lecture is not available.
  • VAT/GST Seminar - Wednesday 3rd August at the Federal Court of Australia. Presenters included Justice Dr Friederike Grube and Professor Rebecca Millar who spoke on "Jurisdiction of the ECJ about the right to deduct input-VAT and the principle of neutrality" and "How different is the Australian GST really?".
  • IFA / Tax Group Seminar - 25 July 2016 at the Melbourne Law School (MLS). MLS and IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar given by Mr Malcolm Gammie QC, a former tax partner at the city law firm Linklaters. The topic was "New Developments in UK International Tax: A Never Ending Story". He moved to the Bar in 1997 and took silk in 2002. His practice covers most aspects of UK commercial, EC and international taxation. He is a professor at Leiden University in The Netherlands and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He has taught UK international tax at Sydney University Law School since 2000. He sits part time as a tax tribunal judge.
  • Tax Soiree - Tuesday 17th May 2016 at Melbourne Law School. Presented by Mr Michael Evans who discussed recent develoments at the time regarding GST. Mr Evans is a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and retired taxation partner from KPMG having advised the Australian Government and large Corporations during his career. He is a sole practitioner and consultant and adviser in taxation design, policy and strategy. T
  • Tax Soiree- Tuesday 5th April 2016 at Melbourne Law School. Presented by Professor Peter Harris of the University of Cambridge, Director of the Centre for Tax Law. Mr Harris taught Comparative Corporate Tax at the Melbourne Law School in 2016. His primary academic interest is in international, corporate and comparative tax law, its history and development. He is a Fellow of and the Director of Studies in law at Churchill College. He is the author of five international tax books, the most recent being Corporate Tax Law (2013). He is the Academic Editor of the Cambridge Tax Law Series (CUP) and Assistant Editor (International) for the British Tax Review and a Technical Assistance Adviser for the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

2015

  • The 2015 Annual Tax Lecture was held on Wednesday 5 August at Melbourne Law School. The lecture was given by David Bloom QC, one of Australia's leading silks specialising in revenue and taxation. Mr Bloom spoke on "Tax Avoidance: A View from the Dark Side". Please click here for a copy of the speech.

2014

  • Annual Tax Lecture - August 2014. Presented by the Hon Chief Justice James Allsop, Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. His Honour presented a Lecture entitled "Federal Court and Tax: the Past, Present and Future".
  • IFA / Tax Group Seminar -  30th  July 2014 at  IFA Australia (Melbourne). Presented by Professor Flavio Rubinstein on "A BRICS Response to BEPS: The View from Brazil on International Tax Reform".
  • IFA / Tax Group - 28th May 2014 at IFA Australia (Melbourne). Presented by Mr Ethan Yale on "U.S. Cross-border Dividend Tax Withholding: Abuse and Countermeasures ".

2013

  • On 31 October 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar given by Professor Brian Arnold on "Recent Tax Treaty Developments: Thin Capitalisation, Abuse and UN Work on Services".
  • On 16 September 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar at KPMG given by Mr Malcolm Gammie CBE QC on "UK Responses to BEPS".
  • On 15 August 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar at KPMG given by Mr Greg Wood and Ms Lyn Redman on "Tax Treaty Developments".
  • On 31 July 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted the Annual Young IFA Network event held at Clayton Utz. Melbourne based young practitioners Ms Lillian Hong (KPMG) and Mr Craig Boyle (Clayton Utz) joined Professor David Rosenbloom (New York University) and Associate Professor Wei Cui (China University of Political Science and Law) to discuss the topic "Cross-Border Tax and Investment Issues for an Australia-China-US Transaction".
  • Tax Group Conference - "Tax Avoidance in the 21st Century" - Friday 17th May 2013. The conference was opened by the Hon David Bradbury, Assistant Treasurer, and dealt with important issues such as: the nature of tax avoidance including tax avoidance by multinationals; designing and implementing a GAAR - experience from abroad; and the role of the revenue and the judiciary in dealing with tax avoidance. The conference was supported by the Oxford/Melbourne Law School Partnership funded by Mr Allan Myers AO QC.
  • On 22 April 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a panel event presented by Mr Terry Murphy SC, Mr Piotr Klank and Dr Michael Littlewood on the topic "The Evolution of Tax Havens, Exchange of Information and Tax Treaties.
  • On 26 March 2013 IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar given by Professor Michael Tumpel from the University of Linz (Austria) on "European Financial Transaction Tax: How are Australian Financial Institutions Affected".

2012

  • 'National GST Symposium 2012 - Putting the purpose in creditable purpose'. On Tuesday 1 May 2012 The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the University of Melbourne Law School hosted the Institute's inaugural National GST Symposium 2012. This unique event featured Australia's most influential legal minds who discussed the interpretation of the concept of 'creditable purpose' that establishes the eligibility for input tax credits under Australian GST law.
  • On Tuesday 24 April 2012 the Tax Group along with Allens Arthur Robinson hosted a seminar on 'Changing the GAAR: Does Part IVA need to be changed?' It brought together experts and interested parties to discuss proposed changes to Part IVA.
  • On Wednesday 4 April 2012 the Tax Group and the Obligations Group at Melbourne Law School hosted a seminar on'The Doctrine of Sham in the Common Law' by Mr Edwin Simpson, Oxford University with Professor Miranda Stewart, Melbourne Law School.
  • On 27 November 2012, a panel event was held at KPMG to discuss "Recent Developments in Tax Treaty Interpretation and Transfer Pricing".
  • On 30 July 2012 Professor Yariv Brauner presented a seminar on "Transfer pricing and permanent establishment - Recent US Cases and Developments".
  • On 6 June 2012, IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar at KPMG given by Professor Alan Schenk on "Proposals in a Presidential Election Year for a Consumption-Based U.S. Tax System: Will the U.S. become a Tax Haven Country?".
  • On 12 April 2012, IFA Australia (Melbourne) hosted a seminar given by Dr Peter Harris from the University of Cambridge on "The Future of Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules".

2011

  • The Tax Group at Melbourne Law School was very pleased to host the launch of Dr Michael Kobetsky's book'International Taxation of Permanent Establishments' on Monday 21 November 2011. The book was launched by Mr Cameron Rider of Greenwoods & Freehills at the Melbourne Law School.
  • The Tax Group hosted an informal talk on Monday 24 October 2011 for visiting Professor Wolfgang Schön, from the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, Germany. To download a copy of his presentation, please click here.
  • The Tax Group and the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law were pleased to host a symposium on'Workers and Tax Reform' on Tuesday 16 August 2011 from 10:30-1:30pm. This symposium hosted at Melbourne Law School, brought together celebrated US academic, Professor Jonathan Forman, author of Making America Work (2006) with an expert Australian panel to discuss options for reform of income tax rates, credits and transfers, that will achieve sustainable fairness and increase productivity for Australia's workers. Presentations from the event are now available to download: Professor Jonathan Forman, University of Okalahoma, United States - presentation, Matt Cowgill, Australian Council of Trade Unions - presentation
  • Associate Professor Wei Cui from China University of Political Science and Law presented a seminar on'Centralizing of Taxing Power and Economic Development: Chinese Evidence' on Tuesday 23 August from 5:30pm-7pm.
  • The 23rd Annual Conference of the Australasian Tax Teachers Association, co-hosted by the Melbourne Law School and the Monash University Taxation Law and Policy Research Institute, was held at the Melbourne Law School over 19-21 January 2011. The Conference theme was "Tax - it's more than numbers".
  • On 29 November 2011, Dr Niv Tadmore and Mr Simon Bowden from Clayton Utz in Melbourne, presented a seminar on "Practical Issues to Eliminate Double Taxation of Business Income".
  • On 20 October 2011, a panel discussion on "Tax Treaties" was held at the Melbourne Law School. This event is part of the Young IFA Network, an initiative of the International Fiscal Association aimed at increasing the participation of younger (under 40) professionals in international tax. This is the first Young IFA Network event in Australia. The panel members were: Sunita Jogarajan - Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Law School, Paul Heginbothom - Policy Analyst, Department of Treasury, Chloe Burnett - Barrister, NSW Bar.
  • On 31 August 2011, Associate Professor Wei Cui from China University of Political Science and Law presented a seminar on "Chinese International Tax and Treaty Policy.
  • On 27 July 2011, Associate Professor Mike Kobetsky from the Melbourne Law School presented a seminar on "Transfer Pricing - SNF case".
  • On 5 April 2011, Neil Motteram and Lyn Redman from the Australian Treasury presented a seminar on "Australian Tax Treaty Policy and Developments".
  • On 24 February 2011, Professor Brian Arnold from the Canadian Tax Foundation, presented a seminar on "Cleaning Up the Mess: The Taxation of Services under Tax Treaties".

2010

  • The Women + Work Research Cluster, Centre for Governance, Work and Technologies, RMIT University, The National Foundation for Australian Women and the Tax Group hosted a workshop on 'Women and Tax: The Impact of the Henry Tax Review' on Friday 20 August 2010.
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Australian Italian Lawyers Association were delighted to host the launch of Justice Tony Pagone's book 'Tax Avoidance in Australia'. The book was launched by the Hon Justice Robert French, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia at the Melbourne Law School on Friday 23 July 2010.
  • On Thursday 18 February 2010, the Tax Group hosted a lunchtime seminar for visiting Professor André Lareau. Professor Lareau was visiting from Laval University, Quebec, Canada. To download a copy of this power point presentation please click here.
  • On 12 August 2010, a panel discussion was held to discuss the topic "Australia's Tax Information Exchange Treaties, progress and problems: Where to now?"
  • On 4 August 2010, Professor Stafford Smiley of Georgetown Law Centre, Washington DC will present a seminar on "US International Tax Developments: Issues of cross-border tax enforcement and information exchange".
  • On 22 April 2010, the Hon. Justice Ian Vitaly Gzell of the Supreme Court of New South Wales presented a seminar held at KPMG on the topic "Recent Decisions in relation to Trusts and Administration".
  • On 23 March 2010, Professor Kees van Raad from University of Leiden, Netherlands spoke on the topic "Dual Resident Companies under Tax Treaties".
  • On 8 February 2010, Professor Pasquale Pistone from Vienna University of Economics and Business presented a seminar on the topic "Arbitration in international tax disputes".

2009

  • On Monday 2 November 2009, the Tax Group hosted a lunch for visiting Harvard Law School Professor Alvin Warren. Professor Warren is the Ropes & Gray Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught tax law and policy since 1979. He is a leading tax scholar in the United States and he spoke informally on Tax Reform in the US.
  • On 11 - 12 September 2009 Associate Professor Miranda Stewart attended an international conference on Tax Expenditures and Public Policy in Comparative Perspective which was held at the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada. She presented a paper on 'Housing Tax Expenditures in Australia'.
  • In September 2009 Associate Professor Miranda Stewart was appointed the Australian National Branch Reporter by the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and attended a meeting of all National Branch Reporters at the 2009 IFA Congress in Vancouver, Canada.
  • On Wednesday 17 June 2009, the Tax Group hosted a free public seminar with visiting Professor Joel Slemrod from the University of Michigan. Professor Slemrod was in Australia to provide advice to the Treasury on the Henry Tax Review into Australia's Future Tax System due to report at the end of 2009. He discussed recent research he has carried out on US business attitudes to fundamental US tax reform.
  • Melbourne Law School will be hosting the Australian Tax Research Foundation's Housing & Taxation Symosium on 11 February 2009. The Symposium will include leading international and Australian speakers, including taxation and housing industry practitioners and policy makers, from law, economics, policy and the private sector. For further information click here. Please visit the following link for the Symposium media release - 4 February 2009, Media Release.
  • On 26 October 2009, Professor Brian Arnold from Goodmans LLP in Toronto presented a seminar on the topic "Treaty Interpretation".
  • On 21 October 2009, the Hon. Justice Michelle Gordon of the Federal Court of Australia presented a seminar on the IFA Tax Jurists Conference held recently.
  • On 3 June 2009, Mr Tony Frost of Greenwoods and Freehills spoke on the topic 'Foreign Exchange Issues in International Taxation'.
  • The Melbourne Branch of the International Fiscal Association hosted their first IFA seminar of 2009, given by Mr Jock McCormack on Monday 30 March 2009. Jock is the Australian Reporter to the IFA Congress 2009, and he spoke on the topic of permanent establishments which is the subject of his report.

2008

  • Associate Professor Miranda Stewart visited Brooklyn Law School in New York to present at the Legal Norms Conference, and gave a lecture on tax policy networks at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
  • On 2 April 2008, the Tax Group, in conjunction with the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, conducted a workshop on employee share ownership in small to medium sized enterprises. This workshop was part of the ARC funded project, 'Employee Share Ownership Plans: Current Practice and Regulatory Reform'.
  • Sir Ivor Richardson, former president of the New Zealand Court of Appeal and member of the Privy Council, will be visiting Melbourne Law School and presenting in the Melbourne Law Masters subject, Current Issues in Tax, on 3 April 2008. Sir Ivor will be speaking on the topic of the New Zealand Tax Law Re-write.
  • Associate Professor Lisa Philipps of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada, is arriving at Melbourne Law School on Monday 17 March 2008 as a visiting scholar. During her time here, Associate Professor Phillips will co-teach the Melbourne Law Masters subject, Fiscal Reform and Development, with Associate Professor Miranda Stewart, and will present in the Law School's Research Worksop Series on the topic 'Helping out in the Family Firm: The Legal Treatment of Unpaid Market Labor'.
  • Associate Professor Miranda Stewart, Co-Director of Taxation Studies at Melbourne Law School, participated in the Indigenous Communities, Economic Development and Tax Policy Symposium on 26 & 27 February 2008, part of the Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements (ATNS) Project. Associate Professor Stewart chaired a session on Legal Structures and Economic Development and presented during a session on Tax Regimes, Models and Options for Indigenous Employment and Business Opportunities.
  • On 25 September 2008, Mr Casey Plunkett, Partner at Chapman Tripp in New Zealand, gave a presentation on "Recent New Zealand International Tax Reforms".
  • On 12 June 2008, Professor Reuven Avi-Yonah, Director of the International Tax LLM Program at the University of Michigan Law School gave a presentation on "Tax Competition, Tax Arbitrage and the International Tax Regime".

2007

  • Dr Michael Kobetsky recently traveled to Tokyo, Japan to present a paper on 'Transfer Pricing: Principles and Practice' to tax officials from developing countries at the Asian Development Bank Tax Conference, from the 8th to the 11th of October. For more information, click here.
  • In September, Associate Professor Ann O'Connell, Co-Director of Taxation Studies at Melbourne Law School, travelled to Sheffield in the United Kingdom to attend the Annual Tax Research Network Conference and present a paper on the Australian approach to countering tax evasion, with a particular focus on Project Wickenby.
  • In late June, Associate Professor Miranda Stewart, Co-Director of Taxation Studies, attended an academic symposium at the Said Business School, Oxford. Associate Professor Stewart is an International Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Business Taxation at the Said Business School. The symposium was attended by other International Research Fellows and invited delegates from around the world. Associate Professor Stewart presented a paper on Tax Law and Political Institutions. More information about the symposium and Associate Professor Stewart's paper are available here.
  • In May, Sunita Jogarajan, Lecturer in the Tax Group, attended the 4th Annual Asian Law Conference held at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. The conference was attended by over 1,000 delegates from all over the world. Sunita presented a paper on the Indian tax system and foreign direct investment. In particular, the paper used India as a case study to look at the influence of tax incentives and tax treaties on foreign investment into developing countries.
  • On 24 July 2007, Dr H David Rosenbloom, Distinguished Professor, New York University, spoke at a lunchtime meeting co-hosted by the Victorian Tax Bar on "Transfer pricing/cost sharing and US practice".
  • On 12 June 2007, Professor Lee Burns of the University of Sydney gave a presentation on "Harmonisation of the Anti-deferral Regimes and the Board of Taxation Discussion Paper."
  • On 22 May 2007, Professor Malcolm Gammie QC spoke on "A UK perspective on international tax before the ECJ- Process and Outcomes" at an IFA meeting jointly hosted by the Tax Bar Association.  Professor Gammie also addressed an IFA branch meeting in Sydney on 24 May 2007, on the topic "Investment in Land in the UK and in UK REITs".

2006

  • In September 2006, Assistant Commissioner (International Relations) at the ATO, Graham Whyte, addressed the branch meeting on Australia's new international tax treaties on exchange of information with tax havens.
  • In November 2006, Professor Tim Edgar from the University of Western Ontario , Canada, presented on the Canadian general tax anti-avoidance rule and recent Canadian Supreme Court decisions.

2005

  • In August 2005, Professor David Rosenbloom (New York University) spoke about the US view of transfer pricing.
  • In March 2005, Professor Kees van Raad of Leuven University, Belgium, presented on the topic "Is the European Court of Justice destroying international income tax systems in Europe?"

2004

  • In October 2004, a speech on tax treaties and tax avoidance was given by Professor Brian Arnold, University of Western Ontario, Canada.
  • In August 2004, Dan Shaviro, Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at New York University, delivered a presentation on tax arbitrage.