Seminars, Workshops & Conferences

2016

  • The 2016 Annual Tax Lecture was held on 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.
  • The Tax-Group assisted in the co-ordination of the Federal Court of Australia and Melbourne Law School VAT/GST Seminar on Wednesday 3rd August. 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?".
  • The Tax Soiree held on Tuesday 17th May 2016 was 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
  • The first Tax Soiree of 2016 was 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). This was held on Tuesday 5th April 2016.

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

  • In 2014, the Annual Tax Lecture was 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".

2013

  • On Friday 17 May 2013 the Tax Group were very pleased to host a conference on 'Tax Avoidance in the 21st Century'. 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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.