Monica Hope

PhD Candidate

Monica Hope is a PhD Candidate at the Melbourne Law School. Her PhD considers tax law, tax justice, and wealth inequality with a focus on Australia. Monica’s broader research interests include taxation of individuals, wealth taxation, the not-for-profit sector, international taxation, and theories of tax justice.

Monica co-teaches Taxation Law and Policy in the JD at Melbourne Law School. She holds a Master of Laws (Deakin University) and a BA/LLB (La Trobe University). She has previously taught taxation law and business tax law at Deakin University.

Thesis Title

Tax justice and intergenerational wealth transfer in Australia: is the reinstatement of a wealth tax required to mitigate economic inequality and wealth concentration in an ageing population?

Thesis Summary

Monica’s research considers theories of tax justice relating to inequality and redistribution of wealth. Wealth transfer taxes are implemented in many other international jurisdictions as an element of governmental redistributive policy. It is hoped the research will contribute to a progressive, contemporary 21st century understanding of tax justice which will inform the debate regarding possible wealth tax mechanisms in Australia.

Monica’s research will contribute to a broader project being undertaken by the University of Melbourne Law School pursuant to an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP210100924) titled Sharing the Wealth: Tax and Justice in a Slow Growth Era.


  • Taxation Law
  • International Tax
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Revenue Law