2018 McGill Tax Policy Colloquium

The Stikeman Chair in Tax Law is very happy to announce the program for the 2018 McGill Tax Policy Colloquium, which will take an interdisciplinary approach to tax policy analysis. The colloquium is made possible by a grant from Spiegel Sohmer.

Each talk will take place 16h-17h30, in room 102, New Chancellor Day Hall.

The land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk), a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations.

The distinguished speakers who will contribute to this year’s colloquium include:

  • Oct 22: Sam Singer, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University. Prof. Singer's research focuses on tax dispute resolution, the policy rationales underlying tax measures, and the regulation of charities and charitable giving. He is a graduate of McGill Law.
  • Nov 12: Lindsay Tedds, Scientific Director of Fiscal and Economic Policy and Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary. Dr. Tedds’ research focuses on tax policy and she has done extensive work with the Government of Canada in the areas of public economics and policy implementation.
  • Nov 19: Laurens van Apeldoorn, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Leiden University. Prof. Van Apeldoorn’s research examines the nature and prospects of the sovereign state, with a special focus on the normative aspects of international taxation rules in relation to the global justice.
  • Nov 26: Frances Woolley, Full Professor, Department of Economics, Carleton University and President, Canadian Economics Association. Prof. Wooley’s expertise and research focus on economics of the family, gender and intra-house inequality, taxation and benefits for and of families, and feminist economics. 
  • Dec 3: Ruth Mason, Full Professor, School of Law, University of Virginia. Prof. Mason’s research focuses on international, comparative, and state taxation. Her work on tax non-discrimination laws’ effect on cross-border commerce has been cited extensively, including by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As always, colloquium presentations are open to all, and we will post more information closer to each date.

Who Pays for Canada? Taxes and Fairness

21-23 February 2018, Faculty Club

Who Pays for Canada: Taxes and Fairness

The Stikeman Chair in Tax Law participated in McGill Institute for the Study of Canada's annual conference

Tensions around tax fairness have always provoked political engagement and lively protest. Such tensions account for some of our nation’s best and worst moments of social solidarity and mutual hostility. On the centenary of income tax in Canada—first collected in 1918—we take the opportunity to explore what “fairness” means. Is it a technical question or a philosophical one? Is it best resolved by statisticians or lawyers? How to subject such complicated questions to democratic accountability? By asking how Canadians have discussed tax fairness in the past and how we might better do so in the future, our exceptionally diverse array of speakers will lend depth and sophistication to contemporary debates.

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Innovation Week: Putting Innovation in a Box

19-23 February 2018

The Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Stikeman Chair in Tax Law are organizing Innovation Week 2018 - Putting Innovation in a Box, which will run from February 19 to February 23, covering subjects such as Blockchain, BREXIT, Big Data, Tax Policy, and more! Join the Stikeman Chair for an exciting program of conferences.

Join the Stikeman Chair during Innovation Week 2018.

First Global Conference of the Platform for Collaboration on Tax - Taxation and the Sustainable Development Goals

14-16 February 2018 - New York

The Stikeman Chair in Tax participated in the global conference, as part of the "International Tax, BEPS and the SDGs" plenary on February 15.

Allison Christians speaking

The plenary begins at 1:54:00, and Professor Christians's remarks start at 2:14:54. Watch the segment on UN Web TV.

Careers in Tax and Corporate & Securities Law

15 January 2018, noon-13:30, NCDH 200

Michael Garellek and Laura Gheorghiu

Come meet Laura Gheorghiu and Michael Garellek, and learn more about their careers in an international law firm.