The Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy
On February 12th 2015, Christian Aid is hosting a high level international conference on the subject of the Human Rights Impact of Tax and Fiscal Policy. The conference comes at a time of unprecedented focus on the tax practices of multinational companies and their exploitation of mismatches in countries tax regulations to avoid paying significant amounts of tax. It comes a time when many countries, including Ireland, are still experiencing the effects of austerity policies, as governments attempt to balance budgets through series of cuts in public spending and raised taxes, which have left many increasingly marginalised and removed from adequate public services. This conference therefore is timely, and offers an opportunity to view the debate around taxation, the role of states and of multinationals through a human rights lens.
The seminar will bring together speakers from the global south, tax justice activists, Irish government officials, the OECD, journalists, and the private sector.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Professor Philip Alston, who has held a number of senior UN posts over two decades, and is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
Other speakers will include:
Simon Harris, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance
Feargal O’Rourke, Senior Partner, PWC
Dr. Ricardo Barrientos, former deputy Minister of Finance, Guatemala
Colm Keena, Jourmalist, Irish Times
Aine Lawlor, Journalist, RTE
John Christensen, Director, Tax Justice Network
Dr. Sheila Killian, Department of Accounting and Finance, University of Limerick
Ben Dickinson, Head of Tax and Development Unit, OECD
Registration, tea and coffee from 0830
**Places are limited, so on line registration is essential**