TJN Annual Discussion Workshop on Corruption and the Role of Tax Havens – programme

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yDiscussion Workshop

Corruption and the Role of Tax Havens


City University, London, 28th – 29th April 2016

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Northampton Square EC1V 0HB



DAY ONE – 28th April 2016

08h30 – 09h00             Registration and coffee


09h00 – 09h30             Welcome, introductions and framing:

Corruption and the role of tax havens, after Panamania

Prof. Anastasia Nesvetailova (Director, City Political Economy Research Centre, CITYPERC)

John Christensen (Director, Tax Justice Network)                                    


09h30 – 11h00             Session One: Corruption and the role of (UK) tax havens

Facilitator: Liz Nelson (Tax Justice Network)

Discussant: Ronen Palan (City)

 Robert Mwanyumba (East African Tax and Governance Network)Corruption Wasting Human Rights [Slides]

 Mary Young (University of West England) – Criminogenic risk factors in the UK’s financial secrecy jurisdictions

 Petr Janský (Charles University, Prague; joint paper with Alex Cobham and Markus Meinzer, TJN) – Financial secrecy since the financial crisis, and the UK’s secrecy network


11h00 – 11h30             Coffee


11h30 – 13h00             Session Two: Scale and structures

Facilitator: Moran Harari (Tax Justice Network)

Discussant: David Quentin (IDS/TJN)

Arjan Reurink (Max Planck Institute) – Contextualizing Financial Corruption: Financialization and the Criminogenic Structures of Finance Capitalism

Verónica Grondona (CEFID-AR, with Nicole Bidegain Ponte and Corina Rodríguez Enríquez, both DAWN) – The role of financial secrecy jurisdictions in undermining gender justice and women’s human rights

Michael Woodiwiss (University of West England) – The Evolution of Organized Crime Control and an International Anti-Money Laundering Regime


13h00 – 14h00             Lunch


14h00 – 15h30              Session Three: On the dark side

Facilitator:  Markus Meinzer (Tax Justice Network)

Discussant: Prem Sikka (AABA, Essex)

Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam – CORPNET Project) – The Anatomy of the Cayman Islands Offshore Financial Center: Anglo-America, Japan, and the Role of Hedge Funds [link removed as under consideration with journal]

May Hen (University of Cambridge) – Gatekeepers for global wealth: a fiscal sociology of Caribbean offshore financial centres


15h30 – 16h00             Tea break


16h00 – 17h30             Session Four: The Secrecy Professionals

Facilitator: Andres Knobel (Tax Justice Network)

Discussant: Richard Murphy (City; Tax Research UK)

Sophie Lemaître (Univ. Rennes 1) – Hiding proceeds of corruption and IFFs through the abuse of Law – the extractive industries example

Chris Jones (joint paper with Yama Temouri, both Aston Business School, & Alex Cobham, TJN) – Tax Haven Networks and the Role of the Big 4 Accountancy Firms


18h00 – 20h00             Royal Society for Africa & Tax Justice Network public event:

Illicit financial flows after ‘Panamania’: Seizing the moment

Lecture theatre ELG03, Drysdale Building


DAY TWO – 29th April 2016

09h30 – 10h30             Session Five: Stories of secrecy

Facilitator:  George Turner (Finance Uncovered)

Discussant: Nick Shaxson (Tax Justice Network)

Sigrun Davidsdottir (journalist) – Iceland: The ‘offshorisation’ of an economy

Richard Smith (journalist) – On the trail of Scottish LPs

10h30 – 11h00             Oxfam & Tax Justice Network Essay Prize Presentations:

                                                Tax justice and human rights


11h00 – 11h30             Coffee / tea break


11h30 – 13h00             Session Six: Corporate tax

Facilitator: Naomi Fowler (Tax Justice Network)

Lauri Finér (with Matti Ylonen, both University of Helsinki) – Laws for Nothing and Ores for Free? A Case Study of Tax Planning in the Finnish Mining Sector [Slides]

Anders Pedersen (Natural Resource Governance Institute) – Assessing the presence of tax haven based companies in extractives contracts – establishing a baseline contracts available as open data

Omri Mariam (UC Irvine School of Law) – The State Administration of International Tax Avoidance


13h00 – 14h00             Lunch


14h00 – 15h00             Session Seven: The Price of Offshore, 2016

Facilitator: John Christensen (Tax Justice Network)

Discussant: James Boyce and Léonce Ndikumana (U.Mass), tbc

James Henry (U. Columbia) – The Price of Offshore: New numbers (40MB download)


15h00 – 16h00             Session Eight: Battlelines in the fight against financial secrecy

Moderator – Alex Cobham (Tax Justice Network)

Dereje Alemayehu (Global Alliance for Tax Justice): a global tax body

Steve Goodrich (Transparency International): transparency vs corruption

Nick Mathiason (Finance Uncovered): journalistic frontiers

Sol Picciotto (BEPS Monitoring Group):  BEPS and transparency

Rosie Sharpe (Global Witness): beneficial ownership


16h00                                 Workshop ends

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About The Author

John Christensen

Trained as a forensic auditor and economist, he has worked in many countries around the world, including a period of working in offshore financial services with Touche Ross & Co. For 11 years he was economic adviser to the government of the British Channel Island of Jersey. In 2003 he became what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.” His research on offshore finance has been widely published in books and academic journals, and John has taken part in many films, television documentaries and radio programmes.
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