In May 2016 the U.K Government will be hosting a global summit on corruption. Ahead of this event, the Association for Accountancy & Business Affairs, City University, and the Tax Justice Network, are organising a research-led workshop to explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in providing a criminogenic interface facilitating corruption and corrupting activities, and illicit financial flows. The workshop will also explore the role of secrecy jurisdictions in corrupting the entire global financial system, and examine the role of professional ‘enablers’ in constructing and protecting the system.
Other related themes are likely to emerge as the workshop programme develops ahead of the global summit.
Researchers wanting to participate in the workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by 22nd January 2016. All submissions will be considered by the organising committee.
This workshop will bring together researchers, academics, journalists, policy staff of civil society organisations, activists, consultants and professionals, elected politicians and/or their researchers, and government or international organisation officials.
The purpose of the workshop is to facilitate research on corruption and the role of tax havens through open-minded debate and discussion,
Admittedly, this does depend quite a bit on what their definition of “open minded” is.
So, the research would be to review the claims of how much tax was being lost to people having undeclared Swiss bank accounts with specific reference to the UK. Particular note would be taken of the predictions of The Murph, Tax Justice Network, Sol Piciotto and others in their forecasts of how much was at stake.
This would then be compared with the actual yield from the policy they themselves proposed, that Swiss Bank Disclosure deal.
Amusement might be found in the difference between the claims and the reality.