Tax Justice and Human Rights Symposium

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Tax Justice and Human Rights, A Collaborative Symposium for Researchers, Students and Activists June 18-20, McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada

Researchers, tax justice activists, community organizations and civil society organizations from around the world will convene in Montreal for a unique symposium to discuss the latest research, share experiences, and promote public participation in the growing international dialogue on taxation. The symposium will address the offshore tax havens system, corporate tax avoidance, gender and fiscal justice, and highlight efforts in both the North and South to promote progressive taxation policies. Since taxation is a major determinant of the allocation of rights and resources within and across societies, a key theme will be the human rights implications of tax policy.


June 18

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 17:00 Graduate Student Seminar

17:00 - 19:00 Cocktail reception

19:00 - 20:30 Opening Session/Public Forum on Tax Justice and Human Rights Alex Himelfarb (York Univ.), Kate Donald (UNHCHR), Attiya Waris (Univ. of Nairobi),  Denise Byrnes (Oxfam Quebec)

June 19

8:00 - 8:45 Registration, Tea/Coffee

8:45 - 9:00 Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:45 Setting the Stage

9:45 - 11:00 Human Rights and Tax Justice

11:30 - 12:45 Gender and Fiscal Justice

12:45 - 14:15 Lunch and Keynote presentation by Thomas Pogge (Yale Univ.)

14:15 - 15:45 Fiscal Justice: Regional Challenges and Initiatives

16:00 - 17:30  Reducing Inequality: International Corporate Tax Reform

18:30 Film Screening: The Price We Pay

June 20 

9:00 - 10:30 Reducing Inequality: Tax Avoidance and Capital Flight

10:45 - 12:15 Reducing Inequality: Tax Avoidance and Progressive Taxation

12:15 - 14:00 Lunch and Keynote presentation by Attiya Waris

14:00 - 15:00 Tax Justice in Labour and Capital Migration

15:45 - 17:00 Environmental Tax Justice

17:00 - 18:00 Tax Justice Campaigns: Global, Regional and National

18:15 - 20:00 Closing Cocktail


There are plenty of good accommodation options within easy walking distance of the conference venue, suited for different budgets.

The Tax Justice & Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium has reserved rooms in a McGill Student Residence as well as at the Hotel le Cantlie and the Best Western Hotel (see detailed info below). Please note that there are cut off dates for our preferred rates so it is highly recommended to book early!

1) Hotel Le Cantlie Suites (1110 Sherbrooke Street West)

Centrally located with sweeping views of the Montreal skyline and Mount Royal, Hotel Le Cantlie Suites is in the heart of Montreal’s prestigious business and shopping district. 255 spacious rooms and suites featuring urban modern, custom designed furniture blending warm walnut wood with glass. Floor to ceiling windows offer dramatic views of the city and Mount Royal. 28th floor rooftop pool and sun deck with panoramic city views, fitness center, indoor Valet Parking (surcharge).

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RATES: (guaranteed until 16 May 2014!):

* Studio Suites: $145.00 (+ applicable taxes), per room, per night, based on single / double occupancy
Rate includes One (1) full buffet breakfast, internet and local calls.

* Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out time is noon

BOOKING: Guests can reserve their rooms:

* By phone: Call our Reservations Department at 514-842-2000 or through one of our toll-free numbers, 1-800-567-1110 and 1-888 CANTLIE (1-888-226-8543). In order to benefit from the preferred contracted rates, callers would identify their affiliation with your group (TAX SYMPOSIUM). 

* Online: Reservations can be made directly by the guests through a link:

Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out time for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time of booking.

Please note: Rate also apply 2 days pre and post event dates, if rooms are available.

2) Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites (3407 Peel Street)

The hotel offers 170 newly renovated, spacious, comfortable, and fully equipped rooms overlooking Mount Royal or the city. Rate Benefits include: Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access in all the rooms; Access to our ultra-modern exercise room on the 3rd floor; Access to our Business Center. All our rooms are equipped with: 42′ Flat Screen T.V. with in-room pay movies; coffee machine with complimentary coffee / tea; mini-fridge; hair dryer; iron and ironing board; AM/FM radio alarm clock; Voice mail; Individual Climate Control.

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RATES: (guaranteed until 18May 2014!)

* Room with one Queen Bed: $139.00 (+ applicable taxes), per room, per night, based on single / double occupancy
* Room with one King Bed or two Queen Beds: $159.00 (+ applicable taxes), per room, per night, based on double occupancy

* Additional person: $ 10.00 + taxes, per person (For triple or quadruple occupancy)

* Check-in time is 3 pm and check-out time is noon

BOOKING: Guests can reserve their rooms:

* By Phone: Call our toll free number 1-800-361-7791 (USA and Canada) or  +1-514-288-4141 (Rest of the world), mention Reservation bloc name “Tax Justice & Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium ” and complete reservation with a valid credit card.
* Online: Click on our website:; Click on Reservations; Enter Arrival / Departure dates; Enter your group Reservation code: TJHRRCS; Select type of room; Complete reservation with a valid credit card number

Please note: Rate also apply 2 days pre and post event dates, if rooms are available.

3) The Royal Victoria College (3425 University Street)

Royal Victoria College offers accommodations in a Traditional Residence. Most of the rooms are singles (one person per room). They share bathroom and kitchen facilities with the other rooms on the floor. Included in the rooms are linen, soap, and towels. The rooms themselves are not air-conditioned; however, our front office rents out fans, kettles, and irons. There are no telephones provided in the rooms; however, there are payphones located in the lobby, and on some floors. There are computers with free access to internet in the study room located on the main floor (WI-FI also available for laptop computers).

More info at

RATES: (guaranteed until 18 May 2014!)

* Single room: $45.00 / night + taxes ($51.74)

* Check in is 3PM and check out is 11AM

BOOKING: To make a reservation, guests simply have to give the name of the conference, Tax Justice & Human Rights Research Collaboration Symposium or the folio number 138029 when they contact the residence by phone at 514-398-5200, by fax at 514-398-4521, or by email at, indicating Name of the Residence of your choice (The Royal Victoria College); Name, Address & Phone number; Arrival & Departure date; Type of Room requested & Number of guests; Visa, MasterCard, or Amex number with expiration date and cardholder’s name.

4) Other accommodation

There are many other accommodation options for those keen to explore options, including:

* (other McGill residence a bit further away but economic private accommodation in single and double rooms, as well as suites)

* (private accommodation for rooms or whole flats to share)



June 18th, 2014 10:00 AM   through   June 20th, 2014 4:00 PM
McGill University, Faculty of Law
3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Canada, QC H3A 1W9

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Mobile: 6138633670
Event Fee
Registration $ 120.00

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