Call for Abstracts – Research Colloquium on Global Tax Governance Fall 2021

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After a successful first season of the Research colloquium, we are seeking new submissions of abstracts for our multidisciplinary colloquium, co-organized by GLOBTAXGOV and Martin Hearson at ICTD, to discuss early-stage original research on global tax governance.

The topic

Over the last decade, international and regional organizations in addition to myriad non-state actors have intensified their work on a quintessential issue of state sovereignty: taxation. On the one hand this can be attributed to the increasing internationalization of tax policy issues, fostered by an increasing economic integration and competition for capital by countries, as well as to the digitalization of business models – a situation that has led states to seek more cooperation among each other. On the other hand, international organizations have developed considerable agency on their own and sought to broaden the scope of their mandate, proposing deeper, more sovereignty-constraining cooperation, and encouraging more and more countries to join the efforts. While some scholars principally focus on the international level to understand tax policy, others remain more cautious and still see a more important role for nation states and the domestic factors that influence their policy and administration. Clearly observable tensions have also led to normative discussions on what the scope of global tax governance should be and how international institutions should be designed. Global tax governance is increasingly researched in different scholarly disciplines such as law, political science and economics, yet many open questions remain and interdisciplinarity can be harnessed more systematically.


As a participant, you may discuss, for example: research ideas that need to be transformed into concrete projects; data you collected but that you still need to be make sense of; research findings you wish to connect to more general debates in academia and society; arguments that you would like to refine through exposure to different academic disciplines.

We do not seek submissions of papers that are already very polished. Participation is open to both junior and senior scholars writing about global tax governance from any disciplinary perspective. We welcome both empirical and theoretical research, papers that critically discuss policies and arrangements or proposals of new solutions.

Two presentation formats are possible: A full paper or a flash presentation:

  • A full paper presentation lasts 20 minutes. Participants need to submit a paper 10 days before the session and 1-2 discussants will be invited to prepare specific comments.
  • A flash presentation lasts 8 minutes. No full paper needs to be submitted beforehand.

 Session dates (preliminary)

  • Session 1: 22 September 2021, 14:30 CEST / 13:30 BST / 12:30 UTC
  • Session 2: 3 November 2021, 14:30 CET / 13:30 BT / 13:30 UTC
  • Session 3: 15 December 2021, 14:30 CET / 13:30 BT / 13:30 UTC

Venue: ZOOM

Duration: 1:30 h

How to participate?

If you are interested in presenting your work in progress, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words by 23rd of August 2021 to Please indicate whether you would like to do a full paper presentation or a flash presentation. Decisions will be communicated by 1 September 2021. If you want to participate as discussant or participant, please send an email to

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