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Professor Celia Wells invited to join IBA Task Force on tax havens and human rights

... those responsible for national poverty, whether through tax evasion or other forms of illicit financial flows, should be viewed as being partly responsible for the violations of fundamental human rights which often accompany poverty.’

Sternford Moyo, Co-Chair IBAHRI
Professor Celia Wells, Head of the University of Bristol Law School has joined the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.  The Task Force will bring together a multidisciplinary team of experts, comprising development and human rights authorities, lawyers and law professors, economists as well as tax experts, to analyse how illicit financial flows, and specifically the proceeds of tax evasion, impact on poverty and subsequently affect the enforcement of economic-socio and cultural rights (ESCR).

The IBAHRI Task Force will provide conclusions and recommendations for governments and legal professionals on how the international community can enhance international tax cooperation and develop public policy on corporate taxing rights for developing countries, as well as the right for citizens to benefit from these policies through basic public services: food, health and education. Celia's input will be  on corporate responsibility and  criminal law. The Task Force will publish a report in 2013.

Please contact Professor Celia Wells for further information.

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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) works to promote, protect and enforce human rights under a just rule of law. The IBAHRI operates under the belief in the fundamental right of the world’s citizens to have disputes heard and determined by an independent judiciary, and for judges and lawyers to be able to practise freely and without interference. In order to advance human rights and the rule of law across the globe the IBAHRI undertakes a variety of projects to build capacity, lobby for change and highlight issues of international concern to the public, the media and the legal community.