VIRTEU Roundtable Discussion: Institutional Corruption and Avoidance of Taxation

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Friday 12 March 2021

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM



Event details

This is the final event in the VIRTEU project's roundtable discussion series and will explore the interconnections between institutional corruption and avoidance of taxation.

Main Topics

  • The state-corporate nexus: exploring conflict-of-interest situations.
  • Undue corporate influence on the political process and lax regulation.
  • Tax prosecutions of corporations and backroom deals.
  • Future perspectives and recommendations.



Professor Diane Ring

Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law, Boston College, VIRTEU Special Adviser

Opening remarks

Dr. Stuart MacLennan

Associate Professor of Law at Coventry University 


Dr. Costantino Grasso

Assistant Professor in Law, Coventry University, VIRTEU Principal Investigator



Professor Brandon L. Garret

L.Neil Williams Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law

Director of the Wilson Centre for Science and Justice 

Professor Prem Nath Sikka 

Professor of Accounting at the University of Sheffield 

Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex 

John Christensen (VIRTEU expert)

Director and Founder of the global Tax Justice Network 

VIRTEU Impact Expert and Partner 

Summing up

Engin Erken

Doctoral Student at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity, Coventry University


About the Roundtable Discussion Series

This Roundtable Discussion Series brings together distinguished guests from academic institutions and non-governmental organizations, as well as law firms, and the researchers associated with VIRTEU. The event has been co-organized by the VIRTEU Special Adviser Prof. Diane Ring, the project Principal Investigator, Dr. Costantino Grasso, and the Co-Investigator, Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli.

During each event, which will be open to everyone and held online on Zoom, our esteemed panellists will be engaged in a close discussion and exploration of a series of select topics under the direction of the chair, Prof. Diane Ring, who is Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Law and the Dr. Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law. A Q&A session will then give the audience the opportunity to find out more about the topics covered during the Roundtable and interact directly with our distinguished guests

The series pursues the following project-related aims:

  • Knowledge-exchange: promoting an exchange of knowledge between the project researchers and external researchers and stakeholders on relevant topics in the hope that the attendees will leave the roundtables with a better understanding of the interconnections between tax evasion and corruption.
  • Peer discussion and feedback: stimulating academic and professional discussion around the topics of the project and obtain peer feedback on the project findings and methods.
  • Dissemination: informing the academic community, practitioners, and other relevant stakeholders about the first findings of the project and sharing with them both progress and challenges.


For enquiries please contact Dr Costantino Grasso