VIRTEU Roundtable Discussion: Whistleblowing, Reporting, and Auditing in the area of taxation

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Friday 26 February 2021

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM



Event details

This is the third event in the VIRTUE project's roundtable discussion series and will explore the interconnections between whistleblowing, reporting, and auditing in the area of taxation.

Main Topics

  • Internal/external auditing systems: limits and vulnerabilities.
  • Internal/external reporting mechanisms and public disclosure.
  • Existing legal frameworks and approaches.
  • Future perspectives and recommendations.



Professor Diane Ring

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


Dr. Costantino Grasso

Assistant Professor in Law, Coventry University, VIRTEU Principal Investigator

Opening remarks

Professor Umut Turksen

Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Centre Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University 


Dr. Donato Vozza

Research Associate at the Centre Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University 

Perspectives from practice

Charles Middleton

International Tax Lawyer and Whistleblower 


Professor Jonas Heese

Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School 

Mary Inman

Lawyer and Partner at Constantine Cannon LLP 

Dr. Elaine Doyle (VIRTEU expert)

Lecturer of Finance at The Catholic University of America. VIRTEU Research Associate in the area of Business Ethics

Summing up

Stephen Holden

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