Tax is an area of study which cuts across many disciplines. Whilst this renders it a fascinating and vibrant field, it also brings its own difficulties when it comes to researching and teaching.
It can be difficult to keep on top of developments not only in respect of policy and law, but also in terms of the growing body of literature. A worry must be that the study of tax in certain spheres can become insular rather than open, insulated from rigorous critique by those outside, resulting in certain theories and ideas becoming orthodox without challenge. At the same time, tax is regarded as a specialist topic, bringing its own challenges in terms of choosing outlets in which to publish research against the backdrop of institutional pressures.
In terms of the teaching of tax meanwhile, there are many directions which courses can take, thereby bringing opportunities (such as establishing tax clinics) but also challenges (including how to balance practical and theoretical, accounting and legal, historic and modern aspects of the subject).
These are but some of the challenges and opportunities encountered when teaching and researching tax.
Against this background, we are looking for expressions of interest from those who would be interested in participating in a workshop entitled “Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching and Researching Tax” to be held at the University of Exeter on Monday 31 August 2020 or Friday 4 September (in order to fit around the Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars, which is also taking place in Exeter this year, and the Tax Research Network’s Annual Conference, taking place in Cambridge). If you would be interested in participating, please email myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Professor Lynne Oats (L.M.Oats@exeter.ac.uk). Please also indicate your preferred date for the workshop (i.e. 31 August or 4 September).