Core Course

The Tax Research Round Table course will expose students to emerging ideas in the taxation field. Lecturers will be drawn from Oxford University, including non-tax faculty who will cast light on recent developments in other areas of law, for example public law, restitution, legal theory, or who will discuss research in economics, accounting or finance where these developments are significant for tax experts. In addition we may call on International Research Fellows of the Centre for Business Taxation or other external experts to give a paper regarding their research. Students will also have an opportunity to present an aspect of their own exploratory work during the course, testing out early ideas for their extended essay in order to receive some feedback from different perspectives prior to meeting with their tutor to settle the scope of their paper. 

This course involves lectures during the residential week in Michaelmas Term Week Minus One of Year 2 (during the same week as the Year 1 residential week), plus a research methods/skills session and a tutor meeting for preparation for writing an extended 6,000 word essay on one of a choice of set topics. At this meeting, students will discuss their topic choice and will receive help in scoping their essay, research methods and sources. Tutors will be assigned partly on the basis of essay topics, but since the discussion will be of a fairly general nature there will not be a problem if many students choose one topic. One further meeting with a tutor will be available in person or by electronic methods during the year.

The extended essay topics will be based on the presentations offered but there will also be scope for writing about a different area provided that was a topic approved by the course programme directors.

The course is taught by Professor Judith Freedman, Professor Michael Devereux, Dr Philip Baker, QC, Dr Glen Loutzenhiser, Dr John Vella and Dr Anzhela Yevgenyeva