INTERNATIONAL FINAL CONFERENCE
23rd and 24th of June 2022 / 2:00 pm - 6:30 pm BST
The VIRTEU International Final Conference was held online on Zoom on the 23rd and 24th of June 2022 from 2:00 pm to 6:30 pm British Summer Time. The event, which followed two years of work, research, and collaboration focused on the interconnections between tax crimes and corruption as well as on related issues such as corporate crime and irresponsible behaviors, whistleblowing, and state/regulatory capture, represents an important conclusive moment of reflection on the critical issues that have been considered during the course of the project activities.
The conference, which involved the participation of several high-level academics, politicians, journalists, and experts from all over the world including representatives from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO), enjoyed the honorary patronage of the Italian Superior School of the Judiciary that included it among the formal training activities that are offered to the Italian members of the judiciary.
The full recording of all the fascinating sessions of discussion are available below.
Day 1 - Introduction
Dr. Costantino Grasso
Project Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Law at The Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Gianluca Grasso
Member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Superior School of the Judiciary
Barbara Modesta Grasso
Judge at the Criminal Court Appeal of Naples and Trainer for the Italian Superior School of the Judiciary - Training Section of Naples
Day 1 - Panel 1
Exploring the interconnections between tax crime and corruption in the EU Member States and UK
Chair: Prof. Nicholas Ryder
Professor in Financial Crime at the University of the West of England Bristol
Dr. Vasileios Petropoulos
Assistant Professor in Criminal Law aat the University of Athens, Partner at Ovvadias S. Namias Law Firm
"The interrelation between tax crime and corruption: The Greek experience"
Dr. Branislav Hock
Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies of the University of Portsmouth
"The interconnections between tax crimes and corruption in the UK"
Dr. Pietro Maria Sabella
Adjunct Professor in Criminal Law at the University LUISS Guido Carli
"Challenges in framing and fighting fiscal corruption in Italy"
Day 1 - Panel 2
Challenges and perspectives in countering tax fraud and corruption: the European Union level
Chair: Dr. Donato Vozza
Lecturer in Law at the University of Roehampton
Prof. Umut Turksen
Professor in Law at Coventry University
"Tax enforcement challenges in the European Union"
Dr. Valeria Sico
Italian European Delegated Prosecutor for the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO)
"EPPO cross-border investigation in VAT fraud"
Prof. Carlos Weffe
Professor in Tax Law at The Central University of Venezuela, Senior Research Associate at the IBFD
"A stormy relationship: substantive and criminological challenges in the fight against corruption and VAT fraud"
European Anti-Fraud Office EU Funds Frauds’ Investigator; Lieutenant Colonel of Guardia di Finanza
"The European Anti-fraud role in fighting tax fraud and corruption, challenges and trends for the future"
Day 1 - Panel 3
Identifying the interrelations between corrupt practices and tax abuses: Lessons from beyond Europe
Chair: Prof. Diane Ring
Interim Dean of Faculty, Professor of Law at Boston College Law
Sarah “Poppy” Alexander
Lawyer, Partner in Constantine Cannon’s San Francisco Office
"Disabling the enablers: Efforts to stop money laundering gather steam in the United States"
Prof. Benja Satula
Vice-Rector, Professor in Law, and Coordinator of the Center for Research in Law at the Catholic University of Angola
"Corruption and tax justice in Angola - a summary overview"
Dr. Sarah Carrick
Lecturer in Law at The Manchester Metropolitan University
"Opposite ends of the grey area – exploring athlete tax avoidance in the UK and Canada"
Day 1 - Panel 4
Adverse consequences of tax crime and corruption on sustainability, development, and human rights
Chair: Alex Cobham
Economist and Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network
Member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation, Lawyer, Former Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-Chair of the Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Evasion, and Fraud
"Corporate Power and Tax Abuses: Focus on the McDonald case"
Prof. Rita Calçada Pires
Associate Professor of International Tax Law, Vice-President of the Pedagogical Council at NOVA University
"Tax social contract and tax fraud: double jeopardy"
Senior Reporter and Africa Coordinator at International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
"The obscure dimension of financial flows in Europe: Lesson learned from investigative journalist reports"
Director at the European Union Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union
"The E.U. efforts to prevent tax crimes: looking beyond Europe"
Day 2 - Panel 1
Exploring the multiple dimensions of institutional and regulatory capture in the area of taxation
Chair: Prof. Stefano Manacorda
Professor in Criminal Law at the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Prof. Daniel T. Ostas
Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Oklahoma
"Endogenous Tax Law: Regulatory capture and the ethics of political obligation"
Prof. Gaetana Morgante
Professor in Criminal Law at the University Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Pisa
"The complexity of corruption as a multi-offences system"
Dr. Ina Kubbe
Researcher and Lecturer at the School of Political Science, Government and International Relations of Tel Aviv University
"Tax abuses and their adverse effect on human rights - a specific look at state capture"
Dr. Jason MacLean
Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick
"Regulatory capture, complexity, and academics: Lessons from the agrochemical and energy sectors"
Day 2 - Panel 2
The legal framework: purposes, intended and unintended consequences, and risks
Chair: Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli
Associate Head for Research at Coventry Law School, VIRTEU Co-lnvestigator
Prof. Nicholas Ryder
Professor in Financial Crime at the University of the West of England, Bristol
"Endogenous Tax Law: Terrorism financing, tax fraud and the exchange of information – what did go wrong?"
Lecturer in Law at the University of the West at the University of the West of England, Bristol
"Do archaic tax evasion offences create unintended outcomes for tax enforcement and compliance?"
Senior Associate, Peters and Peters LLP
"Lessons from the Covid-19 relief schemes"
Dilpreet K. Dhanoa
Barrister at Field Court Tax Chambers
"VAT Fraud & Evasion: the Knowns and the Unknowns"
Day 2 - Panel 3
Detecting fraudulent practices in the area of taxation: the crucial role of whistleblowers
Chair: Mary Inman
Lawyer and Partner at Constantine Cannon LLP
International Tax Lawyer and Whistleblower
"Effective tax whistleblower award programs give corporate tax fraud nowhere to hide"
Lead researcher & Interim Director of Financial Secrecy and Governance at Tax Justice Network
"The role of offshore leaks in combatting financial secrecy"
Dr. Salvatore Coluccello
Course Director MA Terrorism, International Crime and Global Security at Coventry University
"Whistleblowing and ‘pentitismo’: the role of ‘collaborators’ in legal and extra-legal governance"
Day 2 - Panel 4
Countering fraudulent and corrupt practices: risks and opportunities in the area of tax enforcement
Chair: Dr. Slobodan Tomic
Lecturer in Law at the University of York
Former FBI Special Agent, Founder of Accountability FBI, Whistleblower Advocate
"The Al Capone Alternative: Adding Tax Charges in Corruption Cases "
Dr. Italo Borrello
Executive at the Italian Financial Intelligence Unit, Bank of Italy
"Detecting fraudulent and corrupt practices: the role of the Financial Intelligence Units"
International Tax Expert, Head of Tax Risk Analysis at the Ministry of Finance/Tax Administration of the Republic of Croatia
"The Role of CRM System in Detection Tax Fraud"
Dr. Carlo Lazzari
Commandant at Guardia di Finanza
"Soft-skills: the Italian ‘military’ strategy to combat tax evasion and corruption"