Applied Law, Taxation and Regulation
Research in this field encompasses two broad areas: taxation law and commercial law. Academics work in both legal theory and practice, with their work cutting across legal institutions, and incorporating litigation, adjudication and dispute resolution.
In the area of taxation law, researchers are active in the fields of international tax policy (including e-commerce, and base erosion and profit-shifting); tax reform; regulation and red tape; and superannuation. In addition, researchers participate in various industry-based initiatives, including, for example, hosting public seminars and lectures that invite participation from prominent legal professionals – such as the Commissioner of Taxation, the Inspector-General of Taxation, the Commissioner of State Revenue and eminent law professors.
In the area of commercial law, dispute resolution – including arbitration, mediation and conciliation – is a key research area. In addition, researchers work in regulation, administrative, constitutional and criminal law, including international criminal law. They work in conjunction with federal and state governments on submissions to parliament, the provision of expert advice and independent quality assessment. Collaboration with industry bodies, such as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, is another component of professional engagement.
An exciting emerging field within this Research Program is natural resources law, which covers, for example, mining law and climate change law, with a number of projects already underway in this area.
An important contribution to society is made by academics from this Research Program through their leadership roles in the profession, offering knowledge and expertise as key members of professional bodies or advisory groups, and in adjudication of business and industry disputes. Curtin’s taxation law researchers serve on the National Education, Examinations and Quality Assurance Board for the Tax Institute and on local education and convention organising committees.