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The Ross Parsons Tax Lecture – Professor Graeme Cooper

The Ross Parsons Tax Lecture

Income Taxation: An Institution in Decay – Still

In 1986, on the eve of his retirement from Sydney Law School, Ross Parsons published a famous paper giving his caustic assessment of the body of law which had occupied so much of his professional life. Also on the eve of his retirement, Professor Graeme Cooper revisits that paper. Was Parsons right? Has anything changed in the last 30 years? Are things actually getting worse?

Professor Graeme Cooper

Graeme Cooper is retiring as Professor of Taxation Law at the University of Sydney after 31 years’ teaching in the Law School. He was formerly Professor of Taxation Law at Melbourne Law School, has been a visiting professor at Harvard, NYU, Virginia, Tilburg and KU Leuven, and also taught at Osgoode Hall and the University of British Columbia.

He has published extensively in Australia and overseas. His work has been cited by the High Court and Federal Court, and influenced the introduction of several legislative reforms.

He has worked on tax assistance projects for the United Nations, the World Bank, ASEAN, the IMF, the OECD and several foreign governments. In Australia, he has been engaged by Australian Treasury, the Australian Taxation Office, Australian National Audit Office and the Board of Taxation, and been consulted by community organisations including ACOSS, the Central Land Council, the Environmental Defender’s Office and the ALP.

He has worked in private practice as a consultant for Freehills since 1992 – first, for Greenwoods & Freehills, and now for Herbert Smith Freehills.

Rescheduled: Wednesday 8 March 2023

Cost: Free
Time: 5.30pm registration for 5.45-7pm lecture, followed by a cocktail reception until 8.30pm.
Nelson Meers Foundation Auditorium, Chau Chak Wing Museum, The University of Sydney, Camperdown.

Register here – this event is now full (register to be placed on a wait list)

This event is hosted by the Ross Parsons Centre at The University of Sydney Law School.


Mar 08 2023


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Professional Learning & Community Engagement
02 9351 0248

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Ross Parsons Centre, Taxation
02 9351 0282

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