Annual Conference 2020: Cambridge, 7-9 September

The TRN’s 29th annual conference will be held on 7 – 9 September 2020 at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  This follows the annual conference of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) which is taking place in the University of Exeter in the week immediately preceding. 

Update (8 April 2020): You will not be surprised to hear that we have been putting in a great deal of thought into arrangements for the conference.  Our expectation at present is that it will be possible to go ahead with the conference, perhaps on a slightly smaller scale than usual.  We appreciate, however, that many of our supporters will have experienced significant disruption to living and working arrangements, and have therefore decided to extend the abstract deadline until 31 May 2020.  As previously indicated, abstracts should be sent to

Update (20 May 2020): Whilst we still hope to meet in Christ’s College, the likelihood that travel and other restrictions will permit us to operate a traditional conference is fast receding.  We have therefore made the difficult but in many ways exciting decision to convert this conference into an online-first basis.  This means that we will make arrangements to make all presentations available online, and that up to 100% of papers will be recorded or presented remotely. 

If you have any questions about the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us at

You are cordially invited to submit a paper for this conference.  Whilst there is no specific theme, we particularly welcome papers that are well grounded theoretically and/or innovative and interesting empirically.

We also warmly welcome ‘early stage’ research as follows:

  • proposals from new or potential researchers from tax practice or tax teaching, who may not yet have presented at a conference or published in an academic journal
  • PhD candidates from all disciplines
  • ‘emerging papers’ that report the preliminary stages or initial findings of a project.

Accepted papers should be submitted to by 31 July 2020.   

We are still working on the details of this plan, but we would encourage you to submit abstracts for consideration even if you are doubtful of your ability to travel to Cambridge in September, or even if you are certain that you will not be able to travel.  You will now be able to present your paper from your own home.  We also intend to operate the conference with minimal or no charge for online delegates, so it will still be possible to participate even if your University has restricted access to conference funding.  There is likely to be a moderate charge for accommodation and catering in Cambridge if this physical element of the conference proves to be possible in September.

We are pleased to have secured a range of exciting keynote speakers, including:

Tax Education Day, Weds 9 September 2020

To follow up on the success of the Tax Education Day at the recent conferences in Preston and Birmingham, we will again be devoting a day to tax education.  This will address both University level teaching of taxation and the teaching of tax to professional students.

Participants are invited to present details of interesting and innovative ways in which they are undertaking tax teaching for part of the day.  The rest of the day will be taken up with invited speakers to provide a practical and, we hope, inspiring day suitable for anyone involved in tax education. 

If you wish to give a presentation (full papers are not necessarily required) please respond to the call for papers as above, indicating that you are targeting this day for your proposal.

On the Education Day we will have various members of TRN leading sessions as follows (more to come as these are arranged) –

  • Phyllis Alexander leading a session (with Daniel Lyons and Andy Lymer) on where next for public tax education
  • David Massey, Amy Lawton, Ann Kayis-Kumar and Emer Mulligan on tax clinics and sharing their various experiences with running these.