Human rights, exploitation and international taxation


Chancellor Day Hall Stephen Scott Seminar Room (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism invites you to an O’Brien Fellows in Residence seminar with Professor Laurens van Apeldoorn (Leiden U., The Netherlands), organized in collaboration with the H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation.


What is the impact of exploitation in the supply chains of multi-national enterprises on the appropriate allocation of corporate income tax revenue to jurisdictions where these enterprises are active? This presentation will develop a concept of exploitation based on the violation of the right to a living wage, put this in the context of discussions of transfer mispricing in multinational enterprises, and consider the economic dimension of the allocation of corporate income tax revenue in relation to public goods provision in low-income countries where exploitation occurs.

About the speaker

Laurens van Apeldoorn is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a member of the Centre for Political Philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He specialises in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought. He studied at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Edinburgh and London School of Economics before obtaining a DPhil degree in Political Theory at the University of Oxford (2011). His research interests include early modern political thought, in particular the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, and contemporary political theory, and more recently, international taxation in relation to global justice. He is currently visiting McGill's Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism as an O'Brien Fellow in Residence (Sept-Dec 2017).