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New York University and the Center for Human Rights & Global Justice recently hosted an international conference on taxation and human rights. The conference coincided with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly debate and was attended by United Nations personnel and tax and human rights scholars and practitioners from around the world.

It is wonderful to see more interdisciplinary work (both academic and professional) on the convergence of human rights and taxation. Some of the human rights organizations involved in this emerging area include: the Center for Economic and Social Rights ( and Oxfam International (

The integration of several key human rights instruments into the discussions of tax policy and human rights, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights ( and, on a more regional level, the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR Factsheet on relationship: is becoming more common.

For more information about the material presented and discussed at the “Human Rights and Tax in an Unequal World” conference-

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