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Tax Havens and International Human Rights.

Author: Paul Beckett
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Series: Human Rights and International Law
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book sails in uncharted waters. It takes a human rights-based approach to tax havens, and is a detailed analysis of structures and the laws that generate and support these. It makes plain the unscrupulous or merely indifferent ways in which, using tax havens, businesses and individuals systematically undermine and for all practical purposes eliminate access to remedies under international human rights law. It  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Beckett
ISBN: 131721093X 9781317210931
OCLC Number: 1005578117
Description: 1 online resource (210 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Dedication""; ""Table of Contents""; ""Acknowledgements""; ""Introduction""; ""1 Overview of tax havens and international finance centres""; ""2 Offshore structures: accountability avoidance""; ""3 Beneficial ownership avoidance""; ""4 Tax avoidance and tax evasion""; ""5 The Isle of Man and the international human rights continuum""; ""6 Switzerland: illicit financial flows, womenâ#x80;#x99;s rights and gender equality""; ""7 Concluding recommendations""
Series Title: Human Rights and International Law

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This book sails in uncharted waters. It takes a human rights-based approach to tax havens, and is a detailed analysis of structures and the laws that generate and support these. It makes plain the unscrupulous or merely indifferent ways in which, using tax havens, businesses and individuals systematically undermine and for all practical purposes eliminate access to remedies under international human rights law. It exposes as abusive of human rights a complex structural web of trusts, companies, partnerships, foundations, nominees and fiduciaries; secrecy, immunity and smoke screens. It also lays bare the cynical manipulation by tax havens of traditional legal forms and conventions, and the creation of entities so bizarre and chimeric that they defy classification. Yet from the perspective of the tax havens themselves, these are entirely legitimate; the product of duly enacted domestic laws. This book is not a work of investigative journalism in the style of the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of The Panama Papers, exposing political or financial corruption, money laundering or the financing of terrorism. All those elements are present of course, but the focus is on international human rights and how tax havens do not merely facilitate but actively connive at their breach. The tax havens are compromising the international human rights legal continuum.

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'Paul Beckett dares to link two themes that most will not associate: human rights and tax havens. This is long overdue. As he argues, we cannot appraise the cost of tax havens solely in monetary Read more...

 
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