The Ross Parsons Centre engages in research and inquiry into the impact of commercial, corporate and taxation law in Australia and the international community.
The Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law was founded in 2004 and engages in high-level research in commercial, corporate and taxation law. We are active in organising conferences and seminars, publications, sponsoring visits from international and Australian academics, encouraging research and building links with other institutions with similar goals.
The centre is open to academics of Sydney Law School and other institutions, and professionals in the public and private sector who are able to contribute to its work.
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The centre aims to undertake, promote and support innovative and important scholarship, including research, consultancy and advocacy in all areas of commercial, corporate and taxation law. These objectives will include work both within the University of Sydney, with other centres in Australia and overseas, with the legal profession more generally, and with the wider community, both in Australia and internationally.
The centre’s activities include:
The Parsons Centre tax program runs and participates in a wide variety of different research conferences, including work–in–progress (WIP) conferences held jointly with other universities or institutes. Below is a list of some of our past conferences.
The Centre has digitised historical sources relating to Australian and international taxation law, including:
This series provides detailed analysis of commercial, corporate, finance, securities and taxation law influences on the business world from a domestic and international perspective.
See our publications page for more details.
Publications that centre members have written can be found on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Please visit the links below for publications by centre members.
Ross Parsons was Professor of Law at the University of Sydney from 1961 to 1986. In that time he established the Australia paradigms for postgraduate coursework legal education and continuing professional development, as well as being Australia’s acknowledged leader in tax law research and a foremost scholar in commercial and corporate law.
The degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) was conferred upon Emeritus Professor Ross Parsons at a ceremony held on 12 October 1999 at the Law School.
His income tax notes became the crowning glory of his academic life, as encapsulated in his book, Income Taxation in Australia: Principles of Income Deductibility and Tax Accounting. This 1000-page treatise published by the Law Book Company in 1985 is still the source of much of the learning on income tax in Australia despite two decades of tax reform since, and is constantly quoted by judges in all levels of courts. It is available electronically.