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Call For Papers -- 13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation 

13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation

September 20-22, 2012, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, Vancouver, Canada

The University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, the UBC National Centre for Business Law, and the UBC Centre for Law and the Environment invite the submission of papers and abstracts for the 13th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, to be held in Vancouver, Canada, on September 20-22, 2012. The theme for this conference is Environmental Taxation: Barriers, Opportunities, and the Potential for Inducing Technological Innovation. This conference includes a special call for papers for consideration for special plenary session, and for a $2500 best paper prize on technological innovation and greenhouse gas reduction, described below.

THEME: We welcome the submission of papers and abstracts that broadly relate to this three-part theme. Barriers to Environmental Taxation (ET) may be political, psychological, or may take some other form, and generally identify obstacles to political or administrative adoption. Opportunities for ET speak to circumstances that may provide unusually favorable conditions for adoption of ET, like weak economic conditions and sovereign debt crises that have left governments scrambling to find new sources of revenue. And finally, the potential of ET to induce technological innovation to reduce emissions is a vital economic and environmental issue that has become a central driver to environmental policy and climate change policy.

PAPER DETAILS: With the generous support of Carbon Management Canada, the 13th GCET includes a special call for papers on the potential for ET to induce technological progress in reducing greenhouse gases. While the rest of the conference will consist of concurrent sessions, three papers will be selected to be a part of a special plenary panel discussion. Out of the three, one paper will be selected for a special prize of $1000 (Cdn) as the paper providing the most original and substantial contribution to climate policy and technological innovation. In addition, the winner of the special prize will receive a $1500 (Cdn) travel allowance to be applied to travel to this conference. Submissions pursuant to this special call must be in the form of a paper, not an abstract. As with the general call, please make your submission on the conference website by April 15, 2012. Papers selected for this special call will be made on a blind review basis, so please upload a copy of your paper without identifying information, such as your name or institution. But make sure that your paper title matches the title that you type into the box on the submission page - that is our only way of linking your paper to you! Papers submitted in response to this special call but not selected will automatically be considered for concurrent sessions.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Papers should not exceed 5000 words, including figures, tables, footnotes, endnotes, and other references. Submissions must be made in pdf format and from the conference website: http://www.law.ubc.ca/events/gcet. No mail or paper submissions will be accepted. Notification as to acceptance or rejection will be made on or before June 15, 2012. Some abstracts or papers will be accepted on a rolling basis, so that some early notifications will be made. Thus, some will be able to register for the conference under the Early Bird rate of $425 knowing that their abstract or paper has been accepted. Submitting early may thus be to your advantage.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Questions may be directed to: envtax@law.ubc.ca

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