Kathryn James


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Kathryn teaches and researches in taxation law and policy. She has expertise in the value added tax (VAT) or goods and services tax (GST) and her research is focused on the interplay between tax law and policy and questions of distributive justice. 

Kathryn is a Discovery Early Career Research fellow from December 2019 to December 2024 for a project that examines - Whether Australia Can and Should Reform the GST (DE190100346).

The project builds upon her research to date that has focused on explaining the rapid global rise of the VAT/GST. Her book, The Rise of the Value-Added Tax (Cambridge University Press, 2015), provided the first comprehensive account of the rise of the VAT and was informed by various disciplinary perspectives including politics, history, economics and the law. Kathryn was the inaugural recipient of the Graham Hill International Fiscal Association Research Prize for the outstanding quality of the doctoral research upon which the project was based.

Kathryn has published on tax law and policy including publications in the British Tax Review, Australian Tax Forum, Australian Tax Review and Theoretical Inquiries in Law. She has presented a number of papers on taxation law and policy including at Cambridge University, Tel Aviv University, UCLA and the University of British Columbia.

Kathryn holds a PhD in taxation law, a first class honours degree in law and a Bachelor of Arts. She was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and her professional background encompasses experience working with the Australian Government Solicitor, the Commonwealth government and the Victorian parliament. She is an active volunteer and has a long-standing association with the Springvale Monash Legal Service.

A selection of Kathryn's papers is available at: http://ssrn.com/author=1747147

Monash teaching commitment

LAW 5006 Principles of property law SEM2/T3

Research area keywords

  • Tax law and policy
  • property law
  • administrative law
  • distributive justice


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