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Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Tax Law, State-Building and the Constitution

The Faculty welcomes the news that Dr Dominic de Cogan has won second prize in the Peter Birks Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship for 2022, awarded by the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

Dr De Cogan's prize was won for his book Tax Law, State-Building and the Constitution, published by Hart Publishing in August 2020.

Tax Law, State-Building and the Constitution looks at how tax is intertwined with constitutional law and the state in the UK. It looks at a variety of topics including tax devolution, scrutiny and reform of tax legislation, the protection of taxpayers and the domestic legal processing of international rules and problems.

The Faculty also offered warm congratulations to the winner of the first prize, Professor Natasa Mavronicola (University of Birmingham). Natasa won the award for Torture, Inhumanity and Degradation under Article 3 of the ECHR: Absolute Rights and Absolute Wrongs (also published by Hart Publishing), which was based on her PhD research undertaken at the Faculty from 2014.

Responding to his award, Dr de Cogan said: "I'm still processing this news, but many thanks to the SLS panel for all their work in considering the shortlist, and to my colleagues at Hart Publishing, The Faculty of Law, Christ's College, and elsewhere for their help and advice. Many congratulations to the brilliant first prize winner Natasa Mavronicola and I can't wait to read this book too!"

The winners of the prizes were announced at the Annual Conference Dinner on Wednesday 7 September during the 113th Annual Conference hosted by King’s College London.