Hamish Russell Wins First Annual Amartya Sen Prize

Published: November 26, 2014

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First-year Toronto PhD student Hamish Russell was one of the winners of the first annual Amartya Sen Prize, a prize jointly administered by Yale’s Global Justice Program, Academics Stand Against Poverty, and Global Financial Integrity.

Hamish’s winning essay, “Abusive Tax Avoidance and Responsibilities of Tax Professionals”, was co-authored with Professor Gillian Brock of the University of Auckland, where Hamish completed his BA in 2013; their essay shared first place with an essay by Max Everest-Phillips, Director of the United Nations Development Programme Global Centre for Public Service Excellence.

The Sen prizes were awarded on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at a conference at Yale University, where Hamish delivered his paper. Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who also spoke at the event, described it as “a
very interesting conference on a critically important subject — with a number of fine contributions, including two powerful papers from the prize winners.”

Congratulations Hamish!

Details on the prize available here and here.