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Charitable un-educational objects


Dal Pont, GE, Charitable un-educational objects, Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law, 6, (1) pp. 191-219. ISSN 2368-4046 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Judges appear to have stipulated a ‘merits’ test when it comes to public benefit underscoring education as a charitable object. The same is not evident in, say, objects directed to relieving poverty or advancing religion. At the same time, courts have progressively broadened the concept of ‘education’ for the purposes of charity law. This may present a tension between what is ‘educational’ and what is ‘beneficial’ in the charity sphere. Lacking more than a perfunctory coverage of this issue in the literature, it is appropriate to probe the rationales and parameters of the ‘merits’ test, with a view to developing an understanding of how education intersects with charity law. This is pursued by reference to three primary scenarios where contention has focused: (1) where the object is allegedly irrational or nonsensical; (2) where a donor has sought to establish a perpetual display of his or her possessions; and (3) bequests of funds for publication of (usually the donor’s) work.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:charities, education, merit, public benefit
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Private law and civil obligations
Research Field:Equity and trusts law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Dal Pont, GE (Professor Gino Dal Pont)
ID Code:142207
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-12-22
Last Modified:2021-05-19

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