“Our faculty is not only academically excellent but also connected to the practice: private practice, tax authorities, government and the judiciary. Our ambition is to train highly-skilled, good international lawyers who stand out in the market and can make a difference!”
Sjoerd Douma has been appointed professor of International and European Procedural Tax Law at the ACTL, effective 1 October 2017. He will be combining his chair with his position as partner at Lubbers, Boer & Douma.
Sjoerd Douma is specialised in tax treaty law, EU tax law and procedural tax law. He analyses the legal instruments that states and international organisations deploy to prevent double taxation and double non-taxation, as well as the ways in which they can do so more effectively and which boundaries they must observe in doing so.
Before joining the UvA, Douma was a professor at Leiden University, where his duties included heading the Honours College Law. He has also taught at various universities, among them the Université de Panthéon-Assas in Paris. He is Deputy Justice at the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal.
Douma has been a partner with the law firm Lubbers, Boer & Douma since 2017. In 2004-2017 Douma worked as a tax consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers Belastingadviseurs N.V. Prior to that he was employed by the research department of the Dutch Supreme Court.
“Studying international tax law in one of the most relaxed cities in the world: a perfect combination.”
Dennis Weber is a professor of European corporate tax law at the University of Amsterdam, director and founder of the ACTL, and a guest lecturer at various universities worldwide. He is affiliated with Loyens & Loeff, where he heads the European tax law team and acts as a consultant, mainly to multinational organizations. He has been involved in numerous proceedings in the field of European tax law before the Dutch courts, the European Court of Justice and foreign courts. Dennis is also: one of the founders of the Group for European and International Taxation (GREIT); founder of the EU Tax Law Group (an independent group of tax lawyers focusing on European tax law); the coordinator of the international and European tax law programme of the Netherlands Association of Tax Lawyers (NOB); a board member of the NOB’s European tax law section; and the general editor and founder of the Journal Highlights & Insights on European Taxation. Dennis has published more than 60 articles on European tax law in national and international professional journals and has edited 17 books.
“The IBFD is very excited about joining forces with the University of Amsterdam to create an LLM with a teaching programme that is based firmly on the research activities of both institutions and offers a combined theoretical and practical analysis of international tax law.”
Prof. Dr Pasquale Pistone is the Academic Chairman of the IBFD and, in that capacity, member of the Executive Board of the EATLP (European Association of Tax Law Professors) and of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA (International Fiscal Association). He holds a Jean Monnet ad Personam Chair in European Tax Law and Policy at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) and is Associate Professor of Tax Law at the University of Salerno (Italy). Pasquale has been a member of the ECJ Task Force of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne since 2008, an honorary member of the Instituto Uruguayo de Estudios Tributarios since 2007 and an honorary member of the Malta Institute of Management since 2011. He is a founding member of the GREIT (Group for Research on European International Tax Law), of ILADT’s research project on a model tax convention for Latin-America, of WU Wien’s research project on international tax coordination and of the DeSTaT project on global fiscal transparency and developing countries (funded by the Norwegian Research Council).
“I am delighted that the longstanding relationship between the UvA and IBFD has resulted in such a promising LLM programme, a programme that takes a holistic and policy-oriented view to taxation and that perfectly fits the current era.”
Prof. Dr Stef van Weeghel is professor of international tax law at the ACTL (tenure since 2000). Stef graduated from the University of Leiden (business law, 1983; tax law, 1987) and obtained an LLM in taxation from New York University (1990). In 1997 he received a doctorate in law from the University of Amsterdam (PhD thesis: Improper Use of Tax Treaties).
At the University of Amsterdam his research focuses on tax treaty abuse and the interaction between domestic anti-avoidance rules and tax treaties. In 2010 he was the general reporter for Subject 1 (Tax treaties and tax avoidance: application of anti-avoidance provisions) at the IFA Congress in Rome. He has authored and co-authored several books and many articles on Dutch and international taxation and has lectured extensively in the Netherlands and internationally.
Stef is also Global Tax Policy leader at PwC. Before joining PwC, Stef was a partner at Linklaters (2007-2009) and associate and then partner at Stibbe (1987-2007). In 2000 Stef was a member of the Van Rooy Committee that advised the Dutch government on corporate income tax reform. In 2009/2010 he was chair of the Study Group Tax System, a committee that advised the Dutch government on comprehensive tax reform.
He was longtime member and then chair of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and chair of the Dutch branch of IFA. He is chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation.
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