The IBFD Academic Department convenes two annual international congresses devoted to critical topics in the areas of international, European and comparative taxation. Speakers are selected from the top experts in the international tax community with regard to their specialist experience in the relevant subject areas.
These congresses are open to a general audience. Due to the capacity of the venue, registration is normally required in advance.
Research Students Meetings
The meetings are structured into a number of sessions, which typically run over 2 to 3 days. These sessions provide doctoral and postdoctoral researchers with the opportunity to discuss their research with leading academics and a select circle of colleagues, and receive tailored coaching to provide useful insights. The unique setting at IBFD also enables participants to build and increase their network of international contacts.
Admission is through application. All interested researchers should submit a short CV and a synopsis of their research. Participation is free of charge, but participants are expected to arrange for their own travel and accommodation.
See more details about the IBFD Doctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers Meeting and to download the 2017 programme.
Tax Knowledge Sharing Sessions
The Academic Department has been actively engaged from the very beginning in the development of the new institutional framework of the Tax Knowledge Sharing sessions. As well as providing support in planning: i) Prof. Jan de Goede (Chair) and Dr João Nogueira (Academic Secretary) are also members of the TKS Implementation Group; ii) The Academic Chairman is, ex officio, and together with the Director of Tax Services and the Director of the Knowledge Centre, a member of the TKS Supervisory Board; these meetings are chaired by Prof. Jan de Goede.
IBFD-KU Leuven Moot Court Competition
Every year, sixteen teams of up to four students take part in this exciting experience. Firstly, students have to examine an hypothetical case and submit written memoranda, on behalf of the taxpayer and on behalf of the tax administration. Afterwards, and already in Leuven, they have to plead twice: once on behalf of the taxpayer and the second time on behalf of the tax administration. The six best ranked teams pass to the second qualification phase, where they have to plead the same case twice (again, on behalf of the taxpayer and of the tax authorities). The two highest ranked teams pass to the final, where they have about 36 hours to prepare oral pleadings on a totally new case. The pleadings take place before real tax judges, who assess which team should be the winner of the competition.
Other external conferences and seminars