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The IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law

Frans Vanistendael

IBFD wishes to promote outstanding scientific research output on international tax law. For this purpose, it decided to introduce the IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law, named after its well-esteemed former Academic Chairman, Prof. Dr Frans Vanistendael. Professor Vanistendael is renowned for producing academic content at the highest of scientific standards and has long been distinguished as one of the most far-sighted scholars in the field of international tax law.


I. Funding, focus and requirements

The proposed donation is EUR 10,000, plus a flat amount for travel and accommodation expenses incurred in attending the award ceremony (as long as the ceremony takes place on IBFD's premises).

II. Application and selection process for 2021

Eligible publications are all articles, books, book chapters and monographs on international tax law (including European Union tax law), in paper or digital format (with an ISBN or ISSN number), published in English between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020, which have provided an outstanding contribution to the development of international tax law. In case of doubt, the temporal criterion to ascertain eligibility is the date of the ISBN/ISSN.

Applications may be submitted by anyone (therefore not just by the author) by 31 December 2020 via email to

The jury decides on the winner of the award by a two-thirds majority. In case that majority cannot be reached after two rounds of votes, the decision is taken by a simple majority. 

III. Award information

The conferral of the 6th IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award took place online on 19 May 2020. 

Results 2020 Frans Vanistendael award

The 2020 edition was carried out with the support of the following jury members:

Pasquale Pistone (Chairman), Jennifer Roeleveld, Cliff Fleming, Cécile Brokelind, Adolfo Martin, Rick Krever, Patricia Brown, Manfred Mössner and Dikshit Sengupta . 

The following publications were shortlisted:

  • Arnold, B., The Evolution of Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules and Beyond, IBFD
  • Debelva, F. , International Double Taxation and the Right to Property: A Comparative, International and European Law Analysis, IBFD
  • Elliffe, C. , The meaning of the PPT: one ring to bind them all, IBFD 
  • Englisch, J. & Becker, J., International effective minimum taxation – The GLOBE Proposal, IBFD 
  • Lindenberg Schoueri, P., Conflicts of International Legal Framework in the Area of Harmful Tax Competition, IBFD 
  • Neto, L.F., Transfer pricing and deemed arm’s length approaches: A Proposal for Optional Safe Harbour Methods Based on Accurate Predetermined Margins of Profitability, IBFD
IBFD is pleased to announce that Brian Arnold (Canada) is the winner of the 6th IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for his article titled “The Evolution of Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules and Beyond”, published by IBFD in Bulletin for International Taxation in 2019.

Previous winners

View the 2019 winner and shortlist
View the 2018 winner and shortlist
View the 2017 winner and shortlist
View the 2016 winner and shortlist
View the 2015 winners and shortlist