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Academic Activities

Each year, IBFD Academic organizes many events, including congresses, academic symposia and researchers' meetings.

In-House Activities


Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights (OPTR) - Launch of the 2019 General Report

The launch of the 2019 OPTR report, in cooperation with The Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (NOB) and the CFE Tax Advisers Europe (Confédération Fiscale Européenne). 


Annual Congress

IBFD Academic 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 required in advance.

Duets on International Taxation: Single Taxation? and Distinguished Lecture: Let's Kick the Tires, 5-6 October 2017

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Research Students Meetings

Since 2001, IBFD Academic has hosted annual meetings of doctoral students writing a thesis on a subject in comparative, international or European taxation. In 2012, the scope of these meetings was expanded to include postdoctoral researchers. Many successful researchers consider these meetings a landmark in their projects, as they provide participants with a unique opportunity to meet doctoral candidates and scholars from around the world. The meetings take place at the IBFD headquarters in Amsterdam.

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 to receive tailored coaching to provide useful insights. The unique setting at IBFD also enables participants to expand 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.

Tax Knowledge Sharing Sessions

Every 2 weeks, IBFD organizes an internal seminar in which interesting topics on cross-border or domestic taxation are discussed. The topic is introduced by a speaker (who can be a member of our staff or a guest), and a brief Q&A and brainstorming session follows.

External Activities

IBFD Academic is also involved in a wide array of stand-alone and recurring academic activities. Among the recurring activities are the following:


IFA Seminar Dialogues on Internation Taxation

Each year, during the annual IFA Congress, the IBFD Dialogues on International Taxation Seminar focuses on specifc key issues in international taxation.

IBFD-KU Leuven Moot Court Competition

IBFD supports the University of Leuven in the organization of the European and International Tax Moot Court Competition. In June 2013, IBFD and KU Leuven signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to consolidate the cooperation between the institutions, which had taken place for several years without any formal agreement.

Every year, sixteen teams of up to four students take part in this exciting experience. First, students have to examine a hypothetical case and submit written memoranda on behalf of the taxpayer and on behalf of the tax administration. Second, in Leuven, students have to plead twice: once on behalf of the taxpayer and once on behalf of the tax administration. The six highest ranked teams pass to the second qualification phase, where they have to plead the same case twice more (again, once on behalf of the taxpayer and once on behalf of the tax administration). 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

IBFD Academic is also actively engaged in external scientific activities. Members of our team are regularly invited to present the results of their research in conferences, seminars and other scientific meetings across the globe.