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Academic Publications

Through its publications, IBFD Academic promotes the dissemination of knowledge of international tax law. These publications are geared towards all members of the international tax community with an interest in scientific research on tax matters. IBFD Academic currently offers both books and a periodical.


IBFD Academic publishes state-of-the-art books that cover a wide range of topics in international, European and comparative taxation. Through a comprehensive system of internal review, IBFD’s team of experts ensures that the content of each book meets the highest academic standards and provides long-lasting impact.

Book series

Doctoral Series

True to its mission of disseminating knowledge of international taxation and promoting the study of taxation in general, IBFD has taken the initiative to make available to a wider audience a series of books based on doctoral theses.

The IBFD Doctoral Series accepts contributions that enhance the international academic tax debate and meet the highest academic standards. Publication is limited to those theses that are not only in line with the highest scientific standards but are also groundbreaking and of lasting impact. In order to ensure top quality, every thesis published in the series undergoes both internal and external single-blind peer review.

Books published in the IBFD Doctoral Series are assessed on the following criteria:

  • they achieve particularly original research results;
  • they include a significant innovative component;
  • they are based on a thorough knowledge of the existing literature on the topic(s); and
  • they have a particularly strong, long-lasting impact on European, international or comparative tax law.

Manuscripts may be submitted for publication in the Doctoral Series once the doctoral thesis has been submitted but before the defence. Any publication is subject to a successful defence. Submissions, accompanied by a short CV and cover letter, may be sent to the editors at

Meet the Editors:
Prof. Dr. Pasquale Pistone, Academic Chairman, IBFD, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Craig West, IBFD, Netherlands and Associate Professor at University of Cape Town, South Africa

EATLP Series

IBFD continues its active support of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP) . In addition to hosting the headquarters of the EATLP, this support includes an active commitment to publish the national, topical and general reports drafted by leading scholars throughout Europe for the annual EATLP congresses (which, each year, address a different tax topic).

The EC and International Tax Law Series

This series comprises monographs focusing on issues of European and tax treaty law, with a special focus on the interplay between tax law and other branches of law, primarily comparative and public international law. Each volume of the series deals, in a comprehensive manner, with a pressing topic of European and tax treaty law, including both topical analyses and national reports from selected jurisdictions.

The GREIT Series

This series comprises monographs that gather the proceedings of the annual congresses organized by GREIT – the Group for Research on European and International Taxation. These monographs address pressing topics in European and International taxation and aim to foster new scientific developments in those specific areas.

GREIT is an open initiative, comprising a network of scholars who perform independent research and whose objective is to initiate dialogue on the future of tax law research and stimulate debate between researchers from different areas of law and economics.

The WU Vienna Series

This series emerges as a corollary of the long-standing relationship between IBFD and the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law of the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Vienna, Austria).

The series comprises a wide range of scientific writings, including theses, conference proceedings and monographs, emerging as a result of collaborative research projects in international, European and comparative taxation.

Meet the Editor:
Prof. Dr Michael Lang, Head of WU Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna, Austria

Other academic books and stand-alone publications

IBFD also publishes other outstanding academic contributions on topics where research and diffusion are considered essential for the international tax community. In some cases, the stand-alone publications are the results of high-level scientific conferences or seminars in international, European and comparative taxation.



World Tax Journal

This scientific journal, published four times a year, is a platform for first-rate academic research covering international, comparative and regional (e.g. European) taxation from a legal and economic perspective. The journal's authors are drawn from the worldwide community of tax academics in law and economics, policymakers and professionals, as well as IBFD staff. A special effort is made to enable young authors to publish their work, provided it meets the editorial standards.


The Global Tax Treaty Commentaries

The IBFD Global Tax Treaty Commentaries (GTTC) is the authoritative source for analysis of and commentary on tax treaty practices across the globe. This peer-reviewed, cutting-edge publication is authored by world-class scholars and other tax professionals.

As theory and practice do not always coincide, this publication covers not only the model conventions but also the most important variations in signed treaties, as well as diverging national tax treaty policies. The commentaries are based on the perspectives of internationally renowned experts on each article of the OECD Model, with input from tax treaty experts from over 20 countries. The GTTC gives a complete picture of the realities of everyday international tax treaty practice and also includes recent instruments such as tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs).

The GTTC will eventually consist of 27 chapters dedicated to a particular article of the OECD Model and 8 chapters on important meta-topics relating to the models and tax treaties in general, including treaty Interpretation, non-discrimination and conflicts of qualification. By weaving all these aspects together, and in combination with seamless links to the IBFD Tax Research Platform, the GTTC offers tax experts – from the advisory and corporate sectors to government and the judiciary and academic institutions – a rich tapestry of information unmatched by any existing product.




Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights
To operate as a neutral, non-judgmental platform for monitoring developments concerning the effective protection of taxpayers’ fundamental rights in the world.


There is now a clear and undeniable relationship between human rights and taxation with human rights directly influencing different facets of the tax relationship, both materially and formally. Human rights materially influence the concept of “fair” taxation to balance the effective enjoyment of the fundamental rights of the people, in conditions of freedom and dignity (such as education, health, work, etc.) against the adequate financing of State activity aimed at the procurement of essential public services.  Human rights facilitate the formal recognition of a taxpayer’s position vis-à-vis tax claims and, therefore, their right to participation and defense in administrative and judicial proceedings related to the assessment of the tax liability.  Human rights further assist to define the relationships between the Tax Administration and individuals.
Globalization and the growing internationalization of Tax Law has added further complexity to the analysis.  The balance between prevention of international multiple taxation (the result of cross border transactions in an environment of growing globalization) and the fight (of States) against international tax avoidance, tax evasion and tax fraud (particularly evident during the BEPS Project) has resulted in the development of a tangled network of “hard” and “soft” law regulations.  Human rights considerations unquestionably play a critical role in ensuring freedom and dignity with respect to the interpretation and application of such regulations.


Student discount information

As an independent, non-profit organization, IBFD has a long-standing history of supporting and contributing to tax research and academic activities. Within this framework, and in an effort to promote the dissemination of knowledge, IBFD offers students a 50% discount on many of its book titles.


To take advantage of the student discount, simply go the IBFD web shop and choose the book(s) you would like to order. Once you have made your selection, send an email to Customer Support listing the books you wish to order, together with your full name and mailing address details (incl. telephone number) for delivery and invoicing. If applicable, please provide your VAT number as well. Finally, to ensure that the discount is applied, don’t forget to include a scanned copy of your valid student ID card.