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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 dotation is EUR 10,000, plus a flat amount for travel and accommodation expenses incurred attending the award ceremony.

II. Application and selection process

The recipient of the 2018 Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law will be selected by an international jury composed of Reuven Avi-Yonah, Ana Paula Dourado, Marjaana Helminen, Yoshihiro Masui, Jörg Manfred Mössner, Pasquale Pistone (Chairman), John Prebble, Jennifer Roeleveld and Miranda Stewart. 

III. Award information

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

The conferral of the 4th IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award will take place in Amsterdam on 2 May 2018 during the closing ceremony of the Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF).

The following publications have been shortlisted:

  • Lilian V. Faulhaber, The Luxembourg Effect: Patent Boxes and the Limits of International Cooperation, 101 Minnesota Law Review 1641 (2017)
  • Christoph Marchgraber, Double (Non-)Taxation and EU Law (Wolters Kluwer 2017)
  • Wei Cui, Destination-Based Cash-Flow Taxation: A Critical Appraisal, 67 University of Toronto Law Journal 3 (2017)
  • Fernando Souza de Man, Taxation of Services in Treaties between Developed and Developing Countries, IBFD Doctoral Series (2017)
  • Luzius U. Cavelti, Christian Jaag and Tobias F. Rohner, Why Corporate Taxation Should Mean Source Taxation: A Response to the OECD's Actions against Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, 9 World Tax Journal 3 (2017)
  • Tsilly Dagan, International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation (Cambridge University Press 2017)
  • Craig West, References to the OECD Commentaries in Tax Treaties: A Steady March from “Soft” Law to “Hard” Law?, 9 World Tax Journal 1 (2017)

Previous winners
View the 2017 winner and shortlist
View the 2016 winner and shortlist
View the 2015 winners and shortlist