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The IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law

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.


Professor Dr Wolfgang Schön is the 2016 winner of the IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law, with his publication: “Neutrality and Territoriality – Competing or Converging Concepts in European Tax Law?”, published in IBFD’s Bulletin for International Taxation (volume 69, issue no. 4/5, 2015).

We are now accepting submissions for the 2017 edition of the award. Please send us your submission, together with a short motivation letter, to before 31 December 2016. 

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.

Eligible publications are all articles and book chapters on international tax law (including EU tax law), in paper or digital format (with an ISBN or ISSN number), published in English between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016, which have provided an outstanding contribution to the development of international tax law.  

II. Application and selection process

In 2017, the recipient of the Frans Vanistendael award for International Tax Law will be selected by an international jury composed of: John Avery Jones, Reuven Avi-Yonah, Tsilly Dagan, Ana Paula Dourado, Marjaana Helminen, Rick Krever, Jörg Manfred Mössner, Pasquale Pistone(Chairman) and Luís Eduardo Schoueri.

III. Award information

The jury will decide 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 following publications were shortlisted for the second edition of the award:

  • A. Báez Moreno, The Taxation of Technical Services under the United Nations Model Double Taxation Convention: A Rushed – Yet Appropriate – Proposal for (Developing) Countries?, 7 World Tax J. 3 (2015), Journals IBFD
  • R. Lyal, Transfer Pricing Rules and State Aid, 38 Fordham Int'l L.J. 1017 (2015)
  • X. Oberson, International Exchange of Information in Tax Matters. Towards Global Transparency, Edward Elgar Publishing (2015)
  • W. Schön, Neutrality and Territoriality – Competing or Converging Concepts in European Tax Law?,  69 Bull. Intl. Taxn. 4/5 (2015), Journals IBFD
  • O. Weidmann, Taxation of Derivatives, Kluwer Law International (2015)