Prof. Dr Carlos E. Weffe is Managing Editor of the Global Tax Treaty Commentaries (GTTC) and Scientific Coordinator of the Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights (OPTR). He obtained his law degree from Andrés Bello Catholic University, in Caracas, and holds an LLM in Tax Law and a PhD in Law from the Central University of Venezuela. From 2016-2017, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at IBFD.
Prior to joining IBFD, Prof. Dr Weffe was partner in a Venezuelan local firm, Associate Legal Director of Deloitte Venezuela, Legal Tax Affairs Manager of Coca-Cola FEMSA Venezuela, lawyer for Andersen Legal Venezuela and associate lawyer in a major Venezuelan local firm. In the field of public administration, he was an external advisor for the municipalities of Baruta and Chacao, General Counsel for the Municipality of Chacao Tax Administration and Counsel for the Municipal Attorney General’s Office of the municipalities of Chacao (Miranda State) and Libertador (Federal District), also in Venezuela. Prof. Dr Weffe also has experience as a commercial arbitrator at the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VenAmCham) Arbitration Centre, and he has served as an expert witness regarding tax matters in ICSID international investment arbitration.
Prof. Dr Weffe is a tenured associate professor in the department of Public Finance (Budgetary and Tax Law) (of which he served as head from 2010-2016), professor of Human Rights and Taxation in the PhD in Law and professor of Criminal Tax Law in the LLM in Tax Law at the Central University of Venezuela. In addition, Prof. Dr Weffe is professor of Tax Law at Monteávila University, where he is also the director of the Centre for Financial and Tax Law Studies. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Constitutional and Administrative Law, Criminal Tax Law, Procedural Tax Law and International Tax Law at Andrés Bello Catholic University, the Metropolitan University, the Institute of Higher Administration Studies (IESA), the Catholic University of Táchira, Fermín Toro University and the National University Institute of Public Administration and Treasury (ENAHP-IUT).
Prof. Dr Weffe is a member of the Latin American Tax Law Institute (ILADT) (as a member of its Executive Board (Directorio) from 2014-2016), the Panamanian Financial and Tax Law Association (APADEFT), the Mexican Academy of Tax Law (AMDF) and the Venezuelan Tax Law Association (AVDT) (as a member of its Executive Board (Consejo Directivo) from 2007-2009 and 2011-2017, and as the coordinator of the Criminal Tax Law Committee from 2008-2010). He is a member of the editorial board of the Tax Topics Collection of the Panamerican University (Mexico) and of the Research and Legal Advice Electronic Review and the Faculty of Law Review of Andrés Bello Catholic University. From 2014-2017, Prof. Dr Weffe was the scientific coordinator of the Liber Amicorum: Homage to Gabriel Ruan Santos, an AVDT publication that deals with current trends in tax law and administrative law in Venezuela and, from 2007-2009, he was a member of the editorial board of the Venezuelan Tax Law Journal. He has lectured extensively at conferences in Venezuela and abroad. He has been National Technical Communicator or National Reporter for Venezuela, as well as a speaker in a number of seminars, at multiple ILADT Conferences since 2008.
Prof. Dr Weffe has authored three books and has published several papers and book chapters on tax law, constitutional tax law, criminal tax law, tax procedures, constitutional law, philosophy of law and legal theory. His book Penal Guarantees and Tax Law in Venezuela (Garantismo y Derecho Penal Tributario en Venezuela) was awarded the 2011 Annual Award of the Academy of Political and Social Sciences of Venezuela, the most important legal research award in the country. Two of his essays presented for promotion in the professorial ranks of the Central University of Venezuela, one regarding tax fraud in VAT and the other on the relationship between criminal law and tax law, were awarded Honourable Mentions by the jury. His academic work has also received two Honourable Mentions (in 2004 and 2005) for the Marco Ramírez Murzi Award, granted by the Venezuelan Association of Tax Law for excellence in academic research in tax law.
Prof. Dr Weffe is fluent in Spanish and English, and he has a basic knowledge of German.