Frans Vanistendael is Professor Emeritus of the Catholic University Leuven, Belgium. He taught national and international taxation (1971-2012) and was dean of the faculty (1999-2005). He was founder and president of the European Law Faculties Association, founding member of the European Association of Tax Law Professors and secretary-general of the association (2007-2013). He was a member of the Executive Committee (2001-2007) and of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA (2007-2013), and Director of the European Tax College (2000-2013).
Prof. Vanistendael served as cabinet adviser to several ministers of finance in Belgium, as Royal Commissioner of Tax Reform (1987), as member of the Ruding Committee on Corporate Tax Harmonisation in the EU (1992), and as consultant with the OECD, IMF and European Commission. He has written more than 400 books and articles on various tax subjects and was Editor-in-Chief of the EC Tax Review and of IBFD’s World Tax Journal until his retirement as Academic Chairman of IBFD.