Dr John Avery Jones is a retired Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) who, at the age of 75, is still engaged in resolving tax disputes as an arbitrator in his capacity as member of the Pump Court Tax Chambers Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel.
Dr Avery Jones has a long standing association with IBFD, serving on the board of trustees from 1989 to 2011, including as chairman from 1991 to 2002. On his seventieth birthday in 2010, his Festschrift, A Tax Polymath, was published by IBFD. Dr Avery Jones’ connection with IBFD dates back to 1981 when his first article was published in the European Taxation journal, and indirectly even further as his wife, Catherine Bobbett, worked for IBFD from 1977 to 1991, eventually working as head of the European Team (continuing thereafter as a freelance editor). Since then, numerous articles by Dr Avery Jones have been published, and he has contributed to well-known articles published by the International Tax Group.
Dr Avery Jones was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics from 1988 onwards, has taught courses in Leiden and Vienna and has given prestigious lec-tures, including the David Tillinghast Lecture on International Taxation at New York University School of Law in 1997 and the Klaus Vogel Lecture at Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2012. He has spoken at numerous conferences in many different parts of the world. Dr Avery Jones obtained a PhD from Cambridge Univer-sity in 1993 for his published works.
Dr Avery Jones has served on numerous committees concerned with tax, both in the UK and internationally, including as a member of the IFA Executive Committee from 1988 to 1994 and as chairman of its British Branch from 1989 to 1991. He has at-tended the IFA congress for the past forty years and chaired the popular joint OECD/IFA Seminar from 2001 to 2009.
Dr Avery Jones was an editor of the British Tax Review from 1972 to 1997 and cur-rently serves on its editorial advisory panel. He is also a member of the editorial advi-sory board of the International Tax Law Reports, and has served on a number of other editorial boards.
Dr Avery Jones has also won the IBFD Frans Vanistendael Award for International Tax Law with his article (written jointly with Jürgen Lüdicke) entitled “The Origins of Article 5(5) and 5(6) of the OECD Model.” He has taken a keen interest in tax history and how it illuminates the present, both in domestic tax law and tax treaties, and has presented a paper at every biennial tax history conference at Cambridge University since 2002.