Svetislav V. Kostić is a postdoctoral research fellow at IBFD, where he focuses on tax treaty issues. He is also a docent at the University of Belgrade Law School (in the Tax Law and International Tax Treaty Law courses), teaching at both undergraduate and master’s levels.
Having earned his master’s degree, Dr Kostić also defended his doctorate summa cum laude at the University of Belgrade Law School. His thesis in the field of international tax law examines the prohibition of discrimination in international taxation of income and capital. In 2008, Dr Kostić earned an LLM degree in International Taxation from the New York University School of Law. His research is focused on issues in international tax policy, transfer pricing, tax treaties, EU tax law, taxpayers’ rights and comparative tax law. He has published papers (including those subjected to anonymous peer review) in prestigious journals, such as Intertax (Kluwer Law), European Taxation (IBFD), Tax Notes International (United States), Annals of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law (Serbia), etc. He is also co-author of a monograph on Serbian tax treaties.
Dr Kostić teaches on various topics in international and EU tax law at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. He has also lectured at several universities worldwide (New York University School of Law, University of Amsterdam in collaboration with IBFD, University of Ljubljana and Sarajevo University). He is a member of the Practice Council of the New York University School of Law LLM in International Taxation and the Council of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law.
Until 2016, Dr Kostić also held the post of Director with Deloitte Serbia Tax Services. He was one of the founders of the Serbian branch of the International Fiscal Association (Srpsko fiskalno društvo – Serbian Fiscal Society), currently in the capacity of Secretary-General. Dr Kostić is also experienced in training the staff of tax administrations in Serbia, the Republic of Srpska, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Macedonia. He was also a member of working groups set up by the Ministry of Finance for the amendment of tax regulations.