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03 - 04 May 2017Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)

In 2017, IBFD will organize the 15th edition of the meeting for doctoral researchers and the 6th edition of its postdoctoral (early career scholars) meeting.
Amsterdam - The Netherlands
Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)
The purpose of these meetings is to provide researchers with an opportunity to discuss their current research projects with leading academics and a select circle of colleagues. Participants benefit from tailored coaching provided by our panel of international tax professors, as well as from feedback provided by peers from around the world.

Our aim is to provide researchers with a forum to further their research in the field of taxation. 



Who should attend?


The DocMIT is designed for students working on their doctoral thesis in the field of international, European or comparative tax law. There are no age limits or requirements concerning the stage of development of theses.

Nevertheless, we expect all participants to have already made some substantial progress in their research and to have a good grasp of their subject, well-defined research questions, at least a first outline of their thesis and preferably some preliminary conclusions. Doctoral students should be at a stage where the external coaching and exchange of points are most valuable.

A maximum of 8 doctoral students will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of their research as stated in the synopsis.


The aim of the PITF is to provide a worldwide forum for young tax scholars from all over the world to meet and discuss their ongoing research projects. In order to qualify applicants must:

  • Have obtained their PhD
  • Be under the age of 50
  • Spend 30% or more of their work time on research-related activities (regardless of the place in which such activities are performed: universities, international organizations, institutes, research centres, etc.).
Candidates are expected to be in the process of developing a comprehensive research project on international, European or comparative taxation, preferably different from the one that granted them their doctoral degree. University professors and lecturers are particularly encouraged to apply. A maximum of 8 researchers will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of the research.


Individual coaching sessions

One of the key components of the meetings is the individual coaching sessions. Each participant will present an overview of his/her research project, and the specific details in terms of the findings made and/or obstacles faced. Participants are expected to highlight the most interesting and controversial issues in their research and to introduce some questions and/or
propositions specifically conceived to provoke discussion amongst the participants. The time should be equally split between the researcher’s findings so far and the outstanding issues and questions.

Participants will receive in advance a schedule specifying the date and time of each presentation. A PowerPoint template will be provided by IBFD for the selected candidates to create their presentations. The aforementioned template is designed to help the participants better structure their research, although deviations from it are permitted in order to highlight the relevant issues to be presented.

Participants (or IBFD researchers) with an interest in a similar or related topic may be invited, in advance, to prepare a short input statement on one of the presentations. After each input, feedback by the coaches and mentors will be given. The discussions aim to cover the individual topics presented as well as the common themes and connections between them.

Methodological sessions 
In addition to the presentations, we will have a special methodological session on academic writing. This will cover important topics such as the object of research, methodology, research plan, selection of materials, definition of the right output and insights into how to get published.
For the postdoctoral researchers, the methodological session will focus on writing for peer-reviewed journals. This will cover guidance on how to define the topic of the article and specific advanced guidance on the research element and how to define the conclusions, as well as on other aspects.

Please note that participation in all sessions is mandatory.

Interdisciplinary symposium on international taxation
Following the very positive experience of the last three years, this year we will once again host a symposium dedicated to fundamental interdisciplinary issues concerning international taxation. Both doctoral and postdoctoral researchers are invited to apply to speak at the symposium by presenting a high-quality paper and by delivering a 20-minute presentation based on the paper.

This year’s topic is “International Tax Justice”. The recent developments in the field of international taxation conducted by theOECD under the G20’s mandate, namely the BEPS Project and mutual assistance in exchange of information, depict a new world scenario with the aim of ending aggressive tax planning and facilitating a better alignment of taxation with the place of value creation. The current shift poses significant challenges for justice in a globalized world. With few exceptions, tax scholars have shied away from analysing whether the new OECD crackdowns on tax avoidance and evasion go far enough in achieving their aim of improving tax justice. Therefore, our symposium will attempt to explore the concept of tax justice in the post-BEPS era. Among other topics to be addressed, relevant papers may discuss a variety of research questions such as: What is the role of tax justice within the post-BEPS scenario? Is tax fairness a new standard to assess the implementation of BEPS? What is fairness in bilateral tax conventions? What is the interplay between tax neutrality and tax fairness? Will a multilateral tax instrument work as the “proper” toolkit to overcome the gap between developed and developing countries?

We welcome all scholars (doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and professors) to submit abstracts falling within the general theme of the symposium. Speakers will be selected on the basis of a brief explanation (no more than 500 words) and outline (draft table of contents), to be submitted together with their application to the meetings (DocMIT or PITF).

In the case that you are selected to speak at the symposium, you will work on the symposium article under the supervision of an author of repute in international taxation, with the goal of publishing a high-quality article in an appropriate IBFD journal.

IBFD will make a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation of the selected symposium speakers.

Methodological sessions 
In addition to the presentations and the symposium, we will have a special methodological session on academic writing. This will cover important topics such as the object of research, methodology, research plan, selection of the materials, definition of the right output and insights into how to get published.

For the postdoctoral researchers, the methodological session will focus on writing for peer-reviewed journals. This will cover guidance on how to define the topic for the article, specific advanced guidance for the research, definition of the conclusions and other aspects. 

Please note that participation in all sessions is mandatory. 
Research stays at the IBFD Library 
The IBFD Library has the largest collection of international tax publications in the world. Although research at the Library during the meeting days is almost impossible due to the tight programme of the DocMIT and PITF, we suggest you combine your attendance at the meetings with a research stay at the Library. Please let us know in advance about the length of your stay
(to take place either before or after the meeting) and we will gladly assist you with the arrangements and in securing a workstation at IBFD’s Library.

Panel of experts

Both meetings will feature panels of renowned experts in international, European and comparative tax law. In the last few years we have had the honour to host:

  • Prof. Hugh Ault – Em. Professor at Boston College Law School
  • Prof. Pasquale Pistone – Academic Chairman of IBFD; Jean Monnet ad personam Professor at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, WU Vienna, Austria and Professor at the University of Salerno, Italy
  • Prof. Rainer Prokisch – Professor at Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Prof. María Teresa Soler Roch – Professor at the University of Alicante, Spain
  • Prof. Frans Vanistendael – Em. Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Dennis Weber – Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Stef van Weeghel – Professor at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Chairman of the IBFD Board of Trustees; Tax Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Dr Joanna Wheeler – Senior Principal Research Associate of the Academic Department, IBFD
  • Prof. Bertil Wiman – Professor of Tax Law at Uppsala University, Sweden; Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP)
  • Prof. Adolfo Martín Jiménez – Professor of Tax Law at University of Cadiz
  • Prof. Reuven Avi-Yonah – Irwin I Cohn Professor of law at University of Michigan Law School

The meetings will take place at the IBFD Head Office in Amsterdam on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 May from 8:30 to 18:30. 

In addition to the scientific part, we have also arranged a social programme for the participants. This encloses a boat tour and drinks. Please note that on Tuesday 2 May, we will enjoy our traditional Boat Tour (17:40 to 20:00), and on Wednesday 3 May, we will have the DocMIT and PITF drinks (17h30 to 19h00). 

Application requirements


In order to apply, please send us via email:


  • A short CV (see infra)
  • The synopsis of your research (please follow this template)
  • A scanned version of the certificate of enrolment in an official PhD programme 


In order to apply, please send us via email:


  • A short CV (see infra)
  • The synopsis of your research (please follow this template)
  • A scanned version of your PhD certificate 

Please note:

  • The CV should include: contact details (phone number and email address) a full list of your academic degrees; universities or research institutes of affiliation; name(s) and contact details of supervisor(s); the working title of your doctoral or postdoctoral research project; start and expected end dates of the research; a list of academic publications and teaching assignments (if applicable).
  • Those also applying to speak at the interdisciplinary symposium should also include a brief explanation of the proposed article (no more than 500 words) and of its outline (draft table of contents).
  • For those who have already participated in previous editions of the meetings, participation is still possible insofar that the topic of the research is substantially different; nonetheless, priority will be given to those who have not attended before.


Prior to the meeting, all participants will receive by email:  
  • information to prepare for their research stay in Amsterdam
  • the final schedule of the meeting
  • all synopses and PowerPoint’s of the participants. Everyone is expected to read carefully the materials in advance in order to provide useful feedback

Important Information

  • The official language of both meetings is English.
  • We normally confirm receipt of all emails within 2 working days. If you do not receive a confirmation within this time frame, please contact us via phone.
  • Non-EU citizens should check with local authorities for the documents and authorizations required for travelling. If needed, we will gladly provide in advance a letter of invitation to be included in such proceedings. Please mention whether you require this upon application.
  • No fee will be charged for attending the meeting and you will also be invited to participate in a social programme. Participants will be entitled to use IBFD’s restaurant and communal spaces. Travel, accommodation and other expenses are to be covered by the participants (except for those selected as speakers at the symposium, who will be entitled to a contribution towards travel and accommodation costs).
  • Wi-Fi connection will not be available during the meetings.

Deadlines and time frame

  • Monday 14 November 2016: Applications for the DocMIT and PITF, and to be a speaker at the symposium
  • Friday 9 December 2016: Announcement of the selected participants and of the speakers at the symposium
  • Friday 7 April 2017: Submission of PowerPoint presentations and of the revised synopses (and, for the speakers at the symposium, the final drafts of the papers).


Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
Dr João Nogueira
Adjunct to the Academic Chairman, IBFD
+31-20-554 0103
Dr Ricardo García
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, IBFD
+31-20-554 0100