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01 - 02 May 2018Doctoral Meeting of Researchers in International Taxation (DocMIT) and Postdoctoral International Tax Forum (PITF)

In 2018, IBFD will organize the 16th edition of the meeting for doctoral researchers and the 7th 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 the DocMIT and PITF 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. We will also host an interdisciplinary Symposium, which will allow four of the DocMIT and PITF participants to present an article written under the mentorship of a well-known tax professor, with the ultimate goal of publishing it in IBFD’s peer-reviewed World Tax Journal.

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 of view are most valuable.

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

The aim of the PITF is to provide a 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 eight researchers will be admitted. Applications will be selected on the basis of the quality and originality of the research.
Interdisciplinary symposium on international taxation
Following the very positive experience of the last four years, this year we will once again host a Symposium dedicated to fundamental interdisciplinary issues concerning international taxation. Accordingly, four researchers will be selected to write a high-quality paper and deliver a 20-minute presentation based on the paper, under the mentorship of a prestigious professor of tax law, with the ultimate goal of publishing it in IBFD’s World Tax Journal. Since we will be commemorating the 80th jubilee of IBFD with a conference on “Practical Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights” on 3 and 4 May 2018, this year’s Symposium makes the attempt to shed light on whether taxpayers’ rights are effectively protected in their dealings with tax authorities.
In cooperation with IBFD’s Observatory for Taxpayers’ Rights, we have singled out the following titles: (1) Does the CbC reporting affect the confidentiality and the freedom of commerce rights? (2) Right of not to self-incriminate vs. duty of submitting information to the tax administration: Is it possible to set boundaries between them? (3) The minimum vitale principle
and the interest of revenue authorities in enforcing the payment of taxes: The case of non-compliant taxpayers; (4) Protection of the taxpayer’s rights during the exchange of information between tax authorities; (5) Taxpayers’ rights in the European Union and, in particular, in the Commission proposal for a Directive on double taxation dispute resolution mechanisms in the European Union (COM(2016)686); and (6) Taxpayers’ rights and implementation of BEPS.
We welcome all scholars (doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and professors) to submit abstracts (no more than 500 words) and a draft table of contents falling within one of the titles proposed. From the applications received, we will select the best four proposals. You can submit proposals to all of the six titles described above, as we will select the best applications per title (and then will select the four best applications).
IBFD will make a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation of the selected Symposium speakers.
Individual coaching sessions (DocMIT and PITF)
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 to be used by the selected candidates in creating their presentations. This template is designed to help the participants better structure their research, although deviations from it are permitted in order to highlight 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 (DocMIT)
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.
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 programmes 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 meetings), and we will gladly assist you with the arrangements and in securing a workstation at the Library.


Panel of experts
The 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, United States
  • Prof. Reuven Avi-Yonah – Irwin I. Cohn Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, United States
  • Prof. Tsilly Dagan – Bar-Ilan University, Israel
  • Prof. Adolfo Martín Jiménez – Professor of Tax Law at the University of Cadiz, Spain
  • 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. Luis Schoueri – Professor of tax law at the University of São Paulo Law School, Brazil
  • Prof. Stephen Shay – Harvard Law School, United States
  • 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; Chairman of the IBFD Board of Trustees; and Tax Partner at PwC, the Netherlands
  • Dr Joanna Wheeler – Senior Principal Research Associate and Director of the Advanced Master's in International Tax Law, IBFD Academic Department and the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Bertil Wiman – Professor of Tax Law at Uppsala University, Sweden


The meetings will take place at the IBFD Head Office in Amsterdam on Tuesday 1 May and Wednesday 2 May from 8:30 to 18:00. 
In addition to the scientific part, there will be a social programme for the participants, which includes a boat tour and drinks: on Monday 30 April, we will enjoy our traditional Boat Tour (15:40 to 17:00), and on Tuesday 1 May, we will host the DocMIT and PITF drinks (17:30 to 19:00). 
Application procedure and requirements
All documents should be sent to

A short CV (see infra)
  • The synopsis of your research (please use this template)
  • A scanned version of the certificate of enrolment in an official PhD programme
A short CV (see infra)
A short CV (see infra)
  • An abstract and draft table of contents based on one of the titles proposed within the main topic of the 2018 Symposium on “Practical Protection of Taxpayers’ Rights”.


Deadlines and time frame

  • Monday 13 November 2017: Applications for the DocMIT and PITF, and to be a speaker at the symposium
  • Thursday 30 November 2017: Announcement of the selected participants at the DocMIT and PITF and of the speakers at the symposium
  • Friday 6 April 2018: Submission of PowerPoint presentations and of the revised synopses, and, for the speakers at the symposium, the final drafts of the papers.
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; and a list of academic publications and teaching assignments (if applicable)
  • For those who have already participated in previous editions of the meetings, participation is still possible, insofar as the topic of the research is substantially different; nonetheless, priority will be given to those who have not previously attended.
Applicants who are not selected, as well as researchers, are welcome to participate in the meetings.
Prior to the meeting, all participants will receive by email:
  • Information to prepare for their research stay in Amsterdam
  • The final schedule of the meetings
  • All synopses and PowerPoints of the participants. Everyone is expected to carefully read 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 meetings, 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).
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Dr Ricardo García
Senior Researcher
Secretariat Academic Department
+31-20-554 0211