RITA DE LA FERIA
Professor and Chair of Tax Law at the University of Leeds. She is an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Lisbon; and holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. Her research focus primarily on tax law and policy – particularly on the intersection between tax law and EU constitutional law, and between tax law and public economics – having published widely on these areas. Her research is regularly cited by courts across Europe, including by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
She was Tax Policy and Legal Adviser to the Portuguese Government (2011-2012), having provided assistance to the country’s VAT reform; and to the Government of Timor-Leste (2015-2016), where she was responsible for the co-drafting of the country’s new VAT law. Under the auspices of the IMF, she has also provided tax legal drafting advice to the Governments of Sao Tome and Principe (2016-2017) and Angola (2016), having drafted the new VAT law for Sao Tome and Principe.
Professor de la Feria has been listed for two years running (2015-2016) in the Global Tax 50, by the International Tax Review, as one of the most influential tax people in the World; and was co-recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Tax Award, awarded by the Tax Analysts. She features regularly in general media outlets discussing developments in taxation policy around the world.
Dr Joachim Englisch holds a chair for public law and tax law at the law faculty of Muenster University. He is also the managing director of Germany’s longest-standing institute for tax law. His main research interests are European and international tax law and policy, with a particular focus on European VAT. Dr Englisch serves as appointed member of VAT/GST expert groups with the OECD and with the EU Commission, and advises national governments. He is also founder and co-editor of the World Journal of VAT/GST Law, acting Vice President of the German association of VAT Experts, and author of numerous publications in the field.
Professor of Tax Law and President of the Institute of European Studies at UC Louvain (Belgium). He is also guest lecturer in VAT at KU Leuven. He holds a Law degree from the UC Louvain, a diploma in German Law from the Humboldt-University in Berlin and a joint Ph.D. from the universities of Bologna and Louvain.
His research focuses on tax law and policy at European and domestic level, in particular on fiscal federalism, tax incentives and EU and constitutional constraints to domestic tax policies, having published extensively in these areas. In 2017, he was General Reporter at the annual congress of the European Association of Tax professors.
He is frequently consulted by EU and Belgian institutions and by media outlets on tax-related issues. Since 2014, he is a member of the EU VAT Expert Group of the European Commission. He practises VAT Law as an Of Counsel at Liedekerke (Brussels).