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Tax Law Society Will Host International Tax Professor

March 18, 2014

Dr. Dennis Weber
Tax Law Society’s Vice President of Operations Mark Hackmann

On Tuesday, March 25 at 12 p.m. in Room 216, Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Tax Law Society will host the renowned European Court of Justice academic and lawyer Dr. Dennis Weber, who will discuss his practice and that of Loyens & Loeff.

Dr. Weber heads the European Direct Tax Law practice at Loyens & Loeff, the largest European continental law firm before the European Court of Justice where he specializes in advising clients in European tax law proceedings for the Dutch courts, the European Court of Justice and foreign courts. Dr. Weber is a professor of European Corporate Tax Law and the director of the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for Tax Law. He is a deputy judge in the regional Court of Appeal of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and an editor of many books, such as: Taking the Financial Sector (IBFD), EU Income Tax Law: Issues for the Years Ahead (IBFD) and Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB): Selected Issues (Kluwer). 

“I met Dr. Weber last year during a Thomas Jefferson Tax Law Society career service event when he revealed how Holland is often the center of the world of international finance, and how tax law students can take advantage of often overlooked employment opportunities in this area,” explained Tax Society’s Liaison Mark Hackmann (3L). “I was excited to obtain a generous sponsorship from Professor William Byrnes for the Tax Society to bring Dr. Weber back to campus to re-engage with our students.”

“I look forward to returning to Thomas Jefferson School of Law, this time to discuss tax cases recently before the ECJ that are impacting the European Union common market,” said Dr. Weber.

“The OECD BEPS project is on every tax counsel’s mind, and such discussions normally involve The Netherlands because, as a business friendly jurisdiction for fifty years, it has attracted multinational operations, employment and tax revenue using a ‘carrot’ policy. Other countries are competing for multinationals’ operations, employment and tax revenue with a ‘stick’ policy of imposing high compliance costs to dissuade international activities. The next five years will be an interesting time as the G20 goes head to head with each other to try to peel away these operations and tax revenue from each other,” added Dr. Weber.

“Dr. Weber has developed the best international tax program in Europe, and its reputation is spreading internationally,” said Associate Dean William Byrnes, an alumnus of University of Amsterdam (UvA). “He personally has made an impact on the tax jurisprudence of Europe through its Court of Justice, and in the Netherlands, as an advocate, a judge, and highly regarded author.”

“We hope to attract JD candidates to learn about the international and publication opportunities at Thomas Jefferson School of Law,” said Hackmann. “My tenure with the Tax Law Society has been rewarding and helped me obtain my position with the San Diego County Tax Collector, and now it’s time to pass this torch.”

“Dr. Weber and I will continue to explore online possibilities for joint international tax courses for our programs that may bring additional benefits for the undergraduate law degree, based on our discussions in January with the UvA Law Dean Edgar du Perron,” revealed Dean Byrnes.

Dr. Weber affirmed, “Our faculty has been impressed with Professor Byrnes’ lectures and academic interactions with us, and this has led me to return to Thomas Jefferson to continue to develop the relationship. We have invited him to join us for our Colombian University partnership programs in May.”

RSVP for the on-campus Tax Law Society lunch Tuesday, March 25 to Mark Hackman at

In April, the Tax Law Society will host a lunch discussion with Dr. Valcir Gassen, who is spending the year at Thomas Jefferson School of Law through the support of Brazil’s Ministry of Education CAPES Foundation. Dr. Gassen will discuss Brazil-U.S. trade and investment, and divulge opportunities for Thomas Jefferson School of  Law graduates.