Speakers (in programme order)
Panos Merkouris (PhD, Queen Mary, University of London) is Professor and Chair on Interpretation and Dispute Settlement in International Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. His areas of expertise are law of treaties, customary international law, sources, and international dispute settlement. He is Principal Investigator of the ERC project TRICI-Law
Irma Johanna Mosquera Valderrama (PHD, University of Groningen) is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise are international tax law and comparative tax law in developed and developing countries. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed journals. She is the principal investigator of the ERC Project GLOBTAXGOV.
Marcel Brus is professor of Public International Law, chair of the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies (Faculty of Law), chair of the Department of Social Sciences (University College Groningen) and Academic Director of the LL.M. Programme in International Law & the Law of International Organisations and the LL.B. Programme in International and European Law at the University of Groningen. From 2001-2013 he was a member (and in 2012-13 the chair) of the Advisory Committee on Questions of Public International Law (CAVV), advising the Dutch Government and Parliament. Currently he is Director of Studies of the International Law Association (ILA). His research concentrates on the interaction between international law and politics, the development of international law as a system of law, international environmental law and sustainable development, international investment law and international dispute settlement.
Diego Mejía-Lemos (PhD, LLM, National University of Singapore (NUS); LLM, New York University) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at NUS. He has held positions in academia and practice. Recently, at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), in The Hague, he provided support to investment treaty arbitrations conducted under the PCA’s auspices. He is managing editor of The Global Community: Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence (OUP).
Emily Sipiorski is a Senior Researcher at the University of Hamburg, Department of Socioeconomics, Faculty of Law. She is the author of Good Faith in International Investment Arbitration that will be coming out in February 2019 in the Oxford International Arbitration Series. She is an expert in international investment law and investment arbitration on which she has written extensively.
Javier García Olmedo is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Internaitonal, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. Javier holds a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Granada (Spain) and an LL.M. in Private International Law and Arbitration from King's College London. Before joining the Institute, Javier was an associate in the International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells in Paris, and practiced arbitration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, and worked as a research assistant for Professor Martin Hunter at Essex Court Chambers in London.
Cees Verburg (LL.M. University of Edinburgh; LL.M. University of Groningen) is a PhD candidate at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law of the University of Groningen. His research interests include international energy law, international investment law and international arbitration. He teaches a course on international investment law at the University of Groningen and is occasionally involved in advisory work related to investment law and arbitration.
Irene Burgers is Professor of International Tax Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen and Professor of Economics of Taxation at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen. Her interests focus on tax aspects of doing international business. She has written more than 250 publications and frequently lectures on these issues. Apart from her academic pedigree she has also practiced tax law as tax adviser with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and she was one of the independent persons for the EU Arbitration Committee (1995 – 2013).
Frederik Heitmüller is as PhD candidate in the GLOBTAXGOV project at Leiden University's Institute for Tax Law and Economics. He graduated in 2017 from a binational Franco-German study program in political and social sciences at the University of Stuttgart and Sciences Po Bordeaux with a master's thesis on the international political economy of taxation. He has interned at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and was appointed as researcher at the Tax Justice Network, before joining the GLOBTAXGOV project.
Tarcísio Diniz Magalhães is a postdoctoral research fellow at IBFD. He holds a doctoral and master’s degree in Law and Justice (Tax Law), from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), under full scholarships. During his PhD studies, he was granted full scholarships to conduct research at McGill University (H. Heward Stikeman Chair in the Law of Taxation), IBFD, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law) and Max Planck (Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance). Since 2015, he has been an official member of the Permanent Commission on Review and Simplification of Tax Legislation of the State of Minas Gerais.
Dirk Broekhuijsen (1987) studied Tax Law at Leiden University and Law at Durham University (UK, cum laude). In 2017, he defended his PhD thesis “A Multilateral Tax Treaty” at Leiden University, which was awarded the biennial Dissertation Prize of the Dutch Association for Tax Sciences. Currently, he works as a lecturer in tax law at Leiden Law School and as tax policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Finance.
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