Ruth Mason Will Be Professor in Residence at Tax Institution in Amsterdam

Professor Will Be First Woman, Youngest Scholar to Hold IBFD Position, Starting in Spring
Ruth Mason

Mason was national reporter for the United States to the 2008 International Fiscal Association Congress on tax discrimination and to the 2014 European Association of Tax Law Professors Congress on tax information exchange.

January 22, 2018

The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, based in Amsterdam, has named Ruth Mason of the University of Virginia School of Law its 2018 professor in residence.

Mason will be the first woman and youngest scholar to hold the professorship since it was first offered in 2013. She said she is honored by the appointment.

“I look forward to working with permanent staff and postdocs on a variety of projects in Amsterdam,” Mason said. “I applaud the IBFD’s efforts to build relationships among tax scholars from different regions of the world, and I am privileged to participate in the IBFD’s cutting-edge work.”

The bureau, a resource for scholars and professionals seeking expertise on cross-border taxation, hosts a leading non-European scholar on international taxation each year. Mason will lend her expertise during her one-year term there starting in May.

Mason’s research focuses on international, comparative and state taxation. Her recent scholarship has examined European Union taxation issues, including how tax nondiscrimination laws affect cross-border commerce in common markets.

“I am especially excited to exchange views about my recent papers on the European Commission’s state-aid investigations involving major U.S.-headquartered multinationals, including its controversial $13 billion decision against Apple,” she said.

Last year, Mason coached UVA Law’s first team at the International and European Tax Moot Court competition in Belgium, where the team took home several top prizes.

The Class of 1957 Research Professor of Law at UVA, Mason joined the tax faculty in fall 2013, having previously taught at the University of Connecticut School of Law.

She has been a visiting professor at Johannes Kepler University, Leiden University, Université Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne) and Yale Law School.

In addition, Mason was national reporter for the United States to the 2008 International Fiscal Association Congress on tax discrimination and to the 2014 European Association of Tax Law Professors Congress on tax information exchange. She is also co-editor (with Ekkehart Reimer of the University of Heidelberg) of Kluwer's Series on International Taxation, and is a member of the editorial board of the World Tax Journal.

She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001.

The International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation employs more than 50 research specialists and teaching professionals, representing about 25 different countries. The group also serves as a publisher and repository of tax research documents.

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