Tax Society arranges for renown international tax attorney, Dr. Dennis Weber, to workshop with law students Tuesday, March 25

On Tuesday, March 25 from 12 p.m. until 12:50 pm in room 216 the Tax Society has organized the renown international tax academic and lawyer Dr. Dennis Weber to workshop with Thomas Jefferson law students.  Dr. Weber will discuss his practice, and that of Loyens & Loeff where he is head of the European Direct Tax Law practice, before the European Court of Justice.  Loyens & Loeff is the largest European continental law firm.  Dr. Weber is also the Director of the University of Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law, Europe’s preeminent tax faculty.

 “I met Dr. Dennis Weber last year during a Thomas Jefferson Tax Society career workshop 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 Liaison Mark Hackmann.  “I was excited to obtain a generous sponsorship from William Byrnes for the Tax Society to bring Dr. Dennis Weber back to campus to re-engage with our students this year.”

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

“Moreover”, he continued, “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.”

“Dr. Dennis 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.”

Mark Hackmann continued. “We hope to attract JD candidates to learn about the international and publication opportunities at Thomas Jefferson.  My tenure with the Tax Society has been rewarding and helped me obtain my position with the San Diego County Tax Collector.  Based on my experience with the publication program, I am exploring with Kris Odegard, President of the tax society, tax externship opportunities in Singapore this summer.”

 “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 Associate Dean Byrnes.

Dennis 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.”

“The Tax Society is organizing an April lunch discussion with Dr. Valcir Gassen, who is spending the year at Thomas Jefferson through the support of Brazil’s Ministry of Education CAPES Foundation”, interjected Mr. Hackmann.  “Dr. Gassen will talk with students about Brazil-U.S. trade and investment, and divulge opportunities for Thomas Jefferson law graduates.”

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


William H. Byrnes, IV