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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

International Tax Guest Lecture: Heather Self and Professor Dr Hans van den Hurk

30 January 2014

Time: 1:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

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View Heather Self's presentation [PowerPoint Presentation 805 KB]

View Professor Hans van den Hurk's presentation [PowerPoint Presentation 2 MB]

Each year, the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London organises a series of guest lectures given by leading International and EU Taxation experts. These inspirational speakers provide an insight into the latest developments in tax law with particular emphasis on what is happening in practice. Through the guest lectures, the audience may be inspired and motivated to think outside the box. Breaking with old tradition, our ultimate goal is to create an environment for an interactive, stimulating, exciting and educational conversation or even a debate between the lecturers and the attendees.

Heather Self, Tax Partner, Pinsent Masons, will explore some key Treaty issues for Developing Countries seeking to attract Foreign Direct Investment. Professor Dr Hans van den Hurk, Maastricht University and Tax Partner, Deloitte, The Netherlands, will provide an insight into the meaning of responsible tax in this rapidly developing area of international tax law.


Download the International Tax Guest Lecture programme [PDF].

About the Speakers

Heather Self

Heather Self is a Partner at Pinsent Masons with almost 30 years of experience in tax. She has been Group Tax Director at Scottish Power, where she advised on numerous corporate transactions, including the $5bn disposal of the regulated US energy business. She also worked at HMRC on complex disputes with FTSE 100 companies and was a specialist adviser to the utilities sector, where she was involved in policy issues on energy generation and renewables. She is a member of the CBI Tax Committee and a former Chairman of the CIOT Technical committee. While at HMRC, she was a member of the joint working group on the development of the new Controlled Foreign Companies (CFC) regime.



Professor Dr Hans van der Hurk

Professor van den Hurk has a special focus on European tax law. Because EU Law is applicable in all Member States in exactly the same way, he initiated a group of international tax specialists in all Member States in order to develop ideas and products which help optimizing international tax planning. Since 1991 Hans has authored several articles and books, including Europees Gemeenschapsrecht en directe belastingen (this book deals with EU-law and Direct Taxes) and Belgisch belastingrecht (Belgium tax law). Hans is correspondent for the Bulletin of International Fiscal Documentation (published by IBFD) and he contributes regularly to this publication. Since August 2005 Hans has also been working as professor in European Corporate Income Taxes at the University of Maastricht. Hans lectures on Comparative International Tax Law, International Tax Law and Dutch Corporate Income Taxes. Part of these courses are run for the Maastricht International Tax master which attracts students from all over Europe, Asia and North and South America. Hans also lectures regularly at other universities in the Netherlands, Gent (Belgium) and many others including Taipei. In 2010 and 2013 Hans has trained in Taipei employees of the Taiwan ministry of Finance who work on modernising their corporate income taxes in order to improve the position of Taiwan as an investors country.


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How to Book

This event is free but prior registration is required through the Queen Mary Eventbrite page.


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