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Challis Professor of Law, University of Sydney

Richard J Vann is Challis Professor of Law at the University of Sydney. In 2006 he was William K Jacobs Jr Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and he has taught regularly at New York University School of Law and the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He specialises in corporate, comparative and international taxation. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia and Oxford University, UK.

Vann has held many Government consultancies in Australia, including the Review of Business Taxation (1998-1999), the Review of International Taxation (2002-2003) and the Australian Taxation Office Public Rulings Panels on international and indirect taxation (1995-). He has worked extensively for international organisations for over 20 years – including two fulltime periods as Counsel (Taxation) in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, USA (1990-1991) and as Head, Central and Eastern Europe and NIS Program, Fiscal Affairs Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris, France (1992-1995). He was a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (2005-2013) and is an International Research Fellow of the Centre for Business Taxation at the Said Business School of Oxford University. He participates in a number of international groups which publish books and articles on comparative and international taxation and has also published broadly on Australian taxation.


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    Challis Professor of Law, University of Sydney