Rita de La Feria

Invited Professor

Professor Rita de la Feria joined the Law School at Durham University in October 2012 as Chair in Tax Law.  She is a Programme Director at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University since 2012, and Visiting Professor at the University of Lisbon since 2010. Professor Rita de la Feria received her law degree from the University of Lisbon, having specialised in economic law, and began her professional career as a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen, working in both their Lisbon and Dublin offices. She completed her PhD on EU VAT harmonisation at the Law School of the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2006. Prior to joining Durham Law School, she worked at Oxford University, and before that held lecturing positions at both Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.  She has held visiting positions at New York University, Law School (2008); ATAX, University of New South Wales, Sydney (2009); Católica Global School of Law (2010-); Muenster University (2012-); Leiden University (2014-); and Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley (2015). Professor Rita de la Feria has published widely on tax issues, most notably she is the author / editor of 3 books and one loose-leaf, published by Kluwer Law International (2004-; 2013), Hart Publishing (2011), and IBFD (2009).  She has published over 40 articles/book chapter, which have been published inter alia in the Common Market Law Review, the International and Comparatively Quarterly Review, and the British Tax Review. She is regularly invited to speak on tax issues at conferences and seminars around the world – including in Dublin (Ireland), Southampton (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Lisbon (Portugal), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Galway (Ireland), London (UK), Connecticut (USA), Antwerp (Belgium), Sydney (Australia), Malta, Bergamo (Italy), Oxford (UK), Durham (UK), Toulouse (France), Trier (Germany), Brussels (Belgium), Lund (Sweden), Muenster (Germany), Bilbao (Spain), Munich (Germany), Copenhagen (Denmark), Sofia (Bulgaria), Miami (US), Utrecht (Netherlands), Riga (Latvia), Manheim (Germany), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires (Argentina) – presenting to academic and practitioner audiences, having given over 70 presentations in the past 8 years.  She has also provided training to the judiciary (Bulgaria), and to tax administrations (Spain, Netherlands), the latter amongst others within the framework of the European Commission’s Fiscalis Programme. Her work on VAT and on the principle of prohibition of abuse of law is regularly cited by the courts, including the EU Court of Justice, and the Supreme Courts of Poland, Latvia, Sweden and Slovenia; and has supported various policy documents prepared by, or commissioned for, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the IMF.  Between 2011 and 2012 she was Adviser to the Portuguese Government on VAT Policy, with responsibility for ensuring that VAT reforms were in line with the troika’s May 2011 bail-out agreement, as well as with best international practice.  In 2013, Professor de la Feria gave evidence before the UK House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s enquiry into taxing corporations. She is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), of the Scientific Board of the MaTax, Tax Research Centre, Germany, and of the Academic Council of the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP). She is also on the editorial board of the British Tax Review (2008-); and Australian GST Journal (2013-), and is correspondent for Highlights & Insights on European Taxation, Revista de Finanças Públicas e Direito Fiscal and the World Journal of VAT/GST.