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Global Tax 50 2015: Rita de la Feria

02 February 2016

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Chair, tax law, University of Leeds School of Law

Rita de la Feria
Rita de la Feria is a new entry this year

Rita de la Feria was the chair in tax law at Durham Law School until January 1 and has been at the forefront of efforts to bring together a community of current experts and budding talents in the study of international tax. The Portuguese native specialises in tax policy, VAT and EU constitutional law, juggling her academic commitments with involvements in a multitude of other areas.

And 'juggling' is definitely the right word; de la Feria kept a number of balls in the air during 2015, hosting events at Durham – including May's well-attended VAT conference – and contributing to research papers (for example in connection with the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK's largest research-funding organisation; and in collaboration with Oxford University's Michael Devereux, with whom she proposed the destination-based corporate tax principle) as well as travelling the world to ensure her voice was being heard and her expertise was being shared as widely as possible.

As part of this, and further testament to her influence, de la Feria announced in November that she had taken on an additional role as a tax adviser to the government of East Timor, helping capacity building efforts in the country as part of a team responsible for drafting a new VAT law.

"A stable source of revenue for the country. Very excited," she said on Twitter.

De la Feria has also played an active role in helping to eradicate the gender imbalance in tax, including criticising previous editions of the Global Tax 50 for being too male-dominated.

She has now called time on her three and a half year stint at Durham, taking up a similar role as chair in tax law at the University of Leeds School of Law on January 1. Though she may be in slightly different surroundings, de la Feria will surely remain a vocal and influential academic figure in the tax world throughout 2016 and beyond.

She tweets using the handle @delaFeriaR.

The Global Tax 50 2015
View the full list and introduction
The top 10 • Ranked in order of influence
1. Margrethe Vestager 2. Pascal Saint-Amans
3. Wang Jun 4. Arun Jaitley
5. Marissa Mayer 6. Will Morris
7. Ian Read 8. Pierre Moscovici
9. Donato Raponi 10. Global Alliance for Tax Justice
The remaining 40 • In alphabetic order
Brigitte Alepin Andrus Ansip
Tamara Ashford Mohammed Amine Baina
Piet Battiau Elise Bean
Monica Bhatia David Bradbury
Winnie Byanyima Mauricio Cardenas
Allison Christians Rita de la Feria
Marlies de Ruiter Judith Freedman
Meg Hillier Vanessa Houlder
Kim Jacinto-Henares Eva Joly
Chris Jordan Jean-Claude Juncker
Alain Lamassoure Juliane Kokott
Armando Lara Yaffar Liao Tizhong
Paige Marvel Angela Merkel
Zach Mider Richard Murphy
George Osborne Achim Pross
Akhilesh Ranjan Alan Robertson
Paul Ryan Tove Maria Ryding
Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona Lee Sheppard
Parthasarathi Shome Robert Stack
Mike Williams Ya-wen Yang






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