International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD)

An academic cooperation agreement with the IBFD enables access for UCT staff & students to the IBFD’s most comprehensive tax research database, publication opportunities, research collaboration and visiting teaching staff exchanges.  

The cooperation was signed by the Faculty of Commerce in 2014 and extended to the Faculty of Law in 2015.  UCT is presently the only African university with this level of cooperation in place with the IBFD.

UCT staff regularly participate in the IBFD's courses and conferences presented in Africa and around the world, including the annual Africa Tax Symposium.  UCT tax students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Leuven international tax moot co-organised by the IBFD.

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International Fiscal Association

The International Fiscal Association (IFA) was established in 1938 with its headquarters in the Netherlands. It is the only non-governmental and non-sectoral international organisation dealing with fiscal matters. 

The objects of IFA are the study and advancement of international and comparative law in regard to public finance, specifically international and comparative fiscal law and the financial and economic aspects of taxation. IFA seeks to achieve these objects through its Annual Congresses and scientific publications relating thereto as well as through scientific research. Membership of IFA stands at more than 12,000 persons from 111 countries. In 67 countries IFA members have established IFA Branches. 

UCT academics from the Departments of Finance & Tax and Commercial Law are leading members of the South African branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA-South Africa).  

Prof. Jennifer Roeleveld is President of IFA-South Africa and also serves on the central IFA permanent scientific committee.  A/Prof. Craig West is the current Secretary-General and A/Prof. Johann Hattingh an executive committee member.

The Annual Congress of IFA will be hosted in Cape Town in 2022.  This congress hosts approximately 2,000 tax professionals, academics, government officials and revenue authorities from around the globe.  It is the first time that the congress will be convened in Africa.  Cape Town and UCT will be a focal point for international tax research and discourse in the years leading up to the 2022 congress.

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ADIT- Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK)

ADIT is a professional qualification and credential, offered globally by the UK-based Chartered Institute of Taxation to international tax professionals. Candidates who are registered for the MCom/LLM in International Taxation programme will be aided in preparation for the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) with the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. Please see the International Tax Masters programme page here and information about ADIT is available here.

European Union Marie Curie Research Fellowship Programme: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES)

UCT’s Departments of Finance & Tax and Commercial Law have been participating in the European Union Marie Curie Research Fellowship Programme: International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) funded by the EU Commission.  This enables a minimum residency based research period of 1 month at a selected number of European research focussed universities.  Each visit has resulted in the publication of peer reviewed journal articles.  The programme concluded in mid-2019.