ACADEMIC management of the Program
Prof. dr. Kees van Raad is the Academic Director of the Program. He is assisted by a Program Coordinator and by teaching assistants (TAs) who teach work shops and tutorials throughout the Fall semester and occasionally during the Spring semester.
Kees van Raad is chairman of the International Tax Center Leiden, past Professor of International Tax Law at the University of Leiden and of counsel to Loyens & Loeff. He has been a member of IBFD’s Board of Trustees and belongs to the steering group for OECD’s International Network for Tax Research. Further, he is chairman of the International Fiscal Association’s Jury for the annual Mitchell B. Carroll Prize; past member (1986-2006) of its Permanent Scientific Committee, general reporter, member/chair of various IFA congress panels; and since August 2016 an Honorary Member of IFA. He was a member (1999-2012) and chairman (2006-2012) of the Executive Board of the European Association of Tax Law Professors and a member (2003-2015) of the Supervisory Board of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Munich, Germany.
ITC Leiden has operated since 2001 a highly successful system of employing within the ITC Leiden Teaching Assistants (TAs). Each year, three to five of our top students are selected to act after their graduation at the end of August, as TAs for the Fall semester of the new academic year, supplementing the courses taught during this period with workshops and tutorials. These TAs will stay in Leiden till Christmas to help out with the teaching and training of the newly arrived students. During the early years of the Program experience has shown that quite a few students suffer difficultly in quickly grasping concepts and approaches to which they were not or only little exposed in their previous university training and tax practice. By dealing with these deficiencies immediately through intensive additional training in the form of tutorials and by revisiting the subjects discussed in the lectures through case studies and workshops, the use of TAs has proven to be a highly effective means of securing the maximum result from the students. As a result, only in exceptional cases students fail the difficult exam in the Tax Treaty course and the students are well prepared for the courses that are taught after Christmas. At the same time, the TAs themselves without exception consider the period they have worked as a TA within ITC Leiden as a unique time that is very gratifying personally, especially when dealing closely with the new students, and extremely helpful professionally in further mastering the complex subject of tax treaties while at the same time honing their communication skills. The following Adv LLM graduates have served as teaching assistant:
Sara Vella Bonnici
Timothy Borg Olivier
Jessica (Chu) Shi
Sabrina (Xue) Li
Jan Van Daele
John Ellul Sullivan
Tiago C. Neves
Jessica Maxwell Program Coordinator Adv LLM
Jennifer Kenters-Esteban Program Coordinator Adv LLM
Carol Schapira Manager Career Services & Alumni Relations