Maurice Lauré Prize

IFA has instituted a Prize in order to encourage scientific work on international indirect taxation. The Prize is named in honour of Maurice Lauré, who was instrumental in the first implementation of the Value Added Tax system, now applied in more than 160 jurisdictions.

Subject: International indirect fiscal law, comparative indirect tax law, or local indirect tax law having an important relation with fiscal law in foreign jurisdictions.
Language: English, French or German.
Open to: participants under 40 years of age on the 31 of July of the year in which the Prize is awarded, whether they are members of the Association or not.
Prize: Euro 5,000, plus a medal and an invitation to attend the IFA 2018 Congress in Seoul, exempted from the payment of the Congress registration fee, during which the Prize is awarded.
Submission deadline: 1 April 2018.

Previous winners of the Prize

  • 2017: Marta Papis-Almansa (Poland) "Insurance in European VAT: Current and Preferred Treatment in the Light of the New Zealand and Australian GST Systems"
  • 2016: Thomas Wiesch (Germany) "Die umsatzsteuerliche Behandlung der öffentlichen Hand"
  • 2015: Marie Lamensch (Belgium) "European value-added-tax in the digital area: A critical analysis and proposals for reform"
  • 2014: Sebastian Pfeiffer (Austria) "VAT grouping from a European perspective"
  • 2013: Anders Strandet Jepsen (Denmark) "European VAT and activities relating to securities"
  • 2012: Thomas Ecker (Austria) "A VAT/GST Model Convention"
  • 2011: Eva Oertel (Germany) "Die mehrwertsteuerrechtliche Behandlung des Cross-border-leasing im EU-Binnenmarkt. Eine vergleichende Analyse des deutschen, englischen und französischen Rechts"

Jury of the Maurice Lauré Prize

The Jury consists of five members, who are appointed by the Executive Committee from amongst the IFA membership upon recommendation by the Permanent Scientific Committee.


Jean-Claude Bouchard (France)


Markus Achatz (Austria)
Andrea Parolini (Italy)
Satya Poddar (India)
Philip Robinson (Switzerland)

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