Chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of IFA
Robert Danon is a full Professor of Law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), where he heads its Tax Policy Center and leads its research platform dedicated to “Tax Disputes and Investment Arbitration”.
Next to his academic duties Professor Danon is a founder of DANON, an independent firm with a predominant emphasis on international tax disputes and international arbitration.
At the international level, his academic and practical expertise focus on international tax disputes with an emphasis on tax treaties and their interpretation, non-discrimination, abuse of rights by taxpayers and States, comparative taxation and transfer pricing.
He also concentrates on the interaction between investment arbitration and tax-related disputes.
Robert Danon is regularly called to give evidence as an expert witness or to act as counsel in the framework of domestic and foreign court proceedings, mutual agreement and arbitration procedures, including those involving bilateral investment treaties.
He has served as an expert witness in international tax law in several high-profile investment arbitration cases under the UNCITRAL and ICSID arbitration rules. He is on the list of possible arbitrators under the mandatory binding arbitration clauses provided by selected bilateral tax treaties.
Robert Danon has been involved in several tax reforms and assists both taxpayers and governments on tax policy matters. He has testified before Parliamentary Committees. For instance, in 2015, he was requested by Switzerland's finance minister to analyze the entire constitutionality of its corporate tax reform designed to comply with the OECD/G20 and EU standards.
Moreover, he is regularly invited by the OECD to express his views on matters of international tax law and policy. In particular, he has been invited on several occasions by the OECD to express his views on the challenges raised by the digitalization of the economy (“Pillar One”) and the introduction of a global minimum taxation regime (“Pillar Two”)
Robert Danon holds a PhD in Law (“doctorat en droit”) from the University of Geneva (“summa cum laude”) and an LL.M in International Taxation from the University of Leiden (the Netherlands).