Lilian Faulhaber to advise OECD on ways to curb tax avoidance by global companies

lilly faulhaberProfessor brings tax law expertise to international effort to address growing problem

Associate Professor of Law Lilian Faulhaber will bring her tax law expertise to an international effort to curb the practice of corporations paying little or no taxes in the various countries in which they conduct business. Starting September 1, Faulhaber will take a two-year leave of absence from BU Law to serve as an Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Paris-based organization brings together 34 member countries and six partner nations that account for 80% of world trade and investment to address challenges facing the world economy. Faulhaber will serve as an Advisor to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Programme, which has been tasked by the G20 with addressing the growing problem of multinational companies avoiding taxation in their home countries by pushing activities to other jurisdictions.

"This is a fantastic opportunity, and I'm excited to be part of the project," Faulhaber says.

Faulhaber, who won the Michael W. Melton Award for Teaching Excllence in 2013, has taught Introduction to Federal Income Taxation, International Taxation and International Business Transactions at BU Law since 2010. An expert on federal income taxation and international taxation, she has published articles on international taxation, tax avoidance, and charitable giving.  Her recent work includes an op-ed in the New York Times about the tax treatment of childcare costs, and her next article on international charitable giving is forthcoming in the Yale Journal of International Law

Before joining the BU Law faculty, Faulhaber clerked for Senior Judge Robert E. Keeton and Judge William G. Young, both on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Harvard Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Reported August 22, 2013

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