Biography

John Vella is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and a member of the Faculty of Law at Oxford. John studied law at the University of Malta (BA and LLD) and the University of Cambridge (LLM and PhD). Following the completion of his PhD he joined the Faculty of Law at Oxford as Norton Rose Career Development Fellow in Company Law where he taught Company Law, Corporate Finance Law, EC Law and Roman Law, before moving to his current post.

John has been a Program Affiliate Scholar at New York University and has acted as a co-arbitrator in a tax dispute before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He is currently Convenor of the Tax Section of the UK Society of Legal Scholars.

His recent research has focused on financial sector taxation (on which he has given expert evidence before UK Parliamentary Committees on a number of occasions), the taxation of multinationals, and tax compliance and administration. 

Publications

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  • J Vella and G Maffini, 'Evidence-Based Policy Making: The Commission’s Proposal for an FTT' in P Pistone and D Nerudova (eds), Issues and Challenges Concerning the Introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax in the European Union (IBFD 2016) (forthcoming)
  • J Vella and A Cedelle, 'Using the enhanced cooperation procedure in the tax sphere: lessons from the FTT proposal' in P Koutrakos and J Snell (eds), Research Handbook on the Law of the EU’s Internal Market (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016) (forthcoming)
  • J Vella and M Devereux, 'Are we heading towards a corporate tax system fit for the 21st century?' (2014) 35 Fiscal Studies 449
  • J Vella, 'Regulatory choice: observations on the recent experience with corrective taxes in the financial sector' in W. G. Ringe and P. M. Huber (eds), Legal Challenges Arising out of the Global Financial Crisis: The Euro, Bail-outs, and Regulation (Hart Publishing 2014)
  • J Vella, 'Shams, Tax Avoidance and a ‘realistic view of the facts’' in E Simpson and M Stewart (eds), Sham Transactions (OUP 2013)
  • J Vella, J Englisch and A Yevgenyeva, 'The Financial Transaction Tax Proposal Under the Enhanced Cooperation Procedure: Legal and Practical Considerations' (2013) 2 British Tax Review 223
  • J Vella, J Freedman and G Loomer, 'Analyzing the enhanced relationship between corporate taxpayers and revenue authorities: a UK case study' in L Oats (ed), A fieldwork guide to taxation (Routledge 2012)
  • J Vella, 'Eclipse Film Partners No 35 LLP v HMRC: a different approach to tax avoidance from MCashback?' (2012) British Tax Review 252 [Case Note]
  • J Vella and J Freedman, 'Revenue Guidance: The Limits of Discretion and Legitimate Expectations' (2012) 128 Law Quarterly Review 192 [Case Note]
  • J Vella, J Freedman and M Devereux, Tax Avoidance (Report commissioned by the UK National Audit Office 2012)
  • J Vella, 'The Financial Transaction Tax Debate: Some Questionable Claims' (2012) Volume 47 Intereconomics 90
    ISBN: ISSN 0020-5346
  • J Vella and J Freedman, 'HMRC’s Management of the U.K. Tax System: The Boundaries of Legitimate Discretion ' in J Freedman, C Evans and R Krever (eds), The Delicate Balance: Revenue Authority Discretions and the Rule of Law (IBFD 2011)
  • J Vella, 'Sparking Regulatory Competition in European Company Law: A Response' in R De la Feria and S Vogenauer (eds), Prohibition of Abuse of Law: A New General Principle of EU Law (Hart Publishing 2011)
  • J Vella, 'The Asymmetrical Treatment of Debt and Equity Under UK Tax Law' in A Reisberg and D Prentice (eds), Corporate Finance Law: UK and EU Perspectives (OUP 2011)
  • J Vella, C Fuest and T Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 'The EU Commission’s Proposal for a Financial Transaction Tax' (2011) British Tax Review 607
  • J Vella, J Freedman and G Loomer, 'Analyzing the enhanced relationship between corporate taxpayers and revenue authorities: a UK case study' in (ed), 2009 Internal Revenue Service Bulletin (2009)
  • J Vella, J Freedman and G Loomer, 'Corporate Tax Risk and Tax Avoidance: New Approaches ' [2009] British Tax Review 74
  • J Vella and D Prentice, 'Some aspects of capital maintenance law in the UK' in M Tison et al (ed), Perspectives in Company Law and Financial Regulation (CUP 2009)
    ISBN: ISBN-13: 97805215157
  • J Vella, J Freedman and G Loomer, 'Moving Beyond Avoidance? Tax Risk and the Relationship between large Business and HMRC' in J. Freedman (ed), Beyond Boundaries: Developing Approaches to Tax Avoidance and Tax Risk Management (Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation 2008)
  • J Vella, 'Sham Transactions' [2008] LMCLQ 488
  • J Vella, 'Departing from the legal substance of transactions in the corporate field: the Ramsay Approach beyond the tax sphere' (2007) 7(2) Journal of Corporate Law Studies 243
    ISBN: 1473-5970
  • J Vella, 'Financial Transaction Tax' (2000) House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade
    I gave expert evidence before the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs and International Trade on Financial Transaction Taxes.

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Research Interests

Taxation, Corporate Tax Law, Company Law, Corporate Finance Law, Financial Regulation

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Company Law, Taxation Law

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