In return for the outstanding service rendered over many years by Frans Vanistendael, forty-five of the world's table taxation experts have prepared a festschrift in his hour. As scholar, teacher, advisor, and administrator, Professor Vanistendael (w emeritus) has played a role of great importance in the growth of our kwledge of taxation, and particularly in the development of EC taxation law. Although discussion of the vital issues clustered around European taxation predominate in these thousand pages, many of the essays deal incisively with other areas of the field where Professor Vanistendael has left his mark, such as international tax systems, VAT theory, and cross-border tax arrangements.The authors include scholars, jurists, and leading taxation officials from a number of jurisdictions and international organisations, all of whom share gladly in this incomparable publishing venture. Their offering is a true tribute. In building on the foundations laid by Professor Vanistendael's many insights, these essays manifest the breadth of his scholarship and the depth of his commitment to the advancement of his chosen field. The result is a book that t only offers a stimulating, in-depth and useful insight into the many complexities, intricacies, and critical issues of taxation in today's world, but also opens the way for further elaborations of Frans Vanistendael's signal achievements.