Professor Michael Kobetsky

Honorary Professor
BEc (Syd.); LLB (ANU); PhD (Deakin); Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia
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Dr Michael Kobetsky is an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University, ANU College of Law. He is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School.

Dr Kobetsky researches in transfer pricing, tax treaties, international anti-avoidance measures and domestic taxation, and he is the principal author of one of Australia’s leading taxation texts, which is now in its ninth edition (2016). His book, titled 'International Taxation of Permanent Establishments: Principles and Policy' was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Dr Kobetsky has published extensively on international taxation in journals in Australia, Canada and Europe. He has presented seminars and conference papers around the world, including in: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US.

Dr Kobetsky was Global Professor of Law at New York University Law School (2013–14). He was a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University, Faculty of Law, Centre for Tax Law and Wolfson College, Cambridge (2012) and he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario Law School (2011–12).

Dr Kobetsky is a member of the United Nations Sub-Committee on Transfer Pricing and the United Nations Sub-Committee on Extractive Industries Taxation Issues for Developing Countries. He has worked as a consultant for the OECD, USAID in Nepal, the World Bank in Indonesia, and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or German Society for International Cooperation which is the German government’s foreign-aid organization) in Laos and Malawi. From 2007 to 2011 Dr Kobetsky was a regular presenter in the areas of tax treaties and transfer pricing at the Asian Development Bank Institute's Regional Tax Forum, Tokyo, for developing Asian economies.

Dr Kobetsky has 10 years’ experience as a senior executive officer with the Australian Taxation Office in their policy and legislation group designing and implementing tax law and policies. He also worked for two years for the Library of the Parliament of Australia, providing advice to parliamentary members and senators on taxation proposals and bills being debated in the Parliament.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Research interests

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS4221
Class #9548
Income Tax

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2016 LAWS4221
Class #8698
Income Tax

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