Texas A&M Faculty Collaboration Recognized by the United Nations

November 21, 2018

William ByrnesProfessor William Byrnes
Texas A&M University School of Law Professor William Byrnes co-authored the lead article in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) journal Transnational Corporations titled, “Transfer Pricing and State Aid: The Unintended Consequences of Advance Pricing Agreements."

Byrnes and co-author Professor Lorraine Eden of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University were selected by the United Nations World Investment Forum (WIF) committee to present the research of the article at the biennial WIF held in Geneva, Switzerland, in mid-October. The WIF gathers 3,500 political leaders and diplomats, policy makers and large corporations to discuss investment policies for sustainable development.

The article is a culmination of three years of discussions and collaborative effort.

Lorraine EdenProfessor Lorraine Eden
“Our article survived an extensive peer-review process,” said Byrnes. “It was placed as the lead article, illustrating the impact of our research and its resonance among the international community of policy makers and academics."

"Texas A&M University President Michael Young charged units to develop cross-disciplinary opportunities. Our courses and our research of transfer pricing represent the overlap of law, economics and accounting,” continued Byrnes.   

“We are both honored as Aggie academics to have been chosen by UNCTAD to present for such a prestigious event that includes speeches by prime ministers and presidents and global, corporate chairpersons and CEOs,” said Byrnes.

In early November, Byrnes was recognized as a pioneer and leader for distance legal education during a faculty speaker series titled, "Exploring Pedagogy and Online Legal Education," held at the University of Memphis School of Law.

Byrnes is a leading expert in anti-money laundering and risk management, financial planning and wealth management, international taxation and taxation. He ​directs Texas A&M School of Law's Risk Management and Wealth Management distance education graduate degree programs.

About Texas A&M School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution located in downtown Fort Worth. In 2013, the law school acquired Texas Wesleyan University School of Law and has increased faculty and students exponentially in its five-year existence. The law school ranks highly nationwide in dispute resolution and intellectual property and offers 11 clinics that introduce students to real-world applications of the law. For more information, visit law.tamu.edu.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.

- Article by Tyra Kelly, Texas A&M School of Law Marketing & Communications