The ASSOCIAÇÃO BRASILEIRA DE DIREITO FINANCEIRO – ABDF (Brazilian Association of Financial Law – BAFL) was founded in February 1949 by a group of taxation specialists led by Gilberto de Ulhôa Canto and which included, among others, Erymá Carneiro, Tito Rezende and Rubens Gomes de Sousa.
The principal objective of the ABDF (BAFL) is to stimulate the study of tax law in Brazil. Therefore, the ABDF holds courses, seminars, lectures and debates as well as participating in events realized by two international associations, the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Instituto Latinoamericano de Derecho Tributario (ILADT) (The Latin-American Institute of Tax Law (LAITL)), the ABDF being the representative entity of these two associations in Brazil.
The first President of the association was Tito Rezende, who performed his duties for 18 years before being succeeded by Gilberto de Ulhôa Canto, who remained in office for 28 years until he passed away in 1995. The associate Agostinho Tavolaro was then elected to the post and held the presidency during the two years of 1996 – 97 and then, in February 1998, Prof. Condorcet Rezende was elected as President. The position is currently being held by the emeritus Head Professor of Tax Law at Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), Prof. Ricardo Lobo Torrres.
Within the scope of encouraging research and scientific production the ABDF organizes and supports events with a national and international impact. Over the years, the ABDF has had the honour of organizing the following international events: The III Latin-American Tax Law Conference (São Paulo, 1962), III Luso-Hispanic-American Conference on Taxation Studies (Rio de Janeiro, 1968); XI Latin-American Tax Law Conference (Rio de Janeiro, 1983); 43° International Fiscal Association Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 1989), XX Latin-American Tax Law Conference (Salvador, Bahia, 2000) and I Rio de Janeiro International Tax Law Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2005); II Congresso de Direito Tributário Internacional do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, 2007); III Congresso de Direito Tributário Internacional do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, 2014); 71° Congresso IFA Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, 2017); IV Rio de Janeiro International Tax Law Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2019); V Rio de Janeiro International Tax Law Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2020) and VI Rio de Janeiro International Tax Law Congress (Rio de Janeiro, 2022).