Study programme

International Tax Law

The advanced Master’s in International Tax Law is a full-time programme of one year. The curriculum covers both the established framework of international tax law and emerging issues. A fundamental premise is that a proper understanding of this area of the law requires studying both the “big picture” and the technicalities. Optional courses allow you to give your study a regional focus. 

Major themes of the programme include:

  • Evaluating the tax policy choices made by states, particularly in the context of cross-border structures and the flow of capital, income and persons;
  • Examining the interaction among the various forces that shape international tax law - domestic law, bilateral treaties, multinational agreements, inter-governmental organizations, case law and academic writing.

The programme also includes components that allow you to delve into selected issues in depth and, at the same time, develop your professional skills, such as:

  • A moot court in which you present both written and oral pleadings; 
  • A mock tax treaty negotiation, carried out in small teams over a period of several months under the guidance of a mentor with extensive experience of tax treaty negotiations.

Writing skills are particularly important and most of the course components conclude with a written exam requiring a number of short essays. You will also be required to write a final paper, giving you the opportunity to define and focus on your own research question. Throughout the programme attention will be paid to the structure of your written work as well as its content. 

Current range of courses in the Course Catalogue

The UvA Course Catalogue lists all the courses available this year.

Next year, the range of courses on offer may look somewhat different.

Published by  Faculty of Law

24 May 2017