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030615 SE Seminar in Tax Law (2019W)

Digitalization in Tax Law

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 16:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 19.11. 09:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM41 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Digitalization has brought about tremendous societal, economic and technological changes and challenges. Whereas the OECD and the EU have been struggling to reach towards a compromise on how to tax the digital economy, especially the Big Tech, some countries have pushed forward with proposals and implementations of national digital taxes.
The aim of this seminar is to discuss a various range of topics and possible solutions with regard to the taxation of the digital economy, among them:
• Taxing the digital economy as a matter of tax justice
• Efforts at OECD level to tax the digital economy
• Digital economy and BEPS measures
• Proposals on digital taxes in the EU
• National digital taxes (most notably: France and Great Britain)
• Compatibility of national solutions with EU state aid law
• (Re-)allocating income from digital services

The seminar will take place at November 19, 2019 and will be held in English. The presentations of the students’ papers will be wrapped up with keynote speeches from Visiting Scholar Prof. Neil H. Buchanan (University of Florida) and an OECD representative. Foreign students and researchers are welcome to apply for this seminar as well.
Take on this unique opportunity to work on one of the most urgent questions of the 21st century in an international and encouraging surrounding!

Assessment and permitted materials

Participants are asked to hand in written seminar papers on their topics. They present their research results in a presentation of about 20 minutes. The presentations are followed by a discussion.
The topics are chosen in the preliminary discussion, which will take place on October 9, 2019. Participants are invited to make proposals on alternative topics which are linked to the general topic.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participants are marked according to the written paper's quality and the oral presentation (including structure and meeting formal criteria). For more information on the formal criteria please have a look at the "Richtlinien für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten" on the website of the Department of Tax Law (Students who are not familiar with German are asked to contact Stefanie Geringer for further information).

Examination topics

Participants will present their papers in a presentation of about 20 minutes.

Reading list

- Relevant specific literature (papers, editions)
- Relevant jurisdiction

Association in the course directory

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