International Tax Law is an area that is still only minimally covered in graduate and postgraduate law and economics programmes.
As a student in this programme, you will expand your knowledge of the theory and practice of international tax law, with a special focus on tax treaties, transfer pricing and EC tax law issues. You will also study the most important cross-border features of domestic statutory law and case law of the Unites States and, to a limited extent, of The Netherlands.
In addition, you will become familiar with international planning techniques in the areas of both company taxation and estate taxation and planning. The programme pays specific attention to the development of English drafting skills.
The professors teaching the programme have built a reputation for themselves in their field of expertise. Many of them also work as independent practitioners in private or public sectors, and have a wide-ranging network.
This advanced master of laws programme is designed for talented international and Dutch students with various backgrounds:
“There is never a dull moment in the world of an international tax lawyer: developments take place much faster than, for example, in civil law.”
“The Netherlands is the only country in the world where law schools offer tax law as a specialised track. When we started our Master’s of Advanced Studies Programme in 1998, it was the first of its kind in the world. This quickly attracted large numbers of students. Once in Leiden, they are entering an international environment: almost all the students in our Master’s of Advanced Studies Programme are from abroad. Many of our lecturers are also based in foreign countries. I spend a lot of time myself teaching in other countries. In addition to my work in Leiden, I teach at Peking University (PKU), the Harvard of China, where only 1 in about every 1000 applicants is accepted, and at New York University.
There is never a dull moment in the world of an international tax lawyer: developments take place much faster than in most other areas of law. I think it is enormously gratifying to contribute to the international developments in the field of cross-border taxation.”
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