4745 WTO and Taxation
Prof. Dr. Servatius Van Thiel
Contact details
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  • Weekly hours
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02/10/22 to 02/13/22
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Monday 05/09/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM D3.0.233
Tuesday 05/10/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM D3.0.233
Friday 05/13/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM D3.0.233
Saturday 05/14/22 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM D3.0.233
Saturday 06/04/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM D3.0.233
Thursday 06/09/22 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM D4.0.022
Friday 06/10/22 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D3.0.233
Friday 06/24/22 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM D3.0.233
Monday 08/01/22 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM D3.2.243


This guest lecture is given by Professor Dr. Servatius van Thiel from the Free University Brussels. The guest lectures on tax obstacles to international economic activity will first identify some of the main indirect tax obstacles to international trade (customs duties, cumulation, discrimination, destination type taxes with border tax adjustments, disparities)  and compare the responses formulated to these obstacles in international law (WTO agreements and case law) and EU law (directives and case law). Subsequently the lectures will identify some of the main direct tax obstacles to international (tradeand) investment (economic and juridical double taxation, with holding taxes,discrimination, tax avoidance and evasion and remedies, disparities) and compare the different international and European law responses formulated to these obstacles (WTO agreements and case law, OECD, EU Directives and caselaw).

Students will be expected to read the materials before the start of the lectures.

Learning outcomes

The objective of the guest lectures is to provide the students with sufficient understanding of the different policy options for removing tax obstacles to international economic activity, and of the fact that concrete actions are more  easily taken in the framework of deep regional integration processes (such as the EU) and more difficult at the international level.   

Attendance requirements

>70% attendance requirement

Teaching/learning method(s)



5% discussion, 5% participation, 90% positive degrees on written exam

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Knowledge of Austrian naional tax law or another domestic tax law is required.

Availability of lecturer(s)



Further specific lecturing material will be provided by the institute 2 weeks before the lecture starts.The offered courses change each semester and are usually held by foreign guest professors.
Last edited: 2021-12-01