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David Eisendle

Born 1988 in Spittal (Austria). Studied business law and international business administration in Vienna (WU), Hong Kong (HKUST) and St. Gallen (HSG); LLB, BSc, LLM. After joining the cabinet of Advocate General Juliane Kokott at the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2013, he has worked as legal secretary (référendaire) for the cabinet of the Austrian judge since 2017 (Maria Berger, Andreas Kumin). His main areas of interest include direct as well as indirect taxation, corporate and financial market law, free movement and state aids. Regular contributor of articles on the tax case law of the Court of Justice and presenter on subject-specific topics.

Due to the unanimity requirement in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the harmonization of the national rules on direct taxation is still in an undeveloped state. Nevertheless, the fundamental freedoms form a framework for national tax legislation with regard to intra-Union situations. The role of the European Court of Justice is not to replace the legislator but to provide an interpretation of the Treaty rules which, on the one hand, takes into account the particularities of national taxation and, on the other, ensures the effectiveness of the provisions of EU law. After an introduction to the structure and functioning of the Court, as well as an overview of the various ways in which the fundamental freedoms impact on national legislators’ choices in matters of taxation, the course focuses on the presentation and analysis of the recent case law (both judgments and Opinions of Advocates General) in the field of direct taxation. The aim is to explain the reasoning of the Court as well as to identify common lines in its decisions. In as far as the Court has already dealt with specific features of international taxation (e.g. CFC regulations, bilateral tax treaties), the course supplements other parts of the LLM program.

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