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Peter Hongler

Prof. Dr. Peter Hongler completed a Master of Law degree at the University of Bern and gained is Ph.D. from the University of Zurich. He was both a guest researcher at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law and a post-doc research fellow at the IBFD. Currently, he is a professor of tax law at the University of St. Gallen and a director at the Institute for Tax Law, Public Finance and Law and Economics at the same University. Moreover, he is a counsel with Walder Wyss Ltd., a leading law firm in Switzerland.

The goal of the course is to outline the main approaches to improve justice both in the domestic and the international tax regime. This includes a broad discussion about the interaction between taxation and redistribution. The latter is of particular importance as the level of inequalities varies significantly around the word and it is questionable whether the international tax regime should and can lead to a more balanced system. The course also discusses the interaction between justice as a normative goal and the international law regime as a partly value based legal system. During the lecture reference is also made to some of the latest global policy projects with a particular focus on how justice considerations have influenced these projects.

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