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Adam Zalasinski

Adam Zalasiński is a legal officer in the Direct Tax Litigation Unit of the European Commission in Brussels. He holds a PhD and a habilitation in law from the Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń (Poland). He has been publishing extensively on various aspects of EU and international tax law (above 100 scientific publications). He authored the EU reports for 2013 and 2019 IFA Congresses and the General Report on “Direct tax rules and the EU fundamental freedoms” for the 2006 Congress of Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen (FIDE). He has written several Polish national reports for the congresses of the International Fiscal Association, Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen and the European Association of Tax Law Professors. He gives courses on EU direct tax law at various European universities.

The ECJ's direct tax case law based on the EU fundamental freedoms seems to have evolved over the last thirty years. Fairly simple, though general, EU Treaty provisions – as interpreted by the ECJ in direct tax cases - have led to substantial changes in the direct tax laws of EU Member States. For the last few years the jurisprudence of the Court attempts to explore the boundaries of the impact of the EU Treaty on the domestic tax legislation of Member States. The course entails an analysis of the recent trends in the ECJ's case law in this area. It will endeavor to analyze the ECJ's understanding of the basic concepts on which the EU direct tax case law is based and its application in the current jurisprudence.

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