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Kasper Dziurdz

studied “Business and Law” at WU, and started to work at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law as a Research and Teaching Associate in 2006. He received his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 2012 by finishing his Ph.D. thesis on “Short-Term Assignments of Employees in International Tax Law” (awarded the European Academic Tax Thesis Award 2013). He has been doing research on and published in the area of European and international tax law as well as on VAT law and Austrian national tax law. Dr. Dziurdz submitted his habilitation thesis on “Non-Discrimination in International Tax Law and World Trade Law” in 2017 and is currently working with KPMG.

In practice, it is not only important to acquire in-depth knowledge about tax law and to seek for the most convincing legal arguments. It is also important to convince clients, tax administrations, courts or readers of those arguments by writing clearly, concisely and in a structured manner. Thus, the lecture aims to provide a better understanding of how to structure legal arguments and draft legal opinions. The course will begin with questions and discussions about different issues regarding legal opinions, such as the differences between legal opinions and academic papers, the expectations of the potential audiences, and the different styles of structure and writing. Afterwards, practical case studies in tax treaty law will be analyzed by teams of students, who will then write legal opinions from different perspectives (taxpayer, tax administration, court). By sharing and discussing the different experiences in class, the lecture intends to develop an understanding of how your writing skills may turn a good legal opinion into a great legal opinion.

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