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Rita Julien

In September 2019, Rita Julien completed her doctoral degree with honors at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law. From the United States, Rita Julien has since lived in France, Luxembourg and Austria. After attending the University of Miami where, among other academic honors, she graduated Summa Cum Laude in International Studies and in Modern Languages and Literatures, she served one year in AmeriCorps VISTA and two academic years in the TAPIF program in France. She continued her education, completing a two-year bilingual French-English LL.M. with a specialization in European and international tax law at the University of Luxembourg. In September 2014, she began working as a Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU. Since 2017, she has been a faculty member of the LL.M. program in International Tax Law at WU. She has taught numerous courses and seminars, including on Austrian tax law, on dividends and interest under tax treaties and on the methods for the elimination of double taxation, and has published on a variety of tax law topics.

Courses:
The efforts to develop tax treaty models under the auspices of the OECD and the United Nations have brought together states from all over the world with a diversity of legal traditions and linguistic backgrounds. In such an international context, where states are bound to have different understandings and meanings for terms, a set of highly specialized terms and definitions have developed in order to achieve, as far as possible, uniform understandings. As the LL.M. program in international tax law is taught in English and English plays an increasingly important role in international business and tax, this lecture will lay the foundations for applying technical tax terminology in English appropriately and accurately in professional and academic writing and in oral communications. Participants will practice academic legal writing and research in this field, take part in speaking exercises and receive individualized feedback during the course.



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