Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course students will have basic knowledge of international and European tax law. The course gives readiness to cope with typical cross-border tax issues of multinational companies. Students will become familiar with tax treaties, EU corporate tax directives and landmark tax case law of the European Court of Justice and their practical implications for companies. In addition, basics of value added taxation (VAT) in international trade will be covered.

This course advances students entrepreneurial mindset.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 25.10.2022 - 09.12.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Moritz Scherleitner

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    During the lectures the key principles, definitions and sources of European and international tax law are introduced. The lectures focus on corporate taxation and covers Finnish international tax law, tax treaties and EU tax law. In addition, the basics of the EU value added tax (VAT) rules on goods and services are covered. Students can participate in two workshops. A workshop on case law of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gives practical insights into landmark case law of the ECJ. A workshop on transfer pricing provides practical views on transfer pricing disputes and their resolution.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    (Different options to pass the course available - also mix possible):

    1. Lectures 24 h. Lectures are followed by a lecture exam 3h. The lecture exam corresponds to 50 % of the final grade.

    2. Attending and delivering a case presentation in the workshop corresponds to 25 % of the final grade.

    3. Attending the transfer pricing workshop and delivering home assignment correspond to 25 % of the final grade.

    4. Final book exam (100 %) 3h. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - Lectures 24 h

    - Preparing for lectures 26 h

    - Preparing for exam or home assignment and court case presentation 79 h

    - Preparing for lecture exam 28 h

    - Exam 3 h


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn II
    2023-2024 Autumn II

    Enrollment :

    Registration for Courses: in Sisu