Many of the courses in the programme are taught in the classroom, although a substantial amount of preparation and self-study are also expected. Classroom activities regularly include student presentations and debate in addition to lectures. The class size is limited to 30 students, in order to allow for active participation by all students. Students are also able to attend selected internal training sessions at IBFD.
In addition to the classroom teaching, students receive supervision in groups of three to four for the tax treaty negotiation exercise and the moot court exercise. They also receive intensive individual supervision from one of the ACTL faculty members when writing their LLM thesis, and possibly also extra supervision from an outside expert in appropriate cases.
29 August – 2 September 2022
5 September 2022 – 3 February 2023
Holiday time: 24 December 2022 – 6 January 2023
6 February 2023 – 30 June 2023
No classes or exams on 6 April, 10 April, 5 May, 18 May, 29 May 2023
Although students must work on their theses from December 2022, the final version of the LLM thesis must be submitted before 1 July 2023
To be announced
This is a full-time study programme and the workload is designed accordingly. Students will be expected to attend a high percentage of the classroom sessions and group mentoring sessions and to have regular meetings with the supervisor of their final thesis.
Students will also be expected to participate actively in the programme, both the academic side and the social side. Active academic participation means taking part in classroom debate and engaging in discussion with fellow students.
The programme attracts students from many different countries and cultures and all students are expected to behave, both in the classroom and outside, with due regard for the cultural differences among the students and the society of Amsterdam.
After graduating from the programme, we very much hope that students will stay in contact with us.
The formal requirements in respect of previous education for admittance to this programme are explained in the section admission requirements and the selection procedure. These requirements are designed to ensure that all students start the programme with a good understanding of the domestic tax law of at least one country, as the lecturers will assume that they are familiar with the most basic concepts of tax law that are found in virtually every country.
Some previous exposure to international tax law would be helpful, but is not necessary. What is more important is the ability to go beyond the mechanical application of the tax law and to think about the issues law in a conceptual way. Students following this programme must also be willing to re-examine the principles they studied during their first degree in a comparison with the principles applied by other countries.
English is the working language of the programme and therefore a good command of the English language, both orally and in writing, is an essential requirement.
In addition to these academic abilities, students on this programme must be prepared to work hard and to take an active part in the programme as a whole.
They must be willing to make presentations in class, to disagree with their fellow students, to question the views of the lecturers, and to defend their standpoint and revise it when appropriate. They must also be prepared to interact in the classroom and socially with fellow students from many different countries, backgrounds and cultures. Finally, they must be willing to live in a city with a high level of tolerance, in particular towards sexual minorities.
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