Tax Treaty Case Law around the Globe 2020

Eric Kemmeren (Editor), Georg Kofler (Editor), Michael Lang (Editor), Alexander Rust (Editor), Jeffrey Owens (Editor), Pasquale Pistone (Editor), Josef Schuch (Editor), Claus Staringer (Editor), Alfred Storck (Editor), Karoline Spies (Editor), Peter Essers (Editor), Cihat Öner (Editor), Daniël Smit (Editor)

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Both the OECD Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital (OECD Model) and the United Nations Model Double Taxation Convention (UN Model) are designed as a tool for legislative harmonization and therefore often serve as a basis for tax treaty negotiations between different jurisdictions worldwide. At the same time, however, interpretation of a particular tax treaty provision may still differ from country to country due to a number of reasons. The risk of double/multiple (non-) taxation is therefore not entirely removed, and this will adversely affect the international exchange of goods and services and movements of capital, technology and persons. In order to increase a uniform interpretation of tax treaties worldwide and, hence, reduce the risk of double/multiple (non-) taxation, basic knowledge is needed on how various tax treaty issues are resolved by different jurisdictions.
It is widely known that a unified approach to interpretation and application of international tax treaty rules may benefit not only the countries/parties to a certain tax treaty, but also their taxpayers, as well as international trade and investments in general. This topic is therefore an ongoing concern for many tax practitioners, representatives of international organizations and public officers and tax scholars.
The “Tax Treaty Case Law around the Globe” conference was held at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) on 6-7 May 2021. This international event took place for the ninth time and was jointly organized by the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law of WU and the European Tax College of Tilburg University. The conference was dedicated to the analysis of the most important cases on international tax treaty law decided in 2020 in different tax jurisdictions worldwide. Thirty cases were presented by outstanding tax experts from 22 different countries. Each presentation was followed by an intensive and fruitful discussion. The participants of the conference compared the interpretation approaches existing in both OECD and non-OECD member countries and came up with comprehensive conclusions and suggestions. The main scientific results of the conference are presented in this book.
Each report in this book is dedicated to a court case or a number of cases on a particular article of the tax treaty at issue (often based on the OECD or UN Model) which was decided in a certain jurisdiction in 2020. Every report is structured in a similar way: the facts of the case, the decision and reasoning of the court and the observations and conclusions of the authors, including the possible impact of the decision on international tax law development in the respective country and other jurisdictions, are presented.
This clear and concise structure enables a solid and accessible overview of the global case law on tax treaty application in 2020. The systematic structure of each report allows for different tax treaty case law to be studied and compared in a comprehensive and efficient way.
The editors believe that the reports presented in this book are of high value and will therefore be of particular interest for tax consultants, public officers, academics and all those interested in international tax law. The fact that many domestic decisions are otherwise available only in a national language makes the materials contained in this book even more valuable.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna/Amsterdam
PublisherLinde Verlag Wien/IBFD Publications
Number of pages305
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7094-1233-6, 978-90-8722-789-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-7073-4547-6, 978-90-8722-787-6
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventTax Treaty Case Law around the Globe 2020 - WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Vienna , Austria
Duration: 6 May 20217 May 2021

Publication series

NameSeries on International Tax Law
ISSN (Print)0734-5476
ISSN (Electronic)709412336


  • Tax treaties
  • Case Law
  • International Tax Law
  • Interpretation


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