The Rereading Classic Texts in Tax Law & Policy course will explore issues of topical importance in the field of taxation. The content will vary from year-to-year, and the course will be taught primarily by visiting lecturers, with contributions from Oxford-based academics.
Tax law is at a crossroads. Dramatic changes over the past years on the national, regional, and global levels have yielded substantial challenges for tax law and policy. These changes have brought to the forefront big questions on the normative and practical levels, domestically and internationally. Classic dilemmas of increasing welfare versus (re)distributing it have intensified, while new dilemmas of membership in democratic societies, tax competition, and international cooperation have emerged.
In this course we will go back to some of the most influential articles, books, reports and cases on various aspects of tax law and policy (e.g., what is income, tax and inequality, tax expenditures, taxing women, competition v. cooperation and global justice). We will read these classics with a critical eye, evaluate their contributions, confront them with their critics, and examine their relevance to contemporary times and the issues currently at stake.
The course will employ a variety of normative considerations – justice, efficiency, personhood and democratic participation – and will engage with methods and concepts that often inform other areas of law as well as other disciplines, but no prior knowledge of any of the above is required.
The course will be taught by Professor Tsilly Dagan with guest lecturers Linda Sugin, Fordham Law School, Reuven Avi-Yoanh, University of Michigan School of Law and others.
Compulsory for these programmes: MSc in Taxation (Part Time)