LL4CH      Half Unit
Current Issues in Tax Law and Policy

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Ian Roxan NAB 7.25

Eduardo Baistrocchi is on sabbatical leave Lent Term 2016. 


This course is available on the Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is required for the following LLM specialism: Taxation - see the course co-ordinator for further information. NB: The monthly Taxation Seminars are available to all with an interest in taxation including LLM and MSc students. Students wishing to attend the Taxation Seminars are very welcome. For more information, see the Law Department or LSE Financial Markets Group web pages.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSEforYou.

Course content

This course will look at important current issues in taxation and tax policy, often with an interdisciplinary approach. Students will be expected to bring to the discussion of these issues a good background knowledge of taxation, as well as the type of skills learned in LL4CG. It will use the monthly Taxation Seminars during the Lent Term to provide students with direct exposure to current debates in taxation. The monthly seminars bring together a wide variety of participants, including lawyers, economists, accountants and government officials. Those attending the meetings are encouraged to participate, and the meetings provide a forum for topical discussion on taxation. The topics for the seminars are chosen each year from subjects of current interest. Seminars in this course outside of the monthly series will provide students with background for the monthly seminars and will provide the opportunity to explore in depth other topical issues in taxation and tax policy.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

10 weekly two-hour seminars in the Lent Term in a variable format, including seminar-discussions and monthly Taxation Seminars attended by a range of tax professionals.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to submit one 2,000-word formative essay or an equivalent assignment.

Indicative reading

There is no fixed list, selections being made from year to year on the basis of topicality. Detailed reading lists will be provided during the course via Moodle.

Recommended preliminary reading

James & Nobes, Economics of Taxation, or another introductory tax policy book.


Essay (100%, 8000 words).

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2014/15: 12

Average class size 2014/15: 12

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills