Each year, up to four students may participate in the International Tax Practicum, a yearlong skills course that uses a mock tax treaty litigation as a lens for studying issues in international tax law. As part of this course, students compete in the International and European Moot Court Competition with teams from all over the world. Students learn to identify legal issues raised by a fact pattern, and they draft briefs for both the government and taxpayer on the issues raised by the moot. If the UVA team’s briefs are strong enough, the team travels to Belgium to compete in the oral phase of the competition against teams from other schools. The weeklong competition features lectures by prominent tax professors and judges as well as a trip to the European Union’s Commission in Brussels.
Admission to this course is by application in the spring semester. Professor Ruth Mason is the faculty adviser.
“Despite being very busy preparing and delivering our arguments, we managed to make friends with teams from across Europe. We exchanged ideas about how our disparate legal systems operate and how our legal educations systems differ.”
—BENJAMIN KRAMER ’19, 2018-19 Team
“I found the rebuttal and surrebuttal parts of the arguments incredibly exciting. I realized just how much I had learned when I could quickly respond to the challenges raised by the other side and bolster my position in the process.”
—CHRISTINA McLEOD ’18, 2017-18 Team
"Preparing the brief, while difficult and touching on many subjects I was unfamiliar with, was extremely gratifying. It brought together all of my law school education and gave me a single capstone experience to be proud of."
—JON WILSON ’17, 2016-17 Team