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LAWS17-807: Dispute Resolution in International Tax January 2022 [Intensive - Intensive Weeks 8 & 9]

General information

Dispute Resolution in International Tax is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law in which undergraduate students may be permitted to enrol. This subject examines dispute resolution in the international tax arena, focusing on the three main avenues of tax treaty controversy management: The Mutual Agreement Procedure, Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Advance Pricing Agreements/Arrangements. Each of these avenues will be critically evaluated in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and relevant ongoing issues and problems will be explored. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the practical and strategic operation of these procedures, and an awareness of key issues and risks.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS17-807
Subject title:Dispute Resolution in International Tax
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x4 (Total hours: 24) - Intensive seminars
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 96) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Intensive delivery by way of teacher-led on-campus delivery. Attendance/participation at a minimum of 80% of the seminars is strongly recommended. This subject will not be streamed.


Prescribed resources:
  • OECD (2017). OECD Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital - Condensed version November 2017 (link available on the iLearn Resources page). OECD
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Must have completed a minimum 120 Credit Points of LAWS subjects AND have a minimum average of 65% in LAWS subjects. Admission into a Bachelor degree offered by the Faculty of Law OR a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) combined degree OR approved law Study Abroad or Exchange student

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Analyse and demonstrate knowledge of the provisions in relation to the Mutual Agreement Procedure, Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Advance Pricing Agreements/Arrangements, and of their strategic application in various fact scenarios.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the current issues and specific risks pertaining to the different international tax dispute resolution methods covered.
  3. Plan and execute research-based projects using relevant principles and methods to a professional standard.
  4. Critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of international tax dispute resolution procedures.
  5. Demonstrate high level personal autonomy and accountability through independent learning practices.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Interactive seminar participation 30% Ongoing 1, 2, 4, 5.
Take-home Examination Take-home exam (this will involve research) (7 day duration) 70% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

The University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

IMPORTANT: Successful completion of this law elective cannot be credited towards future postgraduate studies. | Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.

Subject curriculum

Discussion of the reasons for a growing number of disputes in the Global Arena, examination of the latest statistical data

The 15-point Action Plan – new global international tax rules ; BEPS Action 14: The Mutual Agreement Procedure, Mandatory Arbitration and Advance Pricing Arrangements ; BEPS Action 15: The Multilateral Instrument: The Mutual Agreement Procedure and Binding Mandatory Arbitration

Transfer pricing ; Permanent establishments ; Other issues

An introduction to Tax Treaty Provisions: The Mutual Agreement Procedure, Mandatory Binding Arbitration and Advance Pricing Arrangements/Agreements

Australia’s APA program ; A comparison with the APA program in the United States ; Advantages and disadvantages of APAs in the global arena

The OECD Model Convention ; The UN Model Convention ; The US Model Convention ; The OECD Multilateral Instrument ; Problems/issues with the Mutual Agreement Procedure

The OECD Model Convention ; The UN Model Convention ; The US Model Convention ; The OECD Multilateral Instrument ; The EU Arbitration Convention ; The EU Dispute Resolution Directive ; Problems/issues with Mandatory Binding Arbitration

Approved on: Nov 5, 2021. Edition: 1.3
Last updated: Nov 16, 2021.