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About the research group

The name FIRE is chosen by the Research Group because the name refers to the fact that we are passionate about our areas of expertise and our projects.

The establishment of the Research Group is caused by an organizational restructuring of research and education within the area of direct and indirect tax law at the Faculty of Law in order to create a larger focus on and a more targeted coordination of this area of law.

In the spring 2014 Professor Rasmus Kristian Feldthusen took over the responsibility as course coordinator of the tax courses at the Faculty of Law after Professor Jacob Graff Nielsen was appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Dean and Professor Jacob Graff Nielsen is part of the Research Group when time allows for it. 

As of January 1, 2016, the Research Group was enlarged by the employment of Assistant Professor in VAT and Tax Law, Karina Kim Egholm Elgaard, and in the autumn 2015 further enlargement was made with the welcoming of two Industrial PhD Fellows: Signe Wesenberg-Lund from SKAT (the Danish tax authorities) and Jesper Buus from KPMG Acor Tax.

The purpose of FIRE – Fiscal Relations Research Group is to contribute nationally as well as internationally to further the development of research and education within tax and VAT law including actively to serve as the link between law students, researchers, public institutions and the business community in order to strengthen the scientific and educational environment within tax and VAT law.

Fulfillment of the purpose of the Research Group will be made by planning and arranging various research and educational initiatives and activities within the area of direct and indirect taxation including in cooperation with external cooperating partners either from the same area of expertise or from other areas of expertise such as interdisciplinary areas which are relevant for tax law. The Research Group is very open and extrovert. Thus, the Research Group warmly welcomes all new and creative ideas and initiatives within research and education in tax law.

Naturally, the Research Group highly prioritizes free and independent research and the highest degree of science ethics.