Centre for International Law

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Prof Alan TAN

Head, Air Law and Policy Programme

Telephone: (65) 6516 6234
E-mail: lawtankj@nus.edu.sg

Alan Tan is Associate Professor and Vice-Dean for Research and Graduate Programmes at the NUS Law School. Born in Penang, Malaysia, Alan was educated at the Penang Free School and Raffles Junior College, subsequently obtaining an LL.B from NUS and an LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale Law School. He was the winner of the Koh Han Kok Prize for International Law at NUS, and his doctoral thesis on the law and politics of shipping regulation won the Ambrose Gherini International Law Prize at Yale Law School. Alan has clerked for the Supreme Court of Singapore and also interned at the International Maritime Organization in London. He has published widely on Maritime Law, Aviation Law and Environmental Law, particularly in the context of Asian countries. In 2006, his book “Vessel-Source Marine Pollution: The Law and Politics of International Regulation”, was published by Cambridge University Press. In the same year, his article in the Air & Space Law journal – “Liberalizing Aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Impact of the E.U. Horizontal Mandate” – won the Diedriks-Verschoor Prize for best law article.

Alan is currently a Hauser Global Visiting Professor at New York University (NYU) School of Law, where he is teaching a course on global aviation law and policy. He has also taught at the University of Sydney and served as consultant to various governments and donor agencies, including the Vietnamese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). His work on liberalizing the aviation industry in Asia has resulted in studies for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).




  • Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Studies
  • Executive Committee, Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL)
  • Hauser Global Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law, Fall 2009

Research Interests

  • Maritime Law
  • International Regulation of Shipping
  • Criminal Law
  • Aviation Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law and Policy in Southeast Asia

Selected Publications

  1. Vessel-Source Marine Pollution: The Law and Politics of International Regulation, Cambridge University Press, 416 pp. (2006)
  2. “Liberalizing Aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Impact of the EU Horizontal Mandate”, Vol. XXXI Air & Space Law 432 (2006) (Kluwer, The Netherlands)
  3. “Revisiting Section 300(c) Murder in Singapore”, Vol. 17 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 693 (2005) (Singapore)
  4. Adverse Inferences and the Right to Silence: Re-examining the Singapore Experience”, Criminal Law Review 471 (July 1997) (United Kingdom)
  5. “The ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution: Prospects for Compliance and Effectiveness in Post-Suharto Indonesia”, Vol. 13 New York University Environmental Law Journal 647 (2005) (U.S.A.)
  6. “Forest Fires of Indonesia: State Responsibility and International Liability”, Vol. 48, International and Comparative Law Quarterly 826 (1999) (United Kingdom)