TAN Alan Khee Jin
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JSD LL.M. (Yale), LL.B. (NUS)

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Office Address

Dean's Office, FED-01-01A
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

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

Subjects Taught

Aviation Law and Policy
Criminal Law
International Environmental Law and Policy
International Maritime Law
Introduction to Environmental Law

Brief Biodata

Alan Tan is Professor at the NUS Law School, specialising in Aviation Law, Maritime Law, Criminal Law and Environmental Law.

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 been a Justices' Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Singapore and has also interned at the International Maritime Organization in London. He has published widely on Aviation Law, Maritime 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 was Vice-Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at NUS Law (2006 to 2010) and Director (Projects) in the Office of the Provost at NUS (2011 to 2012), overseeing the newly-established Yale-NUS College's double degree programs. He was also Director of the NYU@NUS Dual Degree program through which students obtained two LL.M degrees from the New York University and NUS Law Schools. In 2009, he was appointed as Hauser Global Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, where he taught global aviation law and policy. He has also taught at the University of Sydney and served as a consultant to various governments and donor agencies, including the Vietnamese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Alan has also been engaged as a consultant on aviation liberalization in Asia by the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Arab League and various national governments.

Representative 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. "The E.U. Ship-Source Pollution Directive and State Jurisdiction over Pollution from Ships", Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 469 (2010) (United Kingdom)

4. "Revisiting Section 300 Murder in Singapore", Vol. 17 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 693 (2005) (Singapore)

5. Adverse Inferences and the Right to Silence: Re-examining the Singapore Experience", Criminal Law Review 471 (July 1997) (United Kingdom)

6. "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.)

7. "Forest Fires of Indonesia: State Responsibility and International Liability", Vol. 48, International and Comparative Law Quarterly 826 (1999) (United Kingdom)

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