TAN David

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Melbourne), LL.M. (Harvard), LL.B. (Hons), B.Com. (Melbourne)

  • Dean's Chair
  • Vice Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Director (Communications)
  • Senate Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Sub-Committee, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Board Member, Institutional Review Board, Singapore Sports Institute
  • Academic Fellow, Centre of Law & Business
  • Associate Member, Centre for International Law, NUS
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-6781 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

Entertainment Law
Publicity/Privacy Rights
Cultural Studies
Freedom of Speech
Outer Space Law

Subjects Taught

Entertainment Law: Pop Iconography and Celebrity (LL4177)
Freedom of Speech: Critical and Comparative Perspectives (LL4190)
Law of Torts (LC1004)

Brief Biodata

David Tan holds a PhD from Melbourne Law School, a LLM from Harvard, and graduated with a LLB (First Class Honours)/BCom from the University of Melbourne. He was named the 1998 Outstanding Young Person of Singapore and is also an accomplished fine art fashion photographer, having published a coffeetable book "Visions of Beauty" in association with Versace, and "Tainted Perfection" in collaboration with Cartier in Singapore. His most recent retrospective collection of photographs "David Tan: The First Decade" is exclusively distributed by PageOne/Kinokuniya bookstores. David was formerly with the Singapore Administrative Service, serving as Director of Sports at Ministry of Community Development, Youth & Sports and Director of International Talent at Ministry of Manpower. In the area of law, he has published in a diverse range of journals like the Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law, Sydney Law Review, Australian Law Journal and Australian Intellectual Property Journal.

Representative Publications

1. 'The Lost Language of the First Amendment in Copyright Fair Use: A Semiotic Perspective of the "Transformative Use" Doctrine Twenty-Five Years On' (2016) 26 Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal 311

2. 'Beyond Trademark Law: What the Right of Publicity Can Learn from Cultural Studies' (2008) 25 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 913

3. 'The Reynolds Privilege in a Neo-Confucianist Communitarian Democracy: Reinvigorating Freedom of Political Communication in Singapore' [2011] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 456

4. 'A Sufficiently Close Relationship Akin to Employment' (2013) 129 Law Quarterly Review 30

5. 'Debunking a Myth: A Rejection of the "Assumption of Responsibility" Test for Duty of Care' (2014) 22 Torts Law Journal 183

6. 'The Promise of Universality: The Spandeck Formulation Half A Decade On' (2013) 25 Singapore Academy of Law Journal 510 (co-author Goh Yihan)

7. 'Towards a New Regime for the Protection of Outer Space as the Province of All Mankind' (2000) 25 Yale Journal of International Law 145

Publication List