Assistant Professor

JSD (Yale Law School), LL.M. (Yale Law School), LL.M. (Maritime Law, NUS), LL.B. London School of Economics, Advocate and Solicitor, Singapore

  • Board Member, APCEL
  • Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law (CIL)
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-3619 
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

International Law
Law of the Sea
International Dispute Settlement

Subjects Taught

Law of the Sea: Theory and Practice
Principles of Property Law

Brief Biodata

Dr. Tara Davenport is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS) and a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for International Law (CIL) at NUS. She has an LLB from the London School of Economics, an LLM in Maritime Law from NUS, an LLM and JSD from Yale Law School.

She received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013 and the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship in 2014. She is a qualified Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. Her current research interests are public international law, law of the sea and international dispute settlement. She has written on the South China Sea disputes, submarine cables and deep seabed mining. She is a member of the Legal Working Group on Liability for Environmental Harm from Activities in the Area convened by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Secretariat of the International Seabed Authority. She is also the Rapporteur for the International Law Association Study Committee on Submarine Cables and Pipelines.

Representative Publications

1. "The High Seas Freedom to Lay Submarine Cables and The Protection of the Marine Environment: Challenges for High Seas Governance," 112 American Journal of International Law Unbound (2018) 139 - 143

2. "Island-Building in the South China Sea after the Award: Legality & Limits," 8 (1) Asian Journal of International Law (2018) 76 - 90

3. "Submarine Cables, Cybersecurity and International Law: An Intersectional Analysis," 24 Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology (2015) 57 - 109

4. "Submarine Power Cables and International Law" 56 German Yearbook of International Law (2014) 107 - 148

5. "Southeast Asian Approaches to Maritime Boundaries," 4 Asian Journal of International Law (2014) 309 - 357

6. "Submarine Communications Cables and Law of the Sea: Problems in Law and Practice" 43 Ocean Development and International Law (2012) 201 - 242

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