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

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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
Investment Arbitration
International Dispute Settlement

Subjects Taught


Brief Biodata

Tara Davenport is currently a JSD Candidate at Yale Law School focusing on the institutional governance of seabed resources. She received an LLM from Yale Law School in 2014 where she was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Prize for International Law. She also has an LLM in Maritime Law from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and an LLB from the London School of Economics. She is a qualified Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore. Tara received the NUS Overseas Graduate Scholarship in 2014 and a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013.

Tara worked as a shipping lawyer at Rajah and Tann, as well as in a shipping company, before joining the Centre for International Law at NUS where she worked as a Research Fellow. Her teaching experience includes serving as a co-tutor for Ocean Law and Policy at NUS as well as a tutor for the Maritime Delimitation Workshops organized by the International Boundary Research Unit, Durham University.

Representative Publications

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

2. "The Installation of Submarine Power Cables under UNCLOS: Legal and Policy Issues,"
German Yearbook of International Law, 56, pp. 1 - 43

3. Submarine Cables: The Handbook of Law and Policy (Brill Publishing, 2014) (editor with Robert Beckman and Douglas Burnett

4. Beyond Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea: Legal Frameworks for the Joint Development of Hydrocarbon Resources (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013) (editor with Robert Beckman, Clive Schofield, Ian Townsend-Gault and Leo Bernard)

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

6. "Legal Measures to Combat Piracy and Armed Robbery in the Horn of Africa and in Southeast Asia: A Comparison,"
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 35 (7) (2012), pp. 570 - 587

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