Associate Professor David Tan

  • Associate Professor David Tan

Senior Fellow (The Melbourne JD)


Associate Professor David Tan is Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) at NUS Law and is the first holder of the Dean’s Chair there. He holds PhD, LLB (First Class Hons) and BCom degrees from the University of Melbourne and an LLM from Harvard.

David pioneered the courses Entertainment Law and Freedom of Speech at NUS Law. He has also had visiting teaching appointments at Melbourne Law School and University of Hong Kong. His areas of research cover personality rights, copyright, trademarks, freedom of expression and tort law. His law publications have appeared in a wide range of journals that include Yale Journal of International Law, Harvard Journal of Sports & Entertainment Law, Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, WIPO Journal, Sydney Law Review, and Law Quarterly Review. His forthcoming book on celebrity image rights titled “The Commercial Appropriation of Fame” will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

In addition, David is an accomplished fine art and fashion photographer whose works have appeared in Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Marie Claire. He has had a number of solo exhibitions, with the most iconic ones being "Tainted Perfection" presented by Cartier and "Visions of Beauty" in collaboration with Versace.


The Melbourne JD