Dr. Alan Tan is a Professor of Aviation Law at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Law School. He teaches and researches aviation law, shipping law, and environmental law.
In 2009, Alan was appointed Hauser Global Visiting Professor at the New York University (NYU) School of Law, where he taught Global Aviation Law & Policy.
He is also an instructor at the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), course trainer for the IATA Training and Development Institute (most recently in Beijing) and a frequent speaker at the annual IATA Legal Symposium.
Alan is the leading aviation law academic in Asia whose research interests lie in the liberalization of the Asia-Pacific aviation industry, the competition/antitrust aspects of aviation, the interpretation of the Chicago Convention on international civil aviation and other aviation agreements, and the overall policy and regulatory aspects of aviation, particularly in ASEAN and the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a consultant on aviation liberalization for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), AirAsia and Royal Brunei Airlines.
On the governmental side, Alan has worked with and presented at the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (on the Damascus Agreement), the Sri Lankan Attorney-General’s Chambers (on air services agreements), the Indonesian Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (on “open skies” for Indonesia), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and the European Union-funded ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project (AATIP). More recently, he has worked with China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) on its preferred stance toward Japanese and U.S. airline joint ventures that might have anti-competitive effects in the Chinese market.
Alan has also worked with CAPA Consulting on a landmark study for the ASEAN Secretariat on the prospects for a single aviation market in Southeast Asia. In addition, he has served as consultant to the ASEAN Air Carriers Association on the interpretation of fifth and seventh freedom rights in the ASEAN multilateral agreements for air transport liberalization. He has also spoken at industry events, including for IATA, AirAsia, Royal Brunei Airlines, Cebu Pacific Airlines, Qatar Airways, CAPA, Abacus, Amadeus, Embraer and at the Singapore and Langkawi Airshows.
Alan has published extensively on aviation issues in leading journals such as the Annals of Air and Space Law (Canada), the Journal of Air Law & Commerce (U.S.A.), the Journal of Air Transport Management (Netherlands), Air & Space Law (Netherlands) and Issues in Aviation Law and Policy (U.S.A.). In 2006, his article “Liberalizing Aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Impact of the E.U. Horizontal Mandate” was published in the Air and Space Law journal and won the Diederiks-Verschoor Prize for Best Publication in Air and Space Law, awarded by Kluwer Law International. Alan has authored opinion pieces on Asian aviation in industry publications such as CAPA’s Airline Leader, Airline Business and in broadsheets such as the Straits Times (Singapore) and the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). He has also been interviewed by numerous media organizations such as CNBC, Channel News Asia, the Bangkok Post, the Phnom Penh Post, Reuters, the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal.