Tan Alan Khee-Jin

Expert in Aviation Law, Policy and Regulation, Professor, Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.)
Tan Alan Khee-Jin


Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), National University of Singapore (NUS).

Master of Laws (LL.M), Yale Law School, Yale University (USA).

Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.), Yale Law School, Yale University.

Teaching activity: 

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.

Other Activities: 

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.

Tan A.K.J., Aviation Policy in the Philippines and the Impact of the Proposed Southeast Asian Single Aviation Market, 44(4/5) Air & Space Law 285–308 (2009).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. "An Unfinished Symphony: Negotiating Aviation Relations as a 'Single' Bloc in Southeast Asia, in Elgar Research Handbook in International Aviation Law, Edward Elgar Publishing (Brian Havel, ed.) (2020) (United Kingdom), forthcoming.
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. Developing ASEAN’s Single Aviation Market and Regional Air Services Agreements with Dialogue Partners, ASEAN-Australia Development Co-operation Programme (with Ian Thomas, et al) (CAPA Consulting) (2008).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Air Transport Integration in the ASEAN Region”, Report for the World Bank, Washington DC, USA, October 2013.
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Air Transportation – Lifting-the-Barriers Report”, ASEAN Business Club Forum 2015, CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) and AirAsia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 2015.
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Airline Agreements and Competition Law: Qantas Airways’ Operations in Singapore”, Vol. 33, Annals of Air and Space Law 111 (2008) (Canada).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Antitrust Immunity for Trans-Pacific Airline Alliance Agreements: Singapore and China as ‘Beyond’ Markets”, Vol. 38 Air and Space Law 275 (2013) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “India's Evolving Policy on International Civil Aviation”, Vol. 38 Air and Space Law 439 (2013) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Liberalizing Aviation in the Asia-Pacific Region: The Impact of the EU Horizontal Mandate”, Vol. 31 Air & Space Law 432 (2006) (Netherlands) (winner of the Diederiks-Verschoor Prize for Best Publication in Air and Space Law).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “New Heights for ASEAN-China Commercial Diplomacy in Aviation”, Vol. 9 No. 2, East Asia Forum Quarterly 29 (2017), Australian National University (Australia).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Ownership and Control of Airlines in Southeast Asia: Prospects for an ASEAN Community Carrier”, Brief IDEAS No. 8, Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 2017.
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Prospects for a Single Aviation Market in Southeast Asia”, Vol. 34, Annals of Air and Space Law 253 (2009) (Canada).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Singapore’s New Air Services Agreements with the E.U. and the U.K.: Implications for Liberalization in Asia”, Vol. 73(2) Journal of Air Law and Commerce 351 (2008) (U.S.A.).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “Sovereignty and Air Services Agreements in Asia: The Long Flight from Bilateralism to Multilateralism”, in Behind and Beyond the Chicago Convention: The Evolution of Aerial Sovereignty, Wolters Kluwer (Pablo Mendes de Leon & Niall Buissing, eds.) (2019) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The 2004 Damascus Agreement: Liberalizing Market Access and Ownership Rules for Arab Air Carriers”, Vol. 35, Annals of Air and Space Law 1 (2010) (Canada).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The 2010 ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement: Much Ado over Fifth Freedom Rights?”, Vol. 14 (1) Issues in Aviation Law and Policy 19 (2014) (USA).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The 2010 ASEAN-China Air Transport Agreement: Placing the Cart before the Horse?” Vol. 37, Air and Space Law 35 (2012) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services: En Route to Open Skies?” Vol. 16(6), Journal of Air Transport Management 289 (2010) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The Future of Multilateral Liberalization of Air Transport in Asia", in Air Transport in the Asia Pacific, Ashgate (David Timothy Duval, ed.) (2014) (United Kingdom).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “The Proposed E.U. – ASEAN Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement: What Might It Contain and Can It Work?” Vol. 43 Transport Policy 76 (2015) (Netherlands).
Tan Alan Khee-Jin. “What Flies Ahead? The ASEAN Single Aviation Market”, Analysis, ASEANFocus, ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Issue 1/2016, February/March 2016.