Faculty Feature: Associate Professor David Tan, Vice Dean (Academic Affairs)
A Road Less Travelled
Associate Professor David Tan, Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) has taken an unusual road to academia. David has previously worked with McKinsey & Company, DBS Bank and the Singapore Administrative Service. He is the first associate professor at NUS Law to be appointed to the position of Dean’s Chair in 2016. His legal expertise covers three key areas of intellectual and intangible property – (i) personality rights; (ii) copyright; and (iii) trademarks – as well as tort law and comparative constitutional freedom of expression.
David was named The Outstanding Young Person in 1998 by the Junior Chamber International (Singapore) and the Most Promising Young Person in 2001 by Singapore Tatler. He is also a well-known fine art and fashion photographer, having contributed to magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, and has had solo photography exhibitions presented by luxury brands Cartier and Versace.
Fresh from the launch of his latest book The Commercial Appropriation of Fame: A Cultural Analysis of the Right of Publicity and Passing Off, David shares more about his book, his experiences and the challenges of his role as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) at nus.edu/2Ab3Wog.
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