Mr David Tan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Lecturer (Constitutional Law)

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

david.tan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 46208

Biography

David Tan specialises in analytic legal philosophy. His main research areas are in applying philosophy of language to legal interpretation, and constitutional theory. He has previously taught at Monash University and the University of Tasmania (in the international students support program). His research can be found at https://ssrn.com/author=2489888

David’s approach to legal issues is very much informed by his background in both law and philosophy. Philosophy isn’t just relevant to abstract questions about the nature of law, but has interesting things to say regarding common legal topics everyday lawyers face like legal interpretation or causation at criminal or private law.

He is currently completing his PhD which uses formal linguistics to model theories of legal interpretation that are grounded in principles of communication. Linguistic analyses of legal interpretation is gaining popularity as a field of research internationally and David is one of the few legal academics working on this area in Australia.

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Knowledge areas

Legal Philosophy

Legal Interpretation

Constitutional Law

Publications

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2016

Precedent, rules and the standard picture

D Tan

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 81-115, Australian journal of legal philosophy, Canberra, A.C.T., C1-1

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