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Dr David Tan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

Deakin Law School

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2019
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Tasmania, 2013
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Law, University of Tasmania, 2013

Biography

David Tan is a Lecturer in Deakin Law School and specialises in analytic legal philosophy. His main research areas are in legal interpretation (primarily linguistic and intentionalist approaches) as well as public law theory. He has published in leading international legal philosophy journals such as Legal TheoryCanadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence and Ratio Juris

His approach to legal issues is very much informed by his background in both law and philosophy. Philosophy isn’t just limited abstract questions but has interesting things to say regarding legal concepts that everyday lawyers face such as legal interpretation and causation.

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Units taught

  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law

Knowledge areas

  • Legal Philosophy
  • Legal Interpretation
  • Constitutional Law

Publications

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2024

How Does the High Court Interpret the Constitution?: A Qualitative Analysis Between 2019-2021

David Tan, Tamsin Paige, Despina Hrambanis, Joseph Green

(2024), Vol. 47, pp. 177-210, University of New South Wales Law Journal, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Legislative Intent and Agency: A Rational Unity Account

Stephanie Collins, David Tan

(2024), pp. 1-26, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

HOW DOES THE HIGH COURT INTERPRET THE CONSTITUTION? A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS BETWEEN 2019-21

D Tan, T Paige, D Hrambanis, J Green

(2024), Vol. 47, pp. 177-210, University of New South Wales Law Journal, C1-1

journal article
2023

The Problem of Interpretive Canons

David Tan

(2023), Vol. 44, pp. 1-14, Statute Law Review, Oxford, Eng., C1

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The Thought Problem and Judicial Review of Administrative Algorithms

David Tan, David Tan

(2023), Vol. 44, pp. 37-67, Adelaide Law Review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

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Defending Aggregated Legislative Intent

David Tan

(2023), pp. 1-31, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence: an international journal of legal thought, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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2021

Uncommon Legislative Attitudes: Why a Theory of Legislative Intent Needs Nontrivial Aggregation

D Tan

(2021), Vol. 34, pp. 139-160, Ratio Juris, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Objective Intentionalism and Disagreement

D Tan

(2021), Vol. 27, pp. 316-351, Legal Theory, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE NATIONAL CABINET

David Tan

(2021), Vol. 32, pp. 281-286, PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, C1

journal article
2020

Impairment and Limited State Immunity

David Tan

(2020), Vol. 31, pp. 58-74, PUBLIC LAW REVIEW, C1

journal article
2018

The metaphysics of statehood

D Tan

(2018), Vol. 31, pp. 403-429, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, C1

journal article
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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report