Joyce Melcar Tan

Professor
Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Philippines

Specialization

Climate Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law and Policy

Joyce Melcar Tan's experience with energy and natural resources law includes:

  • Determining the characterization of and regulatory requirements for transmission and connection assets and evaluating options for the interconnection of a 600 MW coal-fired power plant located 74 kilometers away from the national grid;
  • Evaluating the constitutionality of a private entity’s exercise of its statutorily granted eminent domain power to benefit other private companies operating public utilities;
  • Reviewing power supply agreements, independent power producer administration agreements, and financing agreements for a multinational company’s initial public offering in the Singapore stock exchange;
  • Drafting an industry position paper for the national association of mining companies on a proposed ban on mining and proposed changes to the Philippine laws and regulations on mining and the effect of such changes on the Philippines’ bilateral treaty obligations;
  • Examining the regulatory framework for water pollution, particularly compensatory and punitive measures and remediation requirements, applicable to mining operations;
  • Assisting in the development of defenses against the imposition of a Php 1.03 billion penalty for the spill of effluents into water bodies; and
  • Identifying and working with experts on meteorology and flood control for property damage claims from floods alleged to have been caused by water releases from a multi-purpose dam used for irrigation, hydropower generation, and water quality management.

Education

  • Ateneo de Manila University (A.B., honorable mention; J.D., Second Honors) 
  • St. Louis University Madrid

Environmental Fields of Interest

  • Climate Change
  • Energy

Papers/Publications Published

  • Lejano, R., Tan, J.M., and Wilson, M., 2016. A Textual Processing Model of Risk Communication: Lessons from Typhoon Haiyan.
  • Weather, Climate, and Society, 447-463; Lejano, R., Tan, J.M., and Wilson, M., 2015. Learning from Typhoon Haiyan. Nature, 518: 35