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Joyce Melcar Tan

Makati City
Ateneo de Manila University School of Law
joycemelcartan [at]

Environmental Fields of Interest

Climate Law and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
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.


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

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
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