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Dr Nathan Tamblyn

Associate Professor of the Common Law


01392 725046

Amory 103J


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Nathan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association, and a Panellist at the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. 

Arbitration appointments



MA (Oxford) 

LLM (Cambridge)

PhD (Cambridge)


Barrister (Gray's Inn)




University of Exeter Law School, Associate Professor (from 2018), previously Senior Lecturer (2014-2018)

Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, Assistant Professor (2009-2014)

University of Cambridge, college supervisor (2007-2009)

Barrister, Quadrant Chambers, London (2000-2006)



Tamblyn, Shipping Law: An Outline (Amazon, 2nd edn 2021)

Tamblyn, Criminal Law: An Outline (Amazon, 5th edn 2021)

Tamblyn and Hughes-Davies, Tort Law (Routledge, 2019)

Tamblyn, The Law of Duress and Necessity: Crime, Tort, Contract (Routledge, 2017)

Tamblyn, Unjust Enrichment: An Outline (Amazon, 2nd edn 2017)

Tamblyn, Hong Kong Contract Law (Hong Kong: Rights Press, 2014)

Browse Nathan's books on Amazon


Book chapters:

Tamblyn, 'The Nature of Tort Law' in Tort Law and Practice (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 5th edn 2020)

Tamblyn, 'Bailment' in Chitty on Contract (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 6th edn 2019)

Tamblyn, 'Restitution and Unjust Enrichment' in Chitty on Contract (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 6th edn 2019)

Tamblyn, 'Damages' in Chitty on Contract (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell, 5th edn 2016)

Tamblyn, 'Arbitration Time Extensions' in Butterworth's Commercial Court and Arbitration Pleadings (Tottel, 2005)


Journal articles:

Tamblyn, 'The Defence of Illegality in Private Law' [2021] Liverpool Law Review Read here

Tamblyn, 'Reforming Theft: Taking Without Consent' [2020] Criminal Law Review 594

Tamblyn, 'The Common Ground of Law and Anarchism' (2019) 40 Liverpool Law Review 65 Read here

Tamblyn, 'Separating Unjust Enrichment and Subrogation' (2018) 44 Exeter Law Review 1

Tamblyn, 'Separating Rescission and Restitution' (2016) 33 Journal of Contract Law 135

Tamblyn, 'The Tort of Intimidation and Breach of Contract' (2015) 23 Tort Law Review 164

Tamblyn, 'Necessity and Murder' (2015) 79 Journal of Criminal Law 46

Tamblyn, 'Why is Killing Morally Wrong?' (2014) 25 King's Law Journal 454

Tamblyn, 'Unjust Enrichment, Leapfrogging and a Defence of Entitlement' [2014] Hong Kong Law Journal 551

Tamblyn, 'Lawful Act Conspiracy: Malice and Abuse of Rights' [2013] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 158

Tamblyn, 'Parmenides and Nagarjuna: A Buddhist Interpretation of Ancient Greek Philosophy' (2013) 4 Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies 134

Tamblyn, 'Private Necessity in English and American Tort Law' [2012] Journal of Comparative Law 38

Tamblyn, 'The Duty to Help the World's Poor' (2012) 23 King's Law Journal 312

Tamblyn, 'Causation and Bad Faith in Economic Duress' [2011] Journal of Contract Law 140

Tamblyn, 'Contracting under Lawful Act Duress' [2010] Singapore Journal of Legal Studies 400

Tamblyn, 'Damages under String Contracts for Sale of Goods' [2009] Journal of Business Law 1


Book reviews:

Tamblyn, Review of C Webb, Reason and Restitution: A Theory of Unjust Enrichment (2016) 32 Journal of Professional Negligence 231

Tamblyn, Review of G Villalta Puig, Economic Relations between Australia and the European Union: Law and Policy (2014) 19 European Foreign Affairs Review 602


Opinion pieces:

Tamblyn, 'Popular Elitism' (2021) Exeter Law

Tamblyn, 'Either Way, It's the End of the World as We Know It' (2019) Exeter Law

Tamblyn, 'Still Arguing about Transgender' (2019) Exeter Law

Tamblyn, 'Dreadlocks and Cultural Appropriation' (2018) Exeter Law

Tamblyn, 'The Immigrant Song' (2018) Exeter Law

Tamblyn, 'Arguing about Transgender' (2017) Exeter Law


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