Dr. James David Fry

Visiting Associate Professor of International Law

  • PhD, University of Geneva (IHEID)
  • LLM, Leiden University
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
  • MIA, Columbia University
  • BA, Brigham Young University


James Fry, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the LLM Program at the University of Hong Kong, served as a member of the teaching faculty of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva before joining the University of Hong Kong in 2008. Before that, Professor Fry worked with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the International Litigation and Arbitration Group of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. Professor Fry has provided legal counsel and expertise to various international organizations and institutions throughout the world, including the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the International Committee for the Red Cross, the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, the International Organization for Migration, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the World Meteorological Organization and the World Trade Organization, and he has represented the New York City Bar Association in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law. Professor Fry also has worked on a variety of international cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules. Since joining HKU, Professor Fry has held visiting academic positions with such reputable institutions as the University of Fribourg Faculty of Law, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the McGill University Faculty of Law, the SMU Dedman School of Law, the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Law and Politics, and the University of Vienna School of Law. Professor Fry is an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Asia Society and the Travelers’ Century Club, as well as a member of the New York Bar, the American Society of International Law, the European Society of International Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Professor Fry plays an active role in the Hong Kong Law Society’s Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee and in the International Law Association’s Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law. Professor Fry is writing a number of books dealing with international law and comparative law. Recent publications include "Legal Resolution of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Disputes," (Cambridge University Press, 2013), as well as pieces in such prestigious journals as the American Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, the University of New South Wales Law Journal, and King’s Law Journal. From 2004-2013, Professor Fry was Managing Editor of International Organizations Law Review. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Hong Kong Law Journal and the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, and he also reviews articles for a number of top law journals. Professor Fry enjoys teaching courses that relate to international law and comparative law, and he has received a number of teaching-related and research-related grants and awards. Professor Fry hails from Great Neck, New York, although he has spent significant time in Bahrain, China, Japan, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Austria and Canada. Professor Fry welcomes all media inquiries, consultation requests and lecture invitations.

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