Dr James D. Fry


Associate Professor of Law
Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) Programme
Academic Member of the Centre for Chinese Law
Fellow of the Centre for Comparative & Public Law
Senior Fellow, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

PhD, Geneva (IHEID)
ALM, Harvard
LLM, Leiden
JD, Georgetown
MIA, Columbia


James Fry, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the LLM Programme, served as a member of the teaching faculty of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva before joining the University of Hong Kong in 2008. Before that, Dr. Fry worked with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser and with the International Litigation and Arbitration Group of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. He also served as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye on the New York Court of Appeals and as a Special Adviser to President Ivana Hrdličková on the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Dr. Fry also has served as a legal officer for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission and has provided counsel and expertise to various international institutions throughout the world, including the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr. Fry was selected to represent the New York City Bar Association and the American Society of International Law in the United Nations at various times. He also has worked on a wide range of international cases under HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, NASD, UNCC, UNCITRAL, UNCLOS, and ad hoc rules, including cases administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and he has given legal advice to various states in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Since joining HKU, Dr. Fry has held visiting academic positions with such reputable institutions as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, the University of Fribourg Faculty of Law, the International Maritime Law Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the McGill University Faculty of Law, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Seoul National University School 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. He also has been a fellow with the Aspen Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a Rotary Foundation Scholar. Dr. Fry is an active member of the New York Bar, the Hong Kong Law Society, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Atlantic Council, the Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program Panel, and the International Law Association. He is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and a trained negotiator with the Association of International Energy Negotiators.

As a competitive traveler, Dr. Fry has visited 103 countries and counting. Dr. Fry originally hails from New York City, although he has spent significant time in Austria, Bahrain, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Panama, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland. As a result, he has varying degrees of proficiency in the languages and cultures of those countries.

Research Area

  • Public International Law
  • International Energy Law
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • International Conflict and Security Law
  • International Organizations Law
  • Contract Law and Tort Law

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Placement of Selected PhD Students and Post-PhD Fellows

Research and Supervision Interests

Raw Data for The Values of International Organizations Project