Dr James D. Fry

Department of Law

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

Visiting Professor, Chuo University School of Law, Japan
Visiting Professor, Seoul National University School of Law, South Korea
Senior Fellow, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University


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, with the International Litigation and Arbitration Group of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York and with Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye on the New York Court of Appeals. Dr. Fry has served as a legal officer for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, and he has provided counsel and expertise to various international organizations throughout the world, including the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, 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 involving 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 McGill University Faculty of Law, 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. 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 and the International Law Association. He is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

Dr. Fry hails from the United States, although he has spent significant time in Bahrain, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands and China. As a result, he has varying degrees of proficiency in the languages and cultures of those countries.


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

Research Area

  • Public International Law
  • Arms Control and Disarmament Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Organizations Law
  • International Dispute Settlement

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