Research and Supervision Interests
Dr. Fry’s research lies at the intersection between law, history and international relations. Operating from a critical realist ontology and a postpositivist epistemology, he combines archival, empirical and doctrinal analysis and reasoning in an effort to better understand why the law is the way it is and what the relationship is between law and state behavior, if any.
As an active researcher and mentor, Dr. Fry is eager to supervise research students in the area of public international law. His current interests involve arms control and disarmament law, international humanitarian law, international organizations law and international dispute settlement. He also is interested in supervising some projects dealing with comparative law, especially East Asian law and East Asian approaches to international law.
Placement of Selected PhD Students
Dr. Agnes Chong, Assistant Professor (Law), University of Hong Kong Faculty of Business and Economics
Dr. Odysseas Repousis, Associate, International Arbitration and Transnational Litigation Groups, The Law Firm of Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, London
Dr. Inna Amesheva, Associate, Arabesque Asset Management, Frankfurt
Dr. Liu Yang, Associate, International Arbitration Group, The Law Firm of Haiwen & Partners, Shanghai
Public International Law
Arms Control and Disarmament Law
International Humanitarian Law
International Organizations Law
International Dispute Settlement
Raw Data for The Values of International Organizations Project
The project The Values of International Organizations has been made possible by a generous grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (Project No 1740221). The results of that project will be published in book format in 2019. The book quantifies international organizations’ affiliation with particular principles like cooperation, peace and equality through the language of their charters. The raw data at the heart of that book can be found at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/r5mx62ev58r0lzb/AADm4r1ecOuJLX3OsEWsBssca?dl=0.
When using this material, please acknowledge the copyright of James D. Fry, Bryane Michael & Natasha Pushkarna, The Values of International Organizations Data, at www.law.hku.hk/academic_staff/dr-james-d-fry.