Dr Fry, James D.
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, 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. Dr. Fry has provided legal counsel and expertise to various international organizations throughout the world, including the International Committee for the Red Cross, 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. Dr. Fry also has worked on a variety of international cases under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules. 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 Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, the McGill University Faculty of Law, the SMU Dedman School of Law and the University of Vienna School of Law.
Dr. Fry currently is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Asia Society and the Travelers’ Century Club (75 countries visited and counting). Dr. Fry also is a member of the New York Bar, the American Society of International Law, the European Society of International Law, the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association. Dr. 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.
Dr. 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 theAmerican Journal of International Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, theMichigan Journal of International Law, the Stanford Journal of International Law, theColumbia Journal of Transnational Law, the University of New South Wales Law Journal, and King’s Law Journal. From 2004-2013, Dr. Fry was Managing Editor ofInternational 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. Dr. Fry enjoys teaching courses that relate to international law and comparative law. He has received a number of teaching-related and research-related grants and awards. Dr. Fry hails from New York, although he has spent significant time in Bahrain, Japan, Switzerland, The Netherlands and China.
Dr. Fry welcomes all media inquiries, consultation requests, lecture invitations and expressions of interest from prospective PhD students.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2019-05-01||Seed Funding for Basic Research - HK$93,200: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2011-11-01||Finalist, 2011 Doreen & Jim McElvany Nonproliferation Challenge: James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies||Research Achievement|
|2012-04-01||Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research (Code 201111159209) - HK$44,000 for 7 months: HKU - Project entitled "Religion's Relevance to Moral Fairness in International Law: A Review of Franck's Theory of Distributive Justice"||Research Achievement|
|2010-03-01||Universitas 21 Fellowship: HKU - Visit McGill University, grant of HK$50,000||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2014-03-01||Teaching Development Grant: HKU - HK$496,440 - “A Longitudinal Study on the Impact on the Impact of Hall Education in HKU” - Led by Dr. Sam Chu (Education Department)||Research Achievement|
|2012-11-01||6th Place, 2012 Innovating Justice Award (annual competition run by the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law to find the most “[p]romising, new, breakthrough solutions to Rule of Law challenges”): Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law||Research Achievement|
|2013-04-01||Continuing Professional Development Grant (for international arbitrator training): HKU - HK$8,500||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2009-12-01||Research Output Prize: HKU - HK$120,000||Research Achievement|
|2013-05-01||Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research - HK$117,700: HKU - Project entitled "Towards an International Piracy Tribunal"||Research Achievement|
|2011-12-01||Continuing Professional Development Grant (for mediator accreditation training): HKU - HK$43,000||Research Achievement|
|2010-06-01||RGC GRF Funded Project (Code 744310H) - HK$139,998 for 24 months: RGC - Protect entitled "Cleaved International Law: Complementarity and Conflict Between Branches of Public International Law"||Research Achievement|
|2012-06-01||Faculty Development Fund Grant (to attend a conference in Vienna): HKU - HK$14,435||Research Achievement|
|2014-05-01||Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research - HK$35,800: HKU - "Mao-Era International Law Scholarship and the Chinese Progress Narrative"||Research Achievement|
|2013-01-01||Teaching Development Grant: HKU - HK$58,999||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2014-07-01||RGC GRF Funded Project - (Code 17402214) - HK$1,183,768: RGC - Project entitled "Comparative Law of International Organizations: An Inductive Approach"||Research Achievement|
|2011-03-01||Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research (Code 201011159089) - HK$98,590 for 7 months: HKU - Project entitled "Regularity through Reason: A Foundation of Virtue for International Arbitration"||Research Achievement|
|2013-05-01||Grant for Universitas 21 Summer School in Human Rights (University of Connecticut) as a Faculty Member: HKU - HK$12,000||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2012-07-01||Conference Fund Grant (for a paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the European Society of International Law): HKU - HK$16,500||Research Achievement|
|2015-06-01||Faculty Research Output Prize: HKU Faculty of Law||Research Achievement|
|2015-02-01||Seed Funding for the Collaborative Research Fund - HK$75,000: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2015-02-01||Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research - HK$70,800: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2015-03-01||Research Merit Award (in connection with my 2014 RGC GRF Funded Project): The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2016-06-01||Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship: Council on Foreign Relations||Research Achievement|
|2016-09-01||Seed Funding for Basic Research - HK$39,000: HKU - Project entitled "Western Misperceptions of China's Approach to International Law"||Research Achievement|
|2017-11-01||Comparative Law of International Investment Agreements: An Inductive Approach: University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law||Research Achievement|
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