Troy  Harris

Associate Professor of Law

Harris, Troy
Contact Info:
Campus: Riverfront Campus
Building: Dowling Hall
Room: 217
Phone: (313) 596-0276
Harris, Troy
Areas of Expertise:
International Commercial Arbitration
Construction Law
English Legal History


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago '99
  • J.D. University of Michigan '88
  • M.A. University of Kansas '85
  • B.A. University of Kansas '84


Prof. Harris earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.

At Detroit Mercy Law, Prof. Harris teaches International Commercial Arbitration, Construction Law, Contracts, Sales and English Legal History. He served as Interim Dean of the Law School during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Prior to joining the faculty of the Law School, Prof. Harris practiced international arbitration and construction law with the Atlanta office of King & Spalding for over ten years.  He previously taught at Cornell Law School, Emory Law School, and the College of Management of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Prof. Harris is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and serves on the International, Commercial, and Construction Panels of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, on the Approved Faculty List for the Chartered Institute, and on the roster of the United States Department of State’s Fulbright Specialist Program, in the area of international arbitration. He is listed in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2015 - present, Who's Who Legal: Construction 2015 - present, and Best Lawyers in America (Construction), 2013-present.

Prof. Harris's has published extensively on international arbitration and construction law.  


Panelist, “The Duty of Good Faith in Contract Law and the Dialogue Between Various Legal Traditions,” University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Windsor, Ontario, 2016.

Co-Chair (with Virginie Colaiuta), “Investment Treaty Protections for Construction Projects,” International Bar Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, 2016.

“International Commercial Arbitration” (with Thomas G. Heintzman), Alternative Dispute Resolution: Practice and Theory Intensive Course, Western University Faculty of Law, London, Ontario, 2015.

Discussion Leader (with Robin Oldenstam), “Managing the Hearing: Oral vs. Documents and Examination of Witnesses,” Oxford Diploma Conference, Keble College, Oxford, 2015.

Panelist, “Good Gracious! Good Faith in Contract Law,” University of Windsor Faculty of Law, Windsor, Ontario, 2015.

“Nuts and Bolts of Investment Treaty Arbitration: What Every Deal Maker Should Know About Protecting Cross-Border Investments,” State Bar of Michigan International Law Section, Detroit, Michigan, 2014.

Panelist, “International Arbitration: Evidence - discovery, experts, cross examination, IBA rules, cultural differences / Preuve – découverte, experts, contre interrogatoire, règles de l’AIB, différences culturelles,” ADR Institute of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, 2014.

“Drafting International Arbitration Clauses,” Ontario Bar Institute 2014, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario, 2014.

Courses Taught:

Contracts (1110)

Construction Law (2450)

Sales (2490)

Law Firm Program: International Commercial Arbitration (7180)