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.  


Arbitration in Early Modern England (work in progress).

Contracts for the Cross-Border Lawyer: Canada and the United States (originally published in 2019 and updated annually, Blurb).

“Secularizing a Religious Legal System: Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in Early Eighteenth Century England,” 8(1) British J. of Am. Leg. Stud. 1 (2019).

“ICC Issues New Guidelines for Arbitration of International Construction Disputes,” JAMS Global Construction Solutions (Spring 2019) 3; co-authored with John W. Hinchey.

“Know Before You Go: What US Lawyers Should Know About Ontario’s New Construction Act,” 39(1) The Construction Lawyer 36 (2019).

“ADR in Construction—United States of America” (with Donald G. Gavin), 2 The American Journal of Construction Arbitration & ADR 151 (2018).


Moderator, “Understanding Trade Relationships Among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada Under a Proposed New Agreement,” State Bar ofMichigan International Law Section Annual Meeting, 2019.

Panelist, “Enforcing Your Contracts in the Global Economy: International Arbitration and the Cross-Border Deal,” United States Council for International Business/International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration/State Bar of Michigan International Law Section/Miller Canfield breakfast program, 2018.

Moderator, “Building Bridge(s): From Infrastructure to Economic Development,” State Bar of Michigan International Law Section Annual Meeting, 2018.

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.


Courses Taught:

Contracts (1110)

Construction Law (2450)

Sales (2490)

Law Firm Program: International Commercial Arbitration (7180)