Troy L. Harris

Troy L. 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:
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Construction Law
International Commercial Arbitration


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


Troy L. Harris teaches international commercial arbitration, sales, contracts, construction law, and alternative dispute resolution. He 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. Harris earned his B.A and M.A from the University of Kansas, 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. He practiced construction law and international arbitration with King & Spalding before joining the University in 2010.

Professor Harris joined the Detroit Mercy Law faculty in 2010 and served as Interim Dean of the law school during the 2013-2014 academic year. He is regularly listed in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, Who's Who Legal: Construction, and Best Lawyers in America (Construction).


    Courses Taught

    Contracts (1110)

    Construction Law (2450)

    Sales (2490)

    Law Firm Program: International Commercial Arbitration (7180)


    Selected Publications

    International Construction Arbitration Handbook (Thomson West, 2022 ed.)

    “Weak” Legal Pluralism and the Eighteenth Century English Ecclesiastical Courts, Journal of Legal History (forthcoming 2023)

    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 in 2020, Blurb).

    Editor and Contributor, Studies in Canon Law and Common Law in Honor of R.H. Helmholz (2015, Robbins Collection Publications, School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California at Berkeley).

    International Construction Arbitration Handbook (originally published in 2008 and updated annually, 2 vols., Thomson Reuters).

    “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).


    Selected Presentations

    Panelist, “Construction Claims when Asserted as an Investment,” Milan Arbitration Week, 2022.

    Presenter, “Challenges of the Award,” European Court of Arbitration— International Bar Association, International Construction Projects Committee Construction Arbitration Online Training Course, 2022.

    Panelist, “Academic Forum,” 9th International Society of Construction Law Conference, 2021.

    Moderator, “The Role of Experts in Construction Disputes: A Practical Approach,” International Bar Association, International Construction Projects Committee, 2021.

    Moderator, “Understanding Trade Relationships Among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada Under a Proposed New Agreement,” State Bar of Michigan 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.