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Troy L. Harris, FCIArb

Of Counsel




Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, DipICArb, 2007

University of Chicago, Ph.D.

University of Michigan, J.D. 1988

University of Kansas, M.A.

University of Kansas, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Courts of Appeals

  • Fifth Circuit
  • Sixth Circuit
  • Tenth Circuit
  • Eleventh Circuit

U.S. District Courts

  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia

Troy Harris concentrates his practice on construction matters and international dispute resolution and “wrote the book” on handling international construction arbitrations.

His two-volume, how-to guide for practitioners, International Construction Arbitration Handbook (co-authored with John W. Hinchey), is updated annually and has received uniformly positive reviews from arbitration practitioners.

At Miller Canfield, Troy counsels clients in ad hoc and institutional international arbitration matters, including proceedings administered by the International Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.

In addition to being Of Counsel, Troy is a full-time professor of law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law where he teaches international commercial arbitration, sales of goods and construction law. He served as Interim Dean during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Representative Matters

Reported and Published Decisions

Gulf Petro Trading Co. v Nigerian National Petroleum Co., 512 F.3d 742 (5th Cir. 2008)


Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2015-present

Who’s Who Legal: Construction 2015-present

Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2013-present

Professional Activities

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

American Arbitration Association: Member, Commercial and Construction Panels of Arbitrators; Member, International Panel of Arbitrators

International Bar Association: Member, Editorial Board, Construction Law International, International Construction Projects Committee

State Bar of Michigan—International Law Section: Section Treasurer and Chair, Dispute Resolution Committee

United States Department of State, Fulbright Specialist Program Roster (International Arbitration)


University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Assistant and Associate Professor 2010-present

Emory Law School, Adjunct Professor 2003-2009

Georgia Institute of Technology, College of Management, Business Law Lecturer 2008

Cornell Law School, Lecturer 1998-2000


“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

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

"International Arbitration: Evidence," (Panelist), ADRIC Annual National Conference, Montreal, QC, 2014

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

“The Future is Now—The Impact of Globalization on Construction Dispute Resolution,” American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, Dana Point, California, 2013

“Drafting International Arbitration Clauses for Cross-Border Transactions,” State Bar of Michigan Conference on International Commercial Arbitration, 2011

“Disclosure of Electronic Documents: The Issues and Guidelines in International Construction Arbitration,” International Bar Association Annual Convention, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008

“Discovery in International Arbitration,” American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., 2008

“Powers, Duties, and Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Tribunal,” Annual Conference of the Society of Construction Law, Port Louis, Mauritius, 2007

“A Dark and Stormy Night: The Lawyer’s Ethical Considerations When Involved in a Multi-Jurisdictional, International Practice,” (Co-presenter Michael Black, Q.C.), Fall Meeting, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Newport, Rhode Island, 2007


"From the Construction Law Campus: Construction disputes under US law: a primer for non-US lawyers," IBA, July 7, 2016

International Construction Arbitration Handbook (first published in 2008 and updated annually, 2 vols., with John W. Hinchey, Thomson West)

“1215 And All That: The Origins of (And a Possible Solution to) the Common Law/Civil Law Divide in Taking Evidence in International Construction Arbitration,” 10(3) Construction Law International 16 (2015).

“Has Your Project Been Expropriated? P3 Construction and Investment Treaty Arbitration,” 10(2) Construction Law International 11 (2015)

“Supreme Court of Canada Recognises Good Faith as a General Organising Principle of Contract Law and a Common Law Duty to Act Honestly in Contract Performance,” 10(1) Construction Law International 4 (2015)

“Designing Dispute Resolution Systems for Integrated Project Delivery: Challenges of Multi-Contract and Multi-Party Arbitrations,” 9(4) Construction Law International 30 (2014)

“United States” (with Donald G. Gavin) in ADR Guides for International Construction Projects (International Bar Association, 2014)

“Customary International Arbitration Law,” 24(2) American Review of International Arbitration 245 (2013).

“Ethics in International Arbitration: They’re Not Just for Lawyers,” JAMS Global Construction Solutions 2 (Spring 2013); reprinted in 8(3) Construction Law International 37 (2013).

Review of Justin Sweet and Marc M. Schneier, Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering and the Construction Process (9th edition 2012), 8(1) Construction Law International 42 (2013).

"The 'Big 3' of Chinese International Arbitration," (Co-author with Frederick A. Acomb), Michigan Lawyers Weekly, October 5, 2012

Review of Franco Ferrari and Stefan Kröll (eds.),Conflict of Laws in International Arbitration (2010), 15(3) International Arbitration Law Review 118 (2012)

“Training International Construction Lawyers: A Proposal,” 7(1) Construction Law International 41 (2012)

Review of Emmanuel Gaillard, Legal Theory of International Arbitration (2010), 77(2) Arbitration 284 (2011)

“Drafting International Arbitration Clauses For Cross-Border Transactions,” 23(1) Michigan International Lawyer 3 (2011)

“Ethical Considerations for a Multi-Jurisdictional, International Construction Practice” (with Michael Black, Q.C.) in International Construction Law (American Bar Association 2009)

Review of Jeffrey Delmon, Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure: Project Finance, PPP Projects and Risk (2d ed. 2009), 4 Construction Law International 20 (2009)

“Disclosure of Electronic Documents in International Construction Arbitration,” [2009] International Construction Law Review 161 (2009)

“International Corruption Laws,” in Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (American Bar Association, 2008)

“Performance Security—Owner,” in Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (American Bar Association, 2008)

“Payment Security—Contractor,” in Construction Checklists: A Guide to Frequently Encountered Construction Issues (American Bar Association, 2008)

“The ‘Public Policy’ Exception to Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards Under the New York Convention, With Particular Reference to Construction Disputes,” 24 Journal of International Arbitration 9 (2007)

“Good Faith, Suretyship, and the Ius Commune,” 53 Mercer Law Review 581 (2002)