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Thomas H. Lee

Fordham Law Professor Thomas Lee

Leitner Family Professor of International Law; Director of Graduate and International Studies

Telephone: 212-636-6728
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Faculty Assistant: Emma Mercer

Research and Teaching Areas

International Law; Civil Procedure; Courts–Supreme Court; Federal Courts; Constitutional Law & Theory; Law of War; International Arbitration


Thomas Lee teaches and writes in the fields of international law, international commercial and investor-state arbitration, comparative and U.S. constitutional law, civil procedure, legal history, and U.S. federal courts and jurisdiction.  He has also taught International Trade Law and Telecommunications Law and Data Privacy, and seminars on Asian Americans and the Law (with Judge Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit), Civil Law and Common Law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Lee has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School (2017-18, 2005-6), Harvard Law School (2012-13), and the University of Virginia School of Law (2007); and an Adviser to the Constitutional Court of Korea (2006-12).

Before joining Fordham in 2002, Professor Lee clerked for Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and practiced with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Munger, Tolles & Olson.  From 1991 to 1995, he served as a U.S. naval signals-intelligence officer deployed at sea in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans and ashore in Korea and Japan and with the National Security Agency.  He is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School, where he was Articles Chair of the Law Review.

Professor Lee is Of Counsel at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, and a Member of the Panel of Conciliators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the American Law Institute (ALI).

Professor Lee also maintains an active Supreme Court practice in matters of public interest implicating constitutional rights, data privacy, federal courts and jurisdiction, and U.S. foreign relations and national security.  He filed the following briefs in the 2017 October Term:

Selected Publications


Harvard, AB, AM, JD; PhD candidate (ABD, Political Science)