School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5601
Christopher R. Kelley
Associate Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Phone: (479) 575-3230
Christopher Kelley teaches Agriculture & the Environment and other courses in the Graduate Program in Agricultural & Food Law. He also teaches Administrative Law, Transnational Negotiation, International Commercial Arbitration, and a Rule of Law Colloquium in the J.D. program.
Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Moldova, in 2011. He continues to teach at universities in Ukraine and Moldova through interactive digital video conferencing and in person. He also has taught and continues to teach in Belarus, Lithuania, and, more recently, Kazakhstan. He is a part-time Professor at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine, and a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Currently the Chair of the Public International Law I Division of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley previously served three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He is now a Senior Adviser to the Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also has served as Vice-Chair of the Section’s Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) briefing trips to Poland, Jordan, Lebanon, Australia, and New Zealand. He participated in the World Justice Project’s World Justice Forums I and II in Vienna and the World justice Forum IV in The Hague.
Professor Kelley is a member of the editorial boards of the Baltic Journal of Law and Politics published by Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, and Law and Civil Society published by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy and is a Fulbright Association Life Member. He also is a member of the International Bar Association.
Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced in large and small law firms variously in Minnesota, Arkansas, Georgia, and the District of Columbia. He also has been a public defender, a legal services attorney, and staff counsel to the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. He began his legal career in the Solicitor General’s Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.
Professor Kelley has taught at the William Mitchell College of Law, the University of North Dakota School of Law, the University of South Dakota School of Law, and the Drake University Law School. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.), the Howard University School of Law (J.D. cum laude), and the University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.M.). He is admitted to practice in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.