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 in the Graduate Program in Agricultural & Food Law and in the J.D. program. His courses include Agriculture & the Environment, Regulation of Agricultural Markets, Issues in International Agricultural Law, Administrative Law, Transnational Negotiation, International Commercial Arbitration, Law & Development, and Rule of Law.
Professor Kelley was a Fulbright Scholar in Kharkiv, Ukraine, in 2005 and in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, in 2011. He frequently teaches negotiation and legal writing in English variously at universities, law firms, nongovernmental organizations, and businesses in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, and Lithuania. He also has taught in Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty in Minsk, Belarus.
Professor Kelley is a member of the faculty at Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine, where he primarily teaches in its Law Faculty’s Master of Laws in Land and Agricultural Law Program. He also is a consultant to the Inyurpolis Law Firm in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
Professor Kelley is the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Deputy Rule of Law Officer, a member of the Section’s Working Group on Russia and Ukraine, and a Senior Adviser to the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He previously served two terms as Chair of the Section’s Public International Law I Division and three terms as the Co-Chair of the Section’s 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. He also is a member of the International Bar Association.
Professor Kelley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association, a Fulbright Program alumni organization. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology.
Professor Kelley has been 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 Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University.
Professor Kelley has published numerous articles on agricultural law and has lectured on agricultural law at numerous CLE programs throughout the United States and abroad. He is a recipient of the American Agricultural Law Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced for about fifteen years 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 licensed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.
When he is not teaching, Professor Kelley is on airplanes. He flies up to 180,000 miles per year on Delta Air Lines and other SkyTeam Alliance airlines. Alas, he flies economy class.