Working Group on Law and Democracy

Tom Lee Lecture at Colloquium on Constitutional and Legal Theory

Thu, March 1, 2012 | TBD

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Tom Lee Lecture at Colloquium on Constitutional and Legal Theory

Thomas Lee (Fordham University School of Law) has taught courses in civil procedure, comparative and U.S. constitutional law, federal courts, international commercial arbitration, international law and international relations theory, international trade, the laws of war, telecommunications law, and the U.S. Supreme Court, at Fordham, Columbia, the University of Virginia, Leiden University (Netherlands), and Sungkyunkwan University (Korea). He received an A.B. summa cum laude in Government and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Harvard in 1991. He spent the next four years as a U.S. naval cryptology officer in East and South Asia, where he made four submarine deployments. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard in 2000, he clerked for the Hon. Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and for the Hon. David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court. During law school, he was Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. He also worked at the law firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson; Wachtell, Lipton & Rosen; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Government at Harvard, specializing in international relations theory and comparative politics. His dissertation explores multilateralism in wars.

Lee's research and publications focus on U.S. and comparative constitutional law, international commercial arbitration and trade, the international and domestic legal regulation of war, and the role of the U.S. federal judiciary in foreign relations. He is also an adviser to the Korean Constitutional Court and consults on U.S. federal jurisdictional and international trade and arbitration matters. He is working on a book titled "The International Laws of War and the American Civil War." He is proficient in Korean and has a reading knowledge of French, Japanese, and Latin.


  • Leitner Family Professor of International Law
  • Director, Graduate and International Studies
  • Director, Fordham-SKKU Summer Institute in International Law in Seoul Korea
  • Director, Center for International Security and Humanitarian Law, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
  • Co-Director, Fordham Law Summer Institute in New York City
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Sungkyunkwan University (Korea), 2006-09
  • Visiting Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law, 2007
  • Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, 2005-06

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the bars of Massachusetts, New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Admitted in the D.C., First, and Second Circuits. 


Harvard, A.B., A.M., J.D.; Ph.D. candidate (Political Science).


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