Christopher Rowand Kelley

Associate Professor of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


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; Selected Issues in International Agricultural Law; Agricultural Perspectives; Administrative Law; Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation; International Commercial Arbitration; 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 in person and by distance variously at universities, law firms, corporate legal departments, and nongovernmental organizations in Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus. He also has taught multiple times in Lithuania, Kazakhstan, and the Russian Federation. He was the first American law professor to teach at the Belarusian State University Law Faculty in Minsk, Belarus.  His international teaching is mostly focused on negotiation and legal writing in English.

Professor Kelley is a nonresident professor at the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University Law Faculty in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he teaches legal writing in English every semester and occasionally lectures on various other subjects.  His Rule of Law course first became a transnational course when Shevchenko law students joined the course by distance in real time.  This course is described in his article, Internationalizing the U.S. Law School Classroom: Lessons Learned from Teaching Transnationally, 52 Int'l Law 131 (2019) (with Nataliia Borozdina).

Active in American Bar Association Section of International Law, Professor Kelley was a Co-Chair of the Section’s 2019 International Legal Exchange (ILEX) program in Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus and is a Co-Chair of the Section’s International Legal Education and Specialist Certification Committee. Previously, he was the Section’s Deputy Rule of Law Officer, a member of the Working Group on Russia and Ukraine, a member of the Working Group on Law Students, and a Senior Adviser to the Section’s Russia/Eurasia Committee. He also 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, and as Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Legal Education and Specialist Certification. He was a delegate on the Section’s International Legal Exchange (ILEX) program 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 Forums IV and V in The Hague. He also is a member of the International Bar Association.

Professor Kelley is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association, the official Fulbright Program alumni organization. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology.

Professor Kelley serves on 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 the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Law Faculty. He also copy edits articles for the Kyiv-Mohyla Law and Politics Journal, published by the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Professor Kelley has published numerous articles on agricultural law in various journals, including the University of North Dakota Law Review, the University of South Dakota Law Review, the William Mitchell Law Review, and the Arkansas Law Review.  He also has lectured on agricultural law at numerous CLE programs throughout the United States. He is a recipient of the American Agricultural Law Association’s Distinguished Service Award.

Before joining the faculty in 1998, Professor Kelley practiced for over 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 Minnesota Attorney General’s Solicitor General’s Office.

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 licensed in Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia.