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Lay, William

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Security

Professor William D. Lay is an attorney and Former Director of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport, where he also served as Chair of the Criminal Justice and Human Security program, and as President of the Faculty Council. 

Professor Lay is a graduate of Columbia Law School, were he was senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (for all semesters). 

Professor Lay clerked for Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals. Additionally, he practiced law for twelve years at the Fried Frank and Skadden Arps firms in New York City, prior to opening his own law office in 2005.

Professor Lay has recently co-authored published articles on International Law and the South China Sea Disputes (in the Harvard Asia Quarterly) and the Comfort Women Controversy (in East Asia); furthermore, he recently co-authored a book on Comfort Women Memorials in the U.S. (E-International Relations Publishing).

    • Columbia University School of Law J.D., May 1992
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, all years 1989-92
    • Columbia Law Review: Editorial Staff 1990-91, Senior Editor 1991-92 Note, Redefining Actionable “Subsidies” under U.S. Countervailing Duty Law, 91 Colum. L. Rev. 1495 (1991)
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison B.S., Chemistry, May 1974. Graduated with distinctionD. Min – Unification Theological Seminary
    • Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay, Park Statue Politics: World War II Comfort Women Memorials in the United States, (London: E-International Relations, 2019).

    • Thomas J. Ward and William D. Lay, “The Comfort Women Controversy: Not over Yet,” East Asia Quarterly, October 2016, accessed November 2016,

    • “Human Security and Constitutional Rights: Lessons From Substantive Due Process Cases,” published in January 2014 the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 2014.

    • “International Law and the South China Sea Disputes: China, Taiwan, and the Philippines,” authored jointly with Dr. Chunjuan Wei, published in the Summer 2013 edition of the Harvard Asia Quarterly.

    • “Case Not Closed: A Connecticut Family in King Leopold’s Court,” published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Journal of Global Development and Peace.

    • IPS 5133 Human Rights, Law and Government
    • President, University of Bridgeport Faculty Council, 2015 to 2019.
    • Chair, University of Bridgeport Senate Constitution Revision Committee, 2016-2018 (resulting in the adoption by the Senate of an Amended Constitution, ratified by the University Board of Trustees on May 18, 2018).
    • Member, University of Bridgeport Presidential Search Committee, 2017-18. Advisor to the University of Bridgeport Mock Trial Team, 2015 to 2021. Frequently serve as alumnus judge for Columbia Law School Moot Courts. Serve as judge to Mock Trial Tournaments.