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Ph.D., Northwestern
J.D., Yale
M.A., M.S., Northwestern
B.A., Foreign Affairs College, China


Chinese Law, International Business Transactions, Federal Income Tax, Doing Business in China, International Tax, International Trade


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Ji Li

Associate Professor of Law

Professor Li received his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Yale Law School where he was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy and an editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. He joined the faculty in 2011 from Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP, where he focused his practice on corporate transactions, securities issuance, corporate tax, international tax, and some partnership tax issues. Professor Li’s research and teaching interests include taxation, international and comparative law (with a focus on China), property, and empirical legal studies.


“I Came, I Saw, I…Adapted—An Empirical Study of Chinese Companies Investing in the U.S. and Their Legal and Policy Implications,” Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business (forthcoming 2016)

“The Leviathan’s Rule by Law,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (December 2015)

“A Chinese Model of Tax Administration for Developing Countries?” in Chen ed., The Beijing Consensus? How China Has Changed the Western Ideas of Law and Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

“China’s Legal Norm and International Dispute Resolution,” in Garrick & Bennett ed., China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping (London: Routledge, forthcoming)

“Does Law Matter in China? An Empirical Study of a Limiting Case,” George Washington International Law Review, Vol. 46, 2014

“State-Owned Enterprises in the Current Regime of Investor-State Arbitration,” in The Role of the State in Investor-State Arbitration (Martinus Nijhoff/BRILL, 2014)

“Suing the Leviathan: An Empirical Analysis of the Changing Rate of Administrative Lawsuits in China,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (December, 2013)

“Dare You Sue the Tax Collectors? An Empirical Study of Tax-Related Administrative Lawsuits in China,” Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal (Fall, 2013)

“Interactions Between Domestic Social Norms and International Law Over Trade Dispute Resolution,” Chapter 7 of an edited volume tentatively titled The Interfaces Between Domestic and International Law (forthcoming)

“When Are There More Laws, When Do They Matter?: Using Game Theory to Compare Changes in Laws, Power Distribution and Legal Environments in the U.S. and China,” 16 Pac. Rim L. & Pol’y J. 1 (2007)

 “From ‘See You in Court!’ to ‘See You in Geneva!’ An Empirical Study of the Role of Social Norms in International Trade Dispute Resolution,” 32 Yale J. Int’l L. 485 (2007)

Book Review, “International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance,” 8 Yale H.R. & Dev. L.J. 234 (2005)