Professor of Chinese Law and the Director of the Erasmus China Law Centre at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Professor Li holds a BA in Chinese Law from Peking University, an MA in International Law and International Relations from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, and a PhD in International Law from Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
She has acted as co-director of numerous legal collaborative projects on training Chinese judges, public prosecutors, lawyers and NPO practitioners, with Chinese institutions, such as the National Judges College, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Civil Affairs in China, Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Chinese University of Politics and Law, etc. She is now leading the project on reforming the investor-state dispute settlement system in the context of the EU-China bilateral investment treaty negotiations: European and Chinese perspectives. The project is funded by the Netherlands Royal Academy of Sciences.
Professor Li has supervised a number of Chinese PhD candidates who conduct comparative legal studies in the field of investment law, company law, criminal law, environmental law and arbitration law.
She has broad academic interest in Chinese law in general, with specialization on the judicial system, dispute settlement and foreign investment law. Her recent publications include: The Judicial System and Reform in Post-Mao China: Stumbling towards Justice (UK: Ashgate, 2014); Administrative Litigation Systems in Greater China and Europe (editor) (UK: Ashgate, 2014). ‘The First Uniform Foreign Investment Law in China is in the Making’, in Ondernemingsrecht, No.14, 2015, pp. 504-509. ‘A New Dimension of Foreign Investment Law in China: Emerging and Impact of National Security Review System’ in Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 24, 2016, Issue 2, pp. 149-175. ‘Seeking the Rule of Law as the Common Goal: EU-China Cooperation in Combating Commercial Bribery’, in Mario Telo et al (eds.), Deepening the EU-China Partnership in an Unstable World, Routledge, UK, 2017, pp. 101-114.
Professor Li is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Netherlands China Law Association. She also serves as a member of China Committee of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. She is on the panel list of Arbitrators on the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, Jinan Arbitration Commission, the International Arbitration Court in Ganjiang New District in the People’s Republic of China.