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Zhenni Li

Zhenni Li
Zhenni Li

Zhenni Li joined the J.S.D. Program at Cornell Law School in August 2018. Zhenni is from China and she specializes in public international law and comparative constitutional law. Her research explores the theory of international society, the nature, role and function of international law, the interaction between the international society and the States, and the (potential) outcomes of such interaction as reflected in both international law and constitutional law. Accordingly, the following key concepts will be examined: sovereignty, people, power, morality, law, self-preservation, anarchy, and society.

Before joining the J.S.D. Program, Zhenni was an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands (Aug. 2017–Aug. 2018). She clerked for the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa (Jan. 2017–June 2017). She also worked as a legal intern at the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands (Oct. 2016–Dec. 2016). Besides, Zhenni recently received the Berger Summer Fellowship for her participation in the 71th Session of the International Law Commission (29 April to 7 June and 8 July to 9 Aug. 2019) in Geneva, Switzerland, as a research assistant for H.E. Dr. HUANG Huikang, one of the thirty-four Members of the Commission.


The Constitutionalization of International Law and the Internationalization of Constitutional Law


Muna B. Ndulo (Chair)

Jens David Ohlin

Aziz F. Rana


“System Criminality and International Responsibility: Back to Canonical Questions”, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Vol 36 No. 3 (2019)

“International Intertemporal Law”, California Western International Law Journal, Vol 48 No. 2 (2018)


Public International Law

Comparative Constitutional Law

Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

International Relations Theory

Political Theory


J.S.D. Candidate, Cornell Law School

LL.M. in Advanced Studies of Public International Law, Leiden Law School, 2016

LL.M., Cornell Law School, 2015

LL.B., Wuhan University School of Law, 2014