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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 general public international law and comparative constitutional law. Her J.S.D. research explores the interaction between public international law and constitutional law of different jurisdictions, and how the two, influencing each other, jointly develop a multi-dimensional regime that constraints sovereignty and protects human rights.

Zhenni Li
Zhenni Li

Before joining the J.S.D. Program, Zhenni was an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Netherlands (August 2017 – August 2018). She clerked for the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa (January 2017 – June 2017). She also worked as a legal intern at Trial Chambers, International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands (October 2016 – December 2016).

Zhenni obtained her LL.M. in Advanced Studies in Public International Law from Leiden Law School in 2016. Her Adv. LL.M. Dissertation at Leiden was later adapted into a published article, titled “International Intertemporal Law”, in California Western International Law Journal, Vol 48 No. 2 (2018). She also graduated from the LL.M. Program at Cornell Law School in 2015, where she obtained Rudolf B. Schlesinger Fellowship. Zhenni Holds a LL.B. from Wuhan University School of Law.


The Constitutionalization of International Law and the Internationalization of Constitutional Law.




Public International Law

International Institutional Law

International Human Rights Law

International Criminal Law

Comparative Constitutional Law

Legal Theory and Jurisprudence


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


J.S.D. Candidate, Cornell Law School

Adv. LL.M. in Public International Law, Leiden Law School, 2016

LL.M., Cornell Law School, 2015

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