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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 specializes in public international law and jurisprudence. Her dissertation on the constitutionalization of international law explores the theory of international law.

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).

During her study in Cornell, Zhenni received the Berger Summer Fellowship for her participation in the 71th Session of the International Law Commission in Geneva, Switzerland (Summer 2019) as a research assistant. Zhenni worked as teaching assistant for Professor Muna B. Ndulo in International Criminal Law (Spring 2020) and for Professor Elizabeth Brundige in International Human Rights in Theory and Practice (Summer 2020). She was also a Graduate Resident Fellow at Carl Becker House (Aug. 2019–June 2020). Recently Zhenni has been selected for the 2020-2021 Judicial Fellows Programme of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the Netherlands.


The Constitutionalization of International 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

Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

Comparative Constitutional Law

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