Professor of Law, Zhuang Zhou Scholar
Ji Li
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Ji Li teaches and writes in the fields of Chinese law and politics, international business transactions, tax, contracts, and empirical legal studies. His first book, The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States (Cambridge University Press), explores the adaptation of Chinese firms to US legal and regulatory institutions. In the 2018-2019 academic year he will be in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where he will be completing a new book provisionally titled The Power Logic of Justice in China (under contract with Cambridge University Press). The book offers a unified theory for analyzing complex judicial behavior in China. Prof. Li is the law school's Zhuang Zhou Scholar. 

  • Biography
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Ji Li is Professor of Law at Rutgers University and a member of the Associate Faculty of the Division of Global Affairs. Professor Li received a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, he practiced corporate and tax law for several years in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Professor Li’s teaching and scholarship explores a broad range of topics including international business transactions, taxation, contracts, comparative law, Chinese law and politics, and empirical legal studies.

His first book, The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2018), explores the adaptation of Chinese companies, including state-owned Chinese companies, to general US institutions and their compliance (or lack of compliance) with US laws governing tax, employment equality, and national security review of foreign investments. 

In the academic year of 2018-2019, Prof. Li will be in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and working on his second book (under contract with Cambridge University Press) that presents a unified theory to analyze judicial behavior in China.




The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


Articles & Book Chapters

“An Empirical Study of Lawyer Selection by Chinese MNCs in the United States,” (with Wei Zhang) in Liu & Wilkins eds., The Chinese Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and Its Impact on Lawyers and Society (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018) 


'Strangers in a Strange Land'-Chinese Companies in the American Tax System,” 68 Hastings Law Journal  503 (2017)


The Power Logic of Justice in China,” 65 American Journal of Comparative Law 95 (2017)


"Investing near the National Security Black Hole," 14 Berkeley Business Law Journal  1 (2017)


Weak Law v. Strong Ties: An Empirical Study of Business Investment, Law and Political Connections in China,” (with Wei Zhang) 13 Review of Law and Economics __ (2016)


“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, 2017)


“I Came, I Saw, I…Adapted—An Empirical Study of Chinese Companies Investing in the U.S. and Their Legal and Policy Implications,” 36 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 143 (2016)


“China’s Legal Norm and International Dispute Resolution,” in Garrick & Bennett ed., China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping (London: Routledge, 2016)


“Interactions between Domestic Social Norms and International Law on Trade Dispute Resolution,” in Kanetake & Nollkaemperand ed., The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016)


“The Leviathan’s Rule by Law,” 12 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 815 (2015)


“Does Law Matter in China? An Empirical Study of a Limiting Case,” 46 George Washington International Law Review 119 (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)


“Dare You Sue the Tax Collectors? An Empirical Study of Tax-Related Administrative Lawsuits in China,” 23 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 57 (2014)


 “Suing the Leviathan: An Empirical Analysis of the Changing Rate of Administrative Lawsuits in China,” 10 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 815 (2013)


 “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 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal  335 (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 Journal of International Law 485 (2007)


Book Review, “International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance,” 8 Yale Human Rights & Development  Law Journal 234 (2005)

  • Comparative Law
  • Contracts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Economics (Law &)
  • International Business Transactions
  • Property
  • Taxation ( Federal)