Ji Li

John & Marilyn Long Professor of US-China Business and Law


Chinese Law and Politics, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, Contracts, Empirical Legal Studies


Professor Li joined UCI Law in July 2019 as the John S. and Marilyn Long Professor of U.S.-China Business and Law. Prior to the appointment, he was Professor of Law and Zhuang Zhou scholar 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. After law school, 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 Chinese law and politics, international business transactions, contracts, comparative law, 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 was in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is currently working on a book (under contract with Cambridge University Press) that presents a unified theory to analyze judicial behavior in China and on several projects that further examine the adaptation of China-based multinationals to the US legal system.

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  • The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
  • “Overcoming Liabilities of Origin: Human Resource Management Localization of Chinese Multinational Corporations in Developed Markets” (with Ouyang et al.) Human Resource Management__ (forthcoming 2019)
  • “The Power Logic of Justice in China,” 65 American Journal of Comparative Law 95 (2017)
  • “’Strangers in a Strange Land’-Chinese Companies in the American Tax System,” 68 Hastings Law Journal 503 (2017)
  • “The Leviathan’s Rule by Law,” 12 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 815 (2015)
  • April 2024
    Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School (April 4), Cornell Law School (April 8), Duke Law School (April 11)