Researcher biography

Dr Enshen Li is a Senior Lecturer at the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland. Dr Li's research interests lie in the fields of comparative criminal justice, theoretical criminology, socio-legal studies of punishment with a special focus on Chinese criminal justice. Dr Li has published extensively in the leading law and criminology journals, including the British Journal of Criminology, Law and Social Inquiry, Social & Legal Studies, Columbia Journal of Asian Law and Terrorism and Political Violence. He has also published a book on the development and evolution of punishment in Contemporary China with Routledge (2018).

Dr Li received his legal education in China, the UK and Australia. After graduating from Shanghai University with an LLB, he practised primarily as a defence counsel in Shanghai, China. In 2011, Dr Li obtained his SJD from La Trobe University and was then awarded a PhD in criminology from The University of Queensland in 2015. He was the recipient of the Early Career Research Excellence in Research Award at the Business, Economics and Law Faculty, the University of Queensland in 2018. Dr Li has served as a guest lecturer at a number of prestigious universities in China, including China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Normal University, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. He has also been interviewed by national and international media (e.g. ABC, CNA and The Economist) on topics relating to criminal justice and punishment in Australia and China. Dr Li is currently a member of several international societies of criminology and an editorial member of several law journals.