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. He specialises in the Chinese criminal justice and penal system and their implications for culture and society. Dr Li has published extensively in the leading law and criminology journals, including British Journal of Criminology, Law & Social Inquiry, Columbia Journal of Asian Law and Criminology & Criminal Justice. He has taught several criminology and criminal justice courses at La Trobe University and the University of Queensland since 2009.

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 is 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 prominent Chinese universities, 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 journals.

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