Prof. LI Enshen (李恩深)

Visiting address

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes
Willing to talk to media: yes

Research Interests/Areas

Comparative criminal law, criminal justice, theoretical criminology, socio-legal studies of punishment, terrorism


Dr Enshen Li is an Associate Professor at CityU School of Law. His research lies at the intersection of several research fields: comparative criminal law, criminal justice, theoretical criminology, terrorism and socio-legal studies of punishment. Dr Li has published extensively in the leading academic journals, including British Journal of Criminology, The China Journal, Theoretical Criminology, Law & Social Inquiry, Social & Legal Studies, New Criminal Law Review, Terrorism and Political Violence, Emory International Law Review and Columbia Journal of Asian Law among others. He has taught multiple criminology, criminal law and criminal justice courses in Australia since 2008.

Before joining CityU School of Law, Dr Li was a Senior Lecturer in law at the University of Queensland. Prior to that, he had worked at Tilanqiao Prison (Shanghai) as a prison officer and practised for many years as a criminal defense lawyer in China. He is the recipient of the Early Career Research Excellence in Research Award at The University of Queensland in 2018. Dr Li has also held visiting academic appointments at The University of Melbourne, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Normal University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. He has been widely consulted by international media (e.g. ABC, CNA, The Economist and The Guardian) on topics relating to criminal justice and punishment in China and Australia. He has also served as an expert witness in more than a dozen of criminal trials in Victoria and Queensland (Australia). Dr Li was the General Editor of The University of Queensland Law Journal and LAWASIA Journal and now sits on the editorial board of several international law journals, including Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. He is the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the United States Research Bulletin.