Dr Enshen Li

Senior Lecturer

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 52588


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 areas of comparative criminal justice, theoretical criminology, socio-legal studies of punishment with a special focus on Chinese criminal justice system. Dr Li has published extensively in the leading academic journals, including British Journal of Criminology, The China Journal, Law & Social Inquiry, Social & Legal Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Emory International Law Review and Columbia Journal of Asian Law among others. He has taught several criminology, criminal law and criminal justice courses at La Trobe University and The University of Queensland since 2008.

Before joining academia, Dr Li practised as a defence counsel in Shanghai, China. Dr Li obtained his SJD from La Trobe University and PhD in criminology from The University of Queensland. 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 also served as a guest lecturer at a number of prominent Chinese universities, including China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing Normal University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. He has been regularly interviewed by national and international media (e.g. ABC, CNA and The Economist) on topics relating to criminal justice and punishment in China and Australia. Dr Li is currently the editor of The University of Queensland Law Journal and sits on the editorial board of several international law journals, including Chinese Journal of Comparative Law.

Research Interests

  • Comparative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Anti-Corruption
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Policing
  • Socio-legal Studies


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Jurisdicial Science, La Trobe University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Featured Publications


Book Chapter

  • Li, Enshen (2023). Bureaucratising criminal convictions in China. Efficiency and Bureaucratisation of Criminal Justice. (pp. 69-87) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003207818-5

  • Li, Enshen (2022). Rehabilitation in a risk society: ‘the case of China’. The Palgrave Handbook of Global Rehabilitation in Criminal Justice. (pp. 89-106) edited by Maurice Vanstone and Philip Priestley. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-031-14375-5_6

  • Li, Enshen (2016). China's socialization of administrative offenders in the community: an unrealistic agenda?. Legal reforms and deprivation of liberty in contemporary China. (pp. 43-62) edited by Elisa Nesossi, Sarah Biddulph, Flora Sapio and Susan Trevaskes. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor