Li Chen 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


J.D., J.S.D., Washington University
L.L.M., Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II
L.L.M., Harvard Law School
L.L.M., New York University School of Law
L.L.M., National University of Singapore
B.C.L., University of Oxford
J.D., Chinese University of Hong Kong



Email: lichen@wustl.edu 

Courses Taught

Legal History
International and Commercial Trusts Law
Securities Regulation
Public International Law
EU Law 


Li Chen is a Visiting Assistant Professor, he also holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of legal history, international and commercial trusts law, securities regulation, public international law, and EU law. His doctoral dissertation titled: A History of Chinese Law Students in the United States in the Late Qing Dynasty (1878-1911) aspires to be a path-breaking attempt to meticulously trace the beginnings of Western-style legal education and practice in China through the biographies of early Chinese law students in the United States.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "The Acquisition and Use of International Law by Chinese Diplomat as a Sword to Defend Sovereignty and Challenge Chinese Exclusion Act in the Late Qing Dynasty" Hong Kong Law Journal (forthcoming)

Articles & Essays

  • "Rediscovering Professor James Leslie Brierly and His Two Chinese Disciples - Li Shengwu and Chen Tiqiang at Oxford University Faculty of Law (1927-1948)," 16(1) Chinese Journal of International Law (2017)
  • "The Founding of Peiyang University Department of Law: Oxford Style Legal Education in China (1885-1889)," 9 Tsinghua China Law Review (2017)
  • "Pioneers in the Fight for the Inclusion of Chinese Students in American Legal Education and Legal Profession," 22 Asian American Law Journal (2015)
  • "Regulating Forward-Looking Information in Offering Prospectus and Periodic Disclosures in Chinese Securities Market-Past, Present and Future," 4 Capital Markets Law Journal 388- 419 (with Yu Zheng) (2014)
  • "Lawyers as the Emerging Diplomatic Elite in China: the Making of the First Chinese Barrister at the English Bar," 2 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 337-37  (2014)