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Dr Lili Song

Lili Song 2019 image

LLB (SHUFE) LLM (ECUPL) PhD (Wellington)

Lili’s research interests include refugee law, law of the sea, Pacific law, Chinese law, and public international law issues relating to China or South Pacific island states. She has gratefully received research grants/fellowships from institutions in New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, the US, China, and South Korea and has conducted field work in Myanmar, South Korea, China, India, and Cook Islands. She is the author of Chinese Refugee Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Prior to joining the Faculty, Lili taught at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu for about three years. She has held research or visiting positions at Oxford University, Melbourne University, the Michigan Law School, the Australian National University, the Humanities Institute in Myanmar, and Northwestern University in the US. Before entering academia, she worked as a lawyer at an international law firm and then as an in-house counsel at an international commercial bank, both in Shanghai, China.

Lili serves as secretary of the New Zealand Asian Studies Society, on the advisory board of, an e-blog/journal launched by the Michigan Law School, and regularly provides Country of Origin Information reports to asylum courts and tribunals. She is a member of the Centre for Global Migrations (University of Otago) and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.


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