Tahirih Lee is a leading scholar of Chinese law and legal history. She is the author of “By the Light of the Moon: Looking for China’s Rich Legal Tradition,” in the Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research (2018). Her doctoral dissertation, “Law and Local Autonomy at the International Mixed Court of Shanghai,” brought to light for the first time archival materials related to this multinational court that tried millions of cases. As a member of the law faculty at Florida State University, she regularly teaches courses in Chinese Law, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, Civil Procedure, and International Trade Transactions, a course she developed with faculty at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics and supported by funding from the Shanghai Municipal Government. The course links American students and Chinese students in simulated commodity trades.

Lee has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School, Notre Dame Law School, and Loyola University Chicago School of Law as the Wing Tat Lee Chair in International and Comparative Law. She held the positions of Pew Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Associate at the Harvard Fairbank Center for East Asian Research and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies. Lee received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her Ph.D. in History from Yale University. She has chaired committees of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Society for Legal History.

Last Updated: March 2, 2022



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