Visiting Fellows

Lizhen Zheng

Lizhen Zheng

Country of origin: China Visiting period: August 2018-July 2019 Faculty sponsor: Lance Compa, Ph.D. Email:

Background and Previous Experience

Lizhen Zheng is an Associate Professor in the Law School at Fujian Normal University in China. She received her Ph.D. in international law in 2014 from Xiamen University Law School of China, and her dissertation subject was “The Reconstruction of Transnational Labor Regulation Regime Under the Theory of Reflexive Law.”  For her dissertation work, she used an interdisciplinary survey between international law (especially economic international law) and labor law and tracked labor provision negotiation in economic treaties that might have legal significance to the reform of international economic rules. These include but are not limited to TPP, TTIP, China-EU BIT, China-US BIT, and FTAAP(currently as an initiative). Her book On the Reconstruction of Transnational Labor Regulation Regime won the Second Prize of Distinguished Research for Young Law Scholars, awarded by the China Law Society in 2016. Her Ph.D. dissertation got the provincial prize for “Excellent Doctoral Degree Dissertation,” awarded by the Fujian Provincial Government of China in 2016, and her article “Rethinking the Role of Labor Provisions under Asian International Investment Regime” is to be published as a chapter in the book Asian Perspectives on International Investment Law (Routledge, 2018). See more details at:

Current Research at ILR School

During her visit at the Cornell ILR School, Lizhen will continue to study the relevance between international labor law and Chinese domestic labor and economic law. Based on her Ph.D. dissertation and subsequent research, she will further focus on the interaction among various types of transnational labor regulations and their implementation problems.  As a newly emerging market, Lizhen expects to explore the following China-relevant international labor law issues: the gap between China’s linkage practice and the global linkage trend, the critical defects in China’s practice, and how much space is left for China to innovate.

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