Lecturer in Law
Darryl Li is a Post-Doctoral Research Scholar at the Committee on Global Thought, an interdisciplinary program at Columbia University. Trained concurrently as an anthropologist and attorney, his research lies at the intersection of law, empire, and war, with a focus on encounters between non-western regions and cultures. Li is at work on a book on Arab Islamist fighters (mujahidin) and aid workers in the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and their role in ongoing reconfigurations of the international system.
Li's research has developed in tandem with a commitment to human rights advocacy and practice. During law school, he was active in the National Litigation Project's Guantánamo habeas docket. He has worked on amicus curiae briefs around questions of denationalization, deportation, and detention in the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Li was a fellow and later a consultant for Human Rights Watch and has also worked for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza and B'Tselem: the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
Legal Research Areas:
Public international law
Law of war
National security law
PhD, Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard
JD, Yale Law School
MPhil, International Studies, Cambridge University
AB, Social Studies, Harvard