Tahirih V. Lee

Tahirih V. Lee

Tahirih V. Lee

Associate Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Roberts Hall, Room 337
Phone: 850.644.3833
Fax: 850.644.0576


Ph.D., History, Yale University, 1990
J.D., Yale University, 1989
M.Phil, History, Yale University, 1989
M.A., History, Yale University, 1989
A.M., East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 1985
A.B., History, Stanford University, 1985

A leading U.S. scholar on Chinese law and legal history, Professor Tahirih V. Lee's publications include the 4-volume anthology, Chinese Law: Sociological, Political, Historical, and Economic Perspectives (Garland Press, 1997) and dozens of law review articles and edited volume chapters on Chinese law and legal history, especially institutions related to judicial work and dispute resolution. 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 during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

As a member of the law faculty at Florida State University, she teaches courses in Chinese Law, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, Civil Procedure, and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and has helped developed a course called "International Trade Transactions" with the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. This is the first law school course to link American students and Chinese students in simulated trade transactions, a daily interaction that's proven to be a great success on both sides of the Pacific each time it's offered. Professor Lee has taught at University of Minnesota Law School, Notre Dame Law School, and at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she held the Wing Tat Lee Chair in International and Comparative Law as a visitor.

Professor Lee 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. She clerked for the Honorable David Bryan Sentelle at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A Coker Fellow and a Review and Comments Editor for the Yale Law Journal, Professor 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.

Select Recent Publications

By the Light of the Moon: Looking for China’s Rich Legal Tradition, in Oxford Handbook of Historical Legal Research (2017)

Property and Exceptionalism in China and the Anglo-American World, 1650-1850, 25 J. Transnat’l L. & Pol’y 25 (2016)

Extraterritorial Courts in East Asia: Cross-Border Judicial Activity in the Cross-Hairs, 43 Reviews in American History 268 (June 2015)

Book Review of Grounds of Judgment: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth-Century China and Japan33 L. & Hist. Rev. 243 (2015)

Technology-Based Experiential Learning: A Transnational Experiment, 64 J. Legal Educ. 455 (2015)