Wenlong Li

Colleges, School and Institutes


Wenlong joined the University of Birmingham in February 2020. Prior to his postdoctorate, Wenlong obtained his PhD from the University of Edinburgh where he wrote a thesis on the right to data portability in the EU General Data protection Regulation (GDPR).

At the Univerity of Edinburgh, Wenlong also teaches Advertising law courses (honours and LLM) with Dr. Rachael Craufurd-Smith, and is a research affiliate to the Centre for Data, Culture & Society (CDCS). He worked as an editor and book reviewer for SCRIPTed, a peer-reviewed journal of law, technology and society, and as a co-convenor of the IP/IT/Media Law Discussion Group at Edinburgh Law School.

After his doctorate, Wenlong joined an EFI-funded, interdisciplinary project in collaboration with Dr. Karen Gregory and Cailean Callagher. The project seeks to examine the impacts of algorithmic decision-making systems on gig workers and builds agencies around GDPR rights to improve workers’ conditions.

Wenlong is also enthusiastic about moot court and has been active in the Oxford Price Media Law Moot Court community as a mooter (quarter-finalist, 2014), coach (Edinburgh 2017-18) and judge (International round, 2016 and 2019-2020).

Wenlong is a qualified lawyer in China and, before his journey to the United Kingdom, he worked at Tencent Internet Institute while being affiliated to the Media Law Research Centre at the University of Political Science and Law, China.

Research interests

Wenlong works at the intersections between information technology, law and ethics. His research traverses a range of themes such as privacy and data protection, technological design, advertising regulation, AI governance, freedom of expression, data portability and interoperability.