2023-2024 Executive Board

The LIDS Executive Board is composed of current students actively engaged in the organization. It is responsible for the overall management of the organization and implementation of its activities. Each spring semester, new co-presidents are elected and a new board is appointed for the following academic year.

President: JON ALAMI

Jon Alami is a 3L at Harvard Law School, focusing on issues at the intersection of economic development, trade law, and policy. He edits for Harvard’s International Law Journal and serves as an Advisor for visiting Harvard College students. Jon is also interested in behavioral science and colonial history and specifically how cross disciplinary insights can contribute to development. Most recently, Jon spent his 1L summer interning for the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. and spent his 2L summer at the Department of Commerce and USTR.

President: KATNISS LI

Xuejiao (Katniss) Li is an LL.M. candidate at Harvard Law School. Before Harvard, Katniss accumulated her experience in international trade-related matters by working as an associate at Fangda Partners, an intern at Clifford Chance and DLA Piper, and as a researcher at the China Development Bank. Her areas of practice and research include economic sanctions and export control, data privacy and cybersecurity, trade policy analysis, and reviews and investigations related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Having studied at Harvard Law School, Renmin University, and the University of Cambridge, Katniss embraces cultural diversities.

Katniss loves international law. She won the Best Oralist, National Champion, and Alona E. Evans Best Memo as a Jessup mooter and now serves as a judge in the Jessup Chinese rounds and international rounds. She is an Article Editor at Harvard International Law Journal and one of the youngest scholars participating in the Institut de Droit International annual conference. Katniss has been devoted to international volunteer work since 2014 and has made some lifelong friends at AIESEC and the Chinese Initiative on International Law. Katniss is a co-founder of Legal Youth, an NGO dedicated to promoting equal legal education opportunities in China.


Margaret Siu is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School. She is the recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, which funded her graduate education at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics. Presently, she is spearheading The Cranes Project, a memorial honoring the lives lost to COVID-19 and providing a space for collective grief in the state of Texas. Margaret has published geopolitical analyses with The China Project, Oxford Political Review, and UK National Committee on China (UKNCC). She serves on the executive board of the Harvard International Law Journal as Symposium Chair and Article Editor, the board of advisors for the Oxford Silk Road Society, and as the chair of Apricity Magazine.

Previously, Margaret researched for Andrew Cainey, senior fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and Director at the UKNCC, on China’s Dual Circulation Strategy. From 2019-2020, she had researched for the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Human Rights Initiative as a Congressman Bill Archer Fellow. She was also a guest lecturer at Beijing Foreign Studies University and the University of Texas at Austin. Margaret began her career founding Apricity Magazine, an international arts journal, contributing to her interest in soft power diplomacy.


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