Restorative Justice Or What?: Restorative Justice in the Chinese Youth Justice System

Shen, Anqi and Antonopoulos, Georgios (2013) Restorative Justice Or What?: Restorative Justice in the Chinese Youth Justice System. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, 21 (3-4). pp. 291-315. ISSN 0928-9569

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This article aims to examine restorative justice (RJ) practices in China’s youth justice system, seeking to make contributions to the global effort of operationalising the notion. It begins with an outline of the Chinese youth justice system. Following a brief literature review on RJ movements in China, it moves on to introduce the current programmes in the country’s youth justice practices, including those similar to the Western notion of RJ and those recognised as RJ only in China, and the legal mechanisms facilitating the development of restorative justice. It concludes that China is in its own way translating the critical values of RJ theory into its youth justice system, leaning towards a better one for juveniles. The development of restorative justice and criminal justice as a whole in China is a work in progress. Local variations and timeframe for development should be permissible in its legal reform.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 14:51
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 20:15

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