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Restorative Justice in China

Comparing Theory and Practice

  • Compares Chinese restorative justice practices with the Western model

  • Provides an understanding of mediation practices in China

  • Explores Criminal Justice practices in China across regional contexts


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introducing the Topic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Xiaoyu Yuan
      Pages 3-14
  3. Discovering Realities: A Naturalistic Qualitative Inquiry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
  4. Empirical Findings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Xiaoyu Yuan
      Pages 107-126
    3. Xiaoyu Yuan
      Pages 127-138
  5. Doing “Restorative” Justice: China and the West

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Xiaoyu Yuan
      Pages 141-162
    3. Xiaoyu Yuan
      Pages 191-201
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-212

About this book


This book provides insights into the history, development, and practice of restorative justice methods in China. Traditionally in China, mediation has played an important role in criminal proceedings, which has many characteristics in common with the “Western” concept of restorative justice. Through case studies and theoretical examination, the author of this timely work aims to bridge the research on restorative justice models mainly developed in the West with restorative justice as practiced in China.

After a Brief overview and introduction, the author compares and contrasts case studies of restorative justice-like practices from different districts  in China. The author examines cases studies from several regions within China, and explores the key question: can the restoration model developed in the West take root in China, and if so what legal, cultural and societal accommodations may need to be made?

This work will be of interest to researchers in Criminology and Criminal Justice, particularly with an interest in alternative justice practices, restorative justice, and international comparative criminology; as well as researchers interested in Chinese affairs or Asian Studies. 


Restorative Justice Alternative Justice Criminological Theory Criminology in China Asian Criminology Restorative Justice Conferences (RJC) Comparative Justice

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeShanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

About the authors

Xiaoyu Yuan has a PhD in criminology from KU Leuven University (Belgium). She was born in Jiangsu Province at the People’s Republic of China, and has worked as a doctoral researcher at the research line Restorative Justice & Victimology from June 2012 to March 2016 at LINC (Leuven Institute of Criminology, KU Leuven). Before that, she obtained her master’s degree in criminal law from China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing) in 2011, and bachelor’s degree in law from Southwest University of Political Science and Law (Chongqing) in 2008. She also holds a Chinese bar license since 2008. She is now an Assistant Professor at Eastern China Institute of Political Science and Law.  Her current research interests include restorative justice, juvenile justice, Chinese criminal sentencing, dispute resolution, and qualitative methods. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Restorative Justice in China
  • Book Subtitle Comparing Theory and Practice
  • Authors Xiaoyu Yuan
  • Series Title Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Series on Asian Criminology and Criminal Justice Research
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-63921-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87672-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-63922-2
  • Series ISSN 2522-5545
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5553
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 212
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Asian Criminology
    Asian Politics
    Political Sociology
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