Restorative Justice in China

Comparing Theory and Practice

  • Xiaoyu Yuan

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

  • Xiaoyu Yuan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeShanghai University of Political Science and LawShanghaiChina

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