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Institute of Advanced Study

Professor Eric Wing Hong Chui

COFUND Senior Research Fellow at St Mary's College (April - June 2016)

Prof Chui is a Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong. He has won a number of prestigious grants and his work is well respected in criminology and social conferences in the UK, SE Asia and the Pacific.

A Comparative Study of Youth Justice in Hong Kong and England

The work to be undertaken will be centered around youth justice systems and social work. Specifically the objective of this project will be to compare and contrast the development of youth justice policy and social work practice between Hong Kong and the UK, taking a multidisciplinary perspective in doing so.

Firstly, with regards to the aspect of policy, this project will thematically enquire upon the lines of Criminal Responsibility, Crime and Legitimacy, Juvenile Delinquency, and Restorative Justice amongst others, so as to examine the underlying ideologies behind both respective justice systems. Both historical perspectives and contemporary research advancements will be considered, to paint a comprehensive picture of how these justice systems have developed into their current states today. In doing so, implications for policy advancements will emerge.

Secondly, relating to frontline practice, collaborations will be made with social work practitioners, affording the opportunity for cross-cultural exchanges to be made with regards to culture-specific interventions and best practice procedures.

It is hoped that the findings of this project provide some much-needed cross-cultural insights, ultimately serving to advance the national and international knowledge of the field of youth criminal justice.