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Thursday, 21 March 2024 - 5.00pm
Location: 
Institute of Criminology, Seminar Room B3

The Institute of Criminology, University of CambridgeSpeaker: Jianhong Liu (Distinguished Professor of Criminology, and Director of Centre for Empirical Legal Studies University of Macau, Macau SAR, China)

Abstract: There are two significant difficulties in building a general criminal justice theory. First, different from criminology theories, criminal justice produces multiple outcomes at different levels. Second, the scopes of existing theories largely originate from Western contexts and data, few including cross-cultural variation. This paper outlines a unified theory to explain multiple criminal justice outcomes at the system, institutional, and individual levels across cultures under a paradigm shift from the current “monotonic paradigm” to a more general “comparison paradigm.” The new paradigm logically contains the existing paradigm while broadening research questions and scope of criminal justice studies. It constructs a new set of concepts and propositions, presenting an effort toward a general causal criminal justice theory.

A drinks reception for informal conversation will take place in the basement common room for all who attend in person.

To register to attend in-person or remotely, see the Criminology website.

If you wish to be added to the seminar mailing list, please contact: enquiries@crim.cam.ac.uk

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