'Jones and Vagg's meaty tome is well researched, written, and argued. It describes fairly the official narratives that British rule of law and criminal justice tamed "lawless" Hong Kong and that Hong Kongers are politically apathetic wealth seekers...It is hoped that Criminal Justice in Hong Kong will stimulate more discussion and scholarship on class in Asia's world city' - Roy L. Sturgeon, International Journal of Legal Information, Vol 36.3, 2009
Criminal Justice in Hong Kongby Carol Jones, Jon Vagg
Containing a wealth of archival material and statistical data on crime and criminal justice, Criminal Justice in Hong Kong presents a detailed evaluation of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system, both past and present. Exploring the justice system and the perceptions of popular culture, this book demonstrates how the current criminal justice system has/b>
Containing a wealth of archival material and statistical data on crime and criminal justice, Criminal Justice in Hong Kong presents a detailed evaluation of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system, both past and present. Exploring the justice system and the perceptions of popular culture, this book demonstrates how the current criminal justice system has been influenced and shaped over time by Hong Kong’s historical position between ‘East’ and ‘West’.
Jones and Vagg’s examination of the justice system not only takes into account geographical changes, like the erection of the border with communist China in 1950 but also insists that any deep understanding of the current system requires a dialogue with the rich and complex narratives of Hong Kong’s history.
It explores a range of questions, including:
- How were Hong Kong's criminal justice institutions and practices formed?
- What has been its experience of law and order?
- How has Hong Kong's status as between 'East' and 'West' affected its social, political and legal institutions?
Careful and detailed, this analysis of one of the most economically successful, politically stable and safe yet frequently misrepresented cities, is a valuable addition to the bookshelves of all undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Asian law.
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Meet the Author
Carol Jones is Professor of Law at the University of Glamorgan. She previously worked in Hong Kong, is currently engaged in an empirical socio-legal study of crime and justice in China, and remains a Visiting Fellow of the Centre for Asian Studies, The University of Hong Kong.
Jon Vagg previously taught at the University of Hong Kong. He has written widely on crime and criminal justice in Hong Kong, as well as crime in the UK, Europe and the Asian region.
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