TPR 2021: Exploring restorative justice in the Taiwanese juvenile justice area

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Event details

PhD Seminar

Date & time

Thursday 11 November 2021


Online Via zoom
ANU Canberra


Reynol Cheng

Taiwan’s preservation of Confucian traditions and openness to western concepts such as democracy and human rights places it in a unique position to develop restorative justice. While introducing various restorative justice models and theories from the global North, Taiwanese society is still looking for a productive way to achieve reintegrative shame and restorative justice in the local context. This research plans to explore what restorative justice currently looks like in the Taiwanese juvenile justice area. The proposed research also seeks to identify what restorative elements exist in the local culture and investigate what relevant factors would be significant in building upon its work with restorative justice in Taiwan.

Adopting qualitative methodology, this research will conduct semi-structured observations and in-depth interviews. This will be in six district courts in Taiwan (and their associated organizations) participating in the pilot program for applying restorative conferences in juvenile justice cases since 2018. Document analysis of Taiwanese psychology and culture will be triangulated with observations and interviews to illuminate how self-other relations, the operation of shame, and restorative justice are understood and practiced. Theoretically informed by Reintegrative Shaming Theory, Transformative Mediation Studies, and Confucian Relationalism Studies, this research may be able to improve integration of western philosophies with Taiwanese culture, and inform future local-driven reforms to juvenile justice.

This is session two of RegNet’s annual Thesis Proposal Review (TPR) Day, at which RegNet PhD scholars present their thesis proposals to their supervisors, peers and other RegNet scholars.

About the Speaker

Reynol Hsueh Hung Cheng is a PhD scholar focusing on restorative practice, gender equality, peace-building, and social reconciliation. His proposed PhD explores the potential of restorative justice in addressing youth justice issues in Taiwan, with a particular focus on the rehabilitation of young offenders and the empowerment of victims/survivors.

Prior to joining RegNet, Reynol was a licensed facilitator in Taiwan and a police inspector in the Taipei City Police Department. He worked on enhancing inclusiveness and gender awareness in Taiwan’s criminal justice system.

This event is online only via Zoom. It is open only to RegNet academics, staff, students and visitors.

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