Eddie Wei (CSC Cambridge International Trust Scholarship)
Understanding the Sentencing of Women: Evidence from Chinese Courts
Supervisor: Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe (Institute of Criminology)
Despite frequently voiced concerns about discrimination in the criminal justice system there has been surprisingly little new research during the last decade into the way women are sentenced. My thesis seeks to fill that gap: it examines statistical data on Chinese men and women offenders from eight provinces; and it also looks at the factors (blameworthiness, dangerousness, and practical constraints) judges identify as influences on their decision-making. The aim, therefore, is to describe how judges at three main levels (district, intermediate and high courts) set about taking account of substantive differences in men’s and women’s lives and their perceptions of ‘real justice’ for women.
Research Interests: Feminist Legal Theory, Critical Legal Studies, Law and Development
Professional Affiliations: All China Lawyers Association, since 2008; Law and Society Association, since 2013
Unequal Treatment in Pretrial Detention in China, British Journal of Criminology, 2016, forthcoming.
Does Gender Play a Role in Divorce Mediation? – Working Pattern of Female Judges in China, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 19 No. 3, 2013.
Inaugural Conference for Junior Researchers: On Law and (In)formality, Stanford Law School, 2014.
Graduate Students Workshop, Law and Society Association, 2014.
8th Cornell Inter-University Graduate Student Conference, Cornell Law School, 2012.