[KS] The 71st Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum (IMKS, Yonsei University)

김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Sun May 13 06:09:08 EDT 2007

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 71st Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00 PM in Room 702 of New Millennium Hall at Yonsei University. The speaker is Professor Hongwei Zhang, Law School, Guangxi University, China. The discussant is Dr. Joon Oh Jang, Director of Research Planning and Coordination, Korean Institute of Criminology. The title of his talk is “Crime Victims and Restorative Justice in Korean Juvenile Justice: How Can Confucianism and Peacemaking Evolve to Solve Juvenile Delinquency?” The abstract of his paper and a brief bio can be found at the end of this email.  
 The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, discussion, and reception. Please contact Jennifer Bresnahan at 010-5441-9204, jennifer.bresnahan at gmail.com for further inquiries.  
Hyuk-Rae Kim
Professor of Korean StudiesDirector, Institute for Modern Korean Studies
GSIS, Yonsei University 

            Since its inception in Western societies in the late 1960s, the philosophy and practice of restorative justice has been widely explored and discussed in East Asian countries where retribution and deterrence have been the focus of criminal justice programs for thousands of years. Throughout the history of Korea, although harsh punishment was thought to be the fastest and the most efficient formal social control method to regulate and control crime issues, the informal social control developed from Confucianism played an important role in shaping human relations at the local or grassroots levels. Such informal social control, which indeed involves some key elements of restorative justice, is believed to be more influential and powerful in solving conflicts within the Korean context. 
            The idea of restorative justice in the Korean juvenile justice system is not new given the fact that deterrence and retribution have not been that efficient in handling juvenile crime issues, as is true in many countries including China and the United States. By integrating the evolving ideas of traditional Confucianism to the current conflict solving methods, this paper examines and outlines the development and implementation of restorative elements in the Korean justice system, particularly the juvenile justice system. Suggestions will be provided after further discussing the cons and pros of the restorative elements in the juvenile justice system.


Professor Hongwei Zhang received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University, and LL.B. from

Wuhan University, respectively. He has been a professor of criminology and criminal law at

Guangxi University, since 2004. He has published widely in criminology, victimology, and juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice in both English and Chinese. He has been visiting scholar in Germany, Japan, Norway and Korea. 
He will present his preliminary research titled Crime Victims and Restorative Justice in Korean Juvenile Justice: How Can Confucianism and Peacemaking Evolve to Solve Juvenile Delinquency? The final report is expected to complete by this coming summer.


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