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Professor Song Yinghui of Beijing Normal University was Invited to Give a Lecture

2019-02-22 15:01:43

On November 10, Professor Song Yinghui, deputy dean of College for Criminal Law Science of Beijing Normal University and doctoral supervisor, was invited to give a lecture entitled “Several Disputes on Juvenile Justice”. The lecture was hosted by Professor Liu Qixiang, dean of School of Laws and Public Administration. Teachers and students of relevant majors attended and listened to the lecture.

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At the beginning of the lecture, Professor Song proposed that there are five widely controversial issues in juvenile justice, including: why should we emphasize best interests, preferential protection, and special protection for minors? Can punishment on juvenile who conducted delinquency achieve the best interests of the victimized child and society? Are children’s best interests and education, influence and rehabilitation applicable to felony minors? Should we imitate countries such as Britain and America to increase the crackdown on serious crimes committed by minors? Should the age for criminal responsibility be reduced?

Subsequently, Professor Song elaborated the basic concepts and principles that should be adhered to on issues above from the perspective of applying to all minors,  of applying to judicial interpretation cases, and of balancing children’s interests and social interests, interests of juvenile criminal suspects and of the victim, and explained opinions on above arguments and corresponding supporting reasons.

She emphasized that children represent the future, children’s interests are the social public interests, and the best interests of children are not antagonistic to social interests, but complementary. The best interests of children also apply to the victim, and simply retributive punishment on injurers could not protect the interests of the victim. The principles of decriminalization, non-penalization, and non-imprisonment do not conflict with the defense society, which are more in line with the needs of defense society from the perspective of reducing recidivism. Juvenile justice does not exclude the application of punishment, but opposes punishment without education, and opposing simple punishment is not connivance but emphasizing the professionalism of interventions and focusing on the effects.

In the interactive section, Professor Song communicated with teachers and students of HNUC on practical issues such as social management and school bullying, and deepened students’ understanding of controversial issues on juvenile justice. All students expressed that they have benefited a lot in this lecture. (Text / Liu Yuqing  Photo / Cao Yuwei)


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