Introduction to Crime, Law and Justice in Hong Kong


Edited by Mark S. Gaylord, Danny Gittings, and Harold Traver

ISBN : 978-962-209-978-4


July 2009

272 pages, 6″ x 9″

  • HK$230.00

An essential text for anyone interested in crime, law and justice in Hong Kong, this book offers the only comprehensive survey of all the major parts of Hong Kong’s criminal justice system. It also provides an introduction to some key areas of the Hong Kong legal system, including the judiciary, criminal law and legal assistance. The book will appeal not only to social and political science students but also those studying for a number of law courses.

Mark S. Gaylord was most recently a Fulbright Scholar (2006–07) and Visiting Scholar (2007–08) in the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Danny Gittings is Programme Director in Law at the College of Humanities and Law in the University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. Harold Traver is a Professor of Sociology at Hong Kong Shue Yan University; he has taught at the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

“This is an essential book for anyone studying the contemporary Hong Kong criminal justice system. The book’s introductory chapter is an especially concise and helpful guide that directs the reader through the stages comprising Hong Kong’s criminal justice system. The remaining chapters cover the expected topics of criminal law, crime statistics, police, courts, and corrections, but also provide fascinating information on the ancillary topics of specialized enforcement, legal assistance, court interpreters, and social welfare programs for criminal offenders. In addition to its use in comparative criminal justice courses interested in focusing on a unique justice system, the book is a necessary addition to libraries where patrons are interested in Hong Kong society and culture generally and its crime and justice more specifically.” —Philip Reichel, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Northern Colorado

“Gaylord, Gittings and Traver have assembled an outstanding collection of articles on crime, law and criminal justice in Hong Kong by leading authorities in a variety of essential areas. From the excellent introduction to the engaging substantive chapters, Introduction to Crime, Law and Justice in Hong Kong is a superb and fully accessible resource that will be of great interest to a broad range of students, practitioners and scholars.” —Henry N. Pontell, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine