Women Judges who Judge Women Offenders: A Chinese case study on gender and judging

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Based on an empirical study, this article examines Chinese female judges’ life experiences and worldviews by asking: are women judges feminist or pro-feminism? Given the very nature of feminism, if a large number of women judges are feminist or pro-feminism, they are likely to bring attention to women’s issues in the judiciary and the judicial process. If so, women’s equal participation in courts would make a vital difference in law and judicial production. The article first provides the context of the research on which this article is based. Next, it briefly outlines several key methodological issues. Then, it presents findings on female judges’ perceptions of women’s gender roles, their views about female offending and their awareness of feminism. Finally, it highlights the evidence presented and offers implications of the research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-79
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of the Legal Profession
Issue number1
Early online date28 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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