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EVENT: “Justice Without Retribution: Chinese Concepts of Punishment”

Tomiya photoLecture by:  Itaru Tomiya (Kyoto University)

When you think about justice, we often think about retribution, about a process that makes someone who has done wrong pay for what he or she did.  This might seem like a natural way to conceive of legal penalties but in “Justice Without Retribution:  Chinese Concepts of Punishment,” Itaru Tomiya explores a fundamentally different understanding of the function of these processes.  In early China, revenge was separate from legal justice, and was instead a matter of ritual.  By examining premodern Chinese practices, this talk invites us to reconsider the position of retribution in the law.

Itaru Tomiya is Professor and Director of the Center for Informatics in East Asian Studies at the Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University.  Professor Tomiya has done research, lectured, and taught at universities in China, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, including Beijing University and Cambridge University.  He has written and edited numerous books, such as the scholarly monographs “A Study of the Qin and Han Penal Systems” (1998) and “The Bureaucratically-Administered Han Empire” (2010) and popular works on Chinese history and philosophy.

WHEN:  December 2, 2013
WHERE:  University Center – Room 225
TIME:  4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

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