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Sue Trevaskes

Professor Sue Trevaskes

Adjunct Director

DPhil, Griffith University
Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Griffith University

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Susan Trevaskes is an ARC QEII Research Fellow at Griffith University. She is an Adjunct Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at ANU, and head of the CIW China Justice research stream.  She has made contributions to the field of contemporary Chinese criminal justice studies through her work on criminal law, punishment and policing issues in China. Trevaskes' research contributions have been recognised by the award of a three-year ARC Fellowship in 2005 and a five-year ARC fellowship in 2009. These fellowships have resulted in a number of papers and books including the first monograph in English on criminal courts contemporary China (2007), a book on policing serious crime in China (2010), and a book on the death penalty in China (2012). She has also published numerous papers on Chinese justice in areas including criminal justice policy, justice reform, anti-crime campaigns, public security, stability maintenance operations, state responses to drug crime, public punishment rituals and death penalty reform. Her latest book is a co-edited volume titled The Politics of Law and Stability in China (2014).

Other Languages

  • Chinese

Research Interests

  • The politics of law and order
  • Justice policy and reform
  • The death penalty
  • Drug crime and punishment
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Current Projects

  • The politics of law and stability
  • Drug crime and punishment
  • Concepts of justice in China
  • Justice policy and reform
  • The death penalty
  • Deprivation of liberty
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Selected Publications

Contributions to The China Story

‘Under rule of law’ (with Elisa Nesossi), in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn eds, China Story Yearbook 2013: Civilising China,Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2013, online at

‘The ideology of law and order’, in Geremie R. Barmé with Jeremy Goldkorn, Carolyn Cartier and Gloria Davies eds, China Story Yearbook 2012: Red Rising Red Eclipse, Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World, 2012, online at:

‘Human rights and politics’, in Australia-China Agenda 2013, 6 September 2013, online at:

Introduction to Jason Todd’s ‘China’s rigid stability – Yu Jianrong analyses a predicament’, (with Elisa Nesossi), China Story Journal, 27 January 2013, online at:于建嵘/

‘The 2012 Mental Health Law 精神卫生法 – An Interview with Guo Zhiyuan  郭志媛 (with Elisa Nesossi), China Story Journal, 23 January 2013, online at:精神卫生法-an-interview-with-guo-zhiyuan-郭志媛/

‘Lenient death sentencing and the “cash for clemency” debate’, The China Journal, forthcoming 2014.

The Politics of Law and Stability in China, co-edited with Eisa Nesossi, Flora Sapio and Sarah Biddulph, London: Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2014.

‘Suspending death in Chinese capital cases: the road to reform?’, in Roger Hood and Surya Deva eds, Confronting Capital Punishment in Asia: human rights, politics, public opinion and practices, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, pp.221-237

‘Rationalizing stability preservation through Mao’s not so invisible hand’, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. 42, no. 2 (2013): 51-77

The Death Penalty in Contemporary China, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

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