Girls in Justice

About Our Symposium and knowledge exchanges

How does a girl’s geographic, economic, and social situation impact her experience with the criminal justice system? Through the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law, we explored the depths of this complex topic. Our expert speakers and panelists convened in a series of 12 webinars starting October 27, 2020 through March 2021, to exchange knowledge on the growing crisis. 

The Joint Program on Child Welfare knowledge exchange on Thursday April 7, 2022 highlighted the latest developments in the field of juvenile justice in China and the United States. Experts on Juvenile Law, on both sides, learned about the approach, experiences and practices of each country across common challenges. This two hour program represents one of the few channels left for the United States and China to discuss human rights, which includes the rights of the child. The two sides remain committed to continuing their cooperation going forward. 

Now we invite you to attend our webinars virtually, and hear from leading activists, judges, scholars, lawyers and field practitioners about the challenges and learn their strategic recommendations for improving a system that is failing girls and children around the world. 

Partners for GICL

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Dui Hua, a founding partner in the symposium, is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that brings clemency and better treatment to at-risk detainees through promotion of universally recognized human rights in well-informed, mutually respectful dialogue with China. Learn More
Patricia Lee
Patricia Lee, a founding partner in the symposium, has been a Deputy Public Defender in San Francisco since 1978 and has been practicing in the Juvenile Courts since 1981. She is currently the Managing Attorney for the Juvenile Division of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Learn More
Penal Reform International
Penal Reform International (PRI) is a non-governmental organization working globally to promote criminal justice systems that uphold human rights for all and do no harm. Learn More
Centre for Criminology HKU

The Centre for Criminology provides a home for innovative and impactful studies of crime and criminal justice in Hong Kong and beyond. While academic research provides knowledge and understanding towards crime prevention, it is only through working closely with practitioners and community stakeholders that our collective ideas become a reality. Learn More

Centre for Comparative and Public Law
The Centre of Comparative and Public Law of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) was established in 1995 as a non-profit virtual research centre in the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong. Learn More


Generous support from the following sponsors has made the symposium possible:

Dedicated Grants and Gifts

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Alice Lam Memorial Fund Logo
Mark Headley & Christina Pehl Logo

Dui Hua’s Special Program Development Fund and core grants from

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Our History

Dui Hua organizes exchanges among criminal justice practitioners and scholars, China’s Supreme People’s Court, and US judges in order to advance reforms. In 2017, Dui Hua held its fifth juvenile justice exchange with China’s Supreme People’s Court on the reform of the juvenile trial system.

The 2014 exchange, “Women in Prison: An International Symposium on the Bangkok Rules,” focused on the implementation of the UN Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-Custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the “Bangkok Rules”).

For that expert exchange, Dui Hua translated “Neglected Needs: Girls in the Criminal Justice System” into Chinese. Researched and written by Penal Reform International and the Inter-agency Panel for Juvenile Justice, “Neglected Needs…” examines the challenges girls face in the criminal justice system and makes recommendations to strengthen the protection of their rights.

Download the Chinese translation of “Neglected Needs: Girls in the Criminal Justice System” by clicking here.


Download the English version here.