SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Grace (Yu) Mou

LLB (China), MA (China), Diploma (Kent), PhD (Warwick)
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Mou Grace
School of Law

Postgraduate Research Admissions Tutor

SOAS China Institute

Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute

SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies


Centre for Asian Legal Studies


Dr Grace (Yu) Mou
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4277
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
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Tuesdays 14:00-15:00 & 17:00-18:00


Prior to joining SOAS, Grace taught at the University of Warwick and the University of Hull.

Grace’s research interests lie primarily in Asian criminal justice, comparative criminal procedure, and socio-legal studies, especially in the country of China. Her research examines the on-going criminal justice reform in China, which is set within a broad range of contexts -- of political, occupational and legal cultures -- from the value of deference to authority, hierarchical structures, retribution and deterrence, to the integration of these into the state apparatus which determine the way state power is exercised. Her research seeks to provide a rich description of the criminal process in action, and stimulate debate of the difficult legal issues concerning the way China deals with matters relating to criminal justice and human rights.



Criminal law; criminology; comparative criminal justice; criminal evidence; Chinese law; Chinese criminal justice; Asian legal systems; and socio-legal studies.


Authored Books

Mou, Yu (2020) The Construction of Guilt in China: An Empirical Account of Routine Chinese Injustice. Oxford: Hart Publishing.


Mou, Yu (2017) 'Overseeing Criminal Justice: The Supervisory Role of the Public Prosecution Service in China'. Journal of Law and Society, (44) 4, pp 620-645.

Mou, Yu (2017) 'The Constructed Truth: The Making of Police Dossiers in China'. Social & Legal Studies, (26) 1, pp 69-88.

Mou, Yu (2015) 'Conducting Participant Observation Inside the Prosecutor's Office: Understanding the Dossier-Based Chinese Criminal Justice System'. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Book Chapters

Hodgson, Jacqueline and Mou, Yu (2019) 'Empirical Approaches to Criminal Procedure'. In: Brown, Darryl and Turner, Jania and Weisser, Bettina, (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Process. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp 43-66.

Mou, Yu (2015) 'Beyond Legitimate Grounds: External Influences and the Discretionary Power not to Prosecute in the People's Republic of China'. In: Caiaoniello, Michele and Hodgson, Jacqueline, (eds.), Discretionary Criminal justice in a Comparative Context. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, pp 115-139.

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Mou, Yu (2016) Visiting Detention Centres in China.


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