Source: (-0001) Newsletter of the European Forum for Restorative Justice. 8(1) Pp. 2-3.

"Confucius, an ancient Chinese sage, influenced Chinese thought and the cultures of many East Asian countries for over two thousand years. The core concepts of his philosophy and his legal cultural principles are in stark contrast with the modern Western criminal justice tradition, as well as the dominant contemporary Chinese system, which is in a developmental trend toward adopting more Western principles in its ongoing legal reform. Although many criticisms of Confucius' ideas are good, the significance of his ideas has continued to be discovered. In this short essay, I briefly introduce the major Confucian philosophical ideas that reflect strong characteristics of RJ." (excerpt)