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Anqi Shen

Professor of Law

Department: Northumbria Law School

Campus Address


+44 (0) 191 243 7034



Key Publications and Outputs

Antonopoulos, G.A., Hall, A., Large, J. & Shen, A. 2018. Fake Goods, Real Money: The counterfeiting business and its financial management. Bristol: Policy Press (forthcoming).

Shen, A. 2017. Women Judges in Contemporary China: Gender, judging and living. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Shen, A. 2016. The Age of Criminal Responsibility and Juvenile Justice in Mainland China: A case study. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 67(3): 357-371.

Shen, A. 2016. The Role of the Study–Work School: A Chinese case study on early intervention and child-centred juvenile justice. Youth Justice 16(2): 95-112. 

Shen, A. 2016. Motivations of Women Who Organized Others for Prostitution: Evidence from a female prison in China. Criminology & Criminal Justice 16(2): 214-232.  

Shen, A. 2015. Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Current and Recent Projects

2017: Financial Aspects of the Trade in Counterfeit Products: An exploratory study (£100,000, ESRC/AHRC, CI)

2016: Internal Migration, Crime and Punishment: A case study in the southern region of Jiangsu ((¥80,000, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre for Development of Regional Rule of Law, PI)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Migration and crime 
  • The legal profession
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Youth, crime and justice
  • Organised crime (including gangs, human trafficking, counterfeiting and illicit markets, gender and organised crime)
  • Policing (including gender and policing)
  • Judicial culture
  • Sentencing and punishment

Further Information

Dr Anqi Shen joined Northumbria Law School in January 2018 as Professor of Law. 

Anqi’s research focus is in the areas of sentencing, judicial culture, policing, organised crime (including gangs, human trafficking, counterfeiting and illicit markets), youth, gender, crime and justice, the legal profession, migration and crime. Anqi has published widely in law, crime and justice in and in relation to China. She is author of Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime (Palgrave, 2015) and of Women Judges in Contemporary China: Gender, judging and living (Palgrave, 2017), and co-author of Fake Goods, Real Money: The counterfeiting business and its financial management (Policy Press, 2018). Currently, she is writing a new single-authored monograph focusing on internal migration, crime and punishment in contemporary China (contracted with Springer). She has recently completed a single-authored monograph entitled Internal Migration, Crime and Punishment in Contemporary China: An inquiry into migrant offenders (Springer). The book is scheduled to come out in November 2018.

Anqi is Adjunct Professor with Law School in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (China) and Senior Fellow with Crime and Justice Research Centre in Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (Australia). She is currently a visitor at RegNet in the Australian National University. Anqi is a member of the editorial board of Women and Criminal Justice (Taylor & Francis) and of Trends in Organised Crime (Springer). 

Anqi has previously worked as Reader in Law at Teesside University, where she was a member of the REF Steering Group and REF UOA Lead for Law. Before coming to the UK, she worked in China as a police officer and then as a lawyer in a Nanjing law firm. 




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