10th Edition

World Criminal Justice Systems A Comparative Survey

By Richard J. Terrill Copyright 2024
    758 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    758 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The revised tenth edition of this core textbook provides an understanding of major world criminal justice systems by discussing and comparing the systems of six of the world’s countries - each representative of a different type of legal system. England, France, Japan, South Africa, Russia, and China are all covered in detail, and an additional chapter on Islamic law uses three example nations to illustrate the range of practice within Sharia. Political, historical, organizational, procedural, and critical issues confronting the justice systems are explained and analyzed. Neatly organized with a parallel structure throughout the text, each chapter contains material on government, police, judiciary, law, corrections, juvenile justice, and other critical issues.

    A new feature of this text focuses on the nature of the political world order and the significant clash between some democratic and authoritarian governments. Of particular concern are those authoritarian governments that have seen the rise of what has been popularly referred to as the strongman leader. The countries covered in this text have seen the emergence of four such strongmen. While the rise of each occurred in different contexts, they were each facilitated in significant ways by the manner in which they asserted their control over the country’s criminal justice system.

    This book is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice, prelaw, and similar programs. Supplementary materials for instructors include test bank and lecture slides.


    1. England
    2. France 
    3. Japan
    4. South Africa
    5. Russia 
    6. China 
    7. Islamic Law


    Richard J. Terrill is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. His major research interests include comparative criminal justice, the history of criminal justice, civilian oversight of law enforcement, and the organization and management of criminal justice. Terrill was a past editor of the Criminal Justice Review and the founding editor of the International Criminal Justice Review.

    "This book is a dynamic and well-established textbook from a giant contributor to the comparative criminal justice research and education field."
    Max Lowenstein, Bournemouth University

    "I find a country-based case study approach to be very helpful in teaching my Comparative Legal Systems course. There is really no other book on the market that offers this kind of approach"
    Donald C. Williams, Western New England University

    "I have used all the editions (1–9) of this book. I was first attracted to it by the introduction (which is unlike any other comparative CJ book), and the detailed discussion of each of the selected countries."
    Joseph Appiahene-Gyamfi, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley