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Erik Herber

University Lecturer

Dr. E.D. Herber
+31 71 527 2532

Erik Herber is lecturer at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society, as well as the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies, School of Asian Studies (Leiden University).

More information about Erik Herber

Fields of interest

  • Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance in Japan
  • Japanese (criminal/criminal procedure) Law and Society


Impact of the introducion of a lay-juror (saiban'in) system in Japan on processes of social reality construction in court in general, and sentencing practices in particular.

Teaching activities

  • Japanese language courses (BA1 "Texts" + Grammar, BA2 "Texts")
  • BA3 Seminar "Sociological Perspectives on Crime and Deviance in Japan"
  • BA2 Seminar "Japanese Law and Society" 

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2004 – PhD in Sociology at Tsukuba University, Japan.
  • 2001 – MA in Sociology at Tsukuba University, Japan.
  • 1997-1999 Research Student at the Faculty of Sociology, Department of Social Sciences, Tsukuba University, Japan, after being awarded a two-year Monbushō Japanese Government Scholarship (1996).
  • 1996 - MA in Japanese Studies at Leiden University (Rijksuniversiteit Leiden), Holland. 

 Working Experience:

  • August 2007 – January 2008: Lecturer Japanese at Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • August 2004 - August 2007: Free-lance translator/interpreter for various clients (Tonbo, NOS, Bosch, etc.), in various types of settings (legal, medical, scientific, media, etc.).

Key publications

Articles in international “peer reviewed” journals:

  • “The (Japanese) Administration of Justice and the Will to Truth.” International Journal of the Sociology of Law, 31 (2003) 107-114. 
  • “Motive and the Identity of the Legal Subject.” Japanese Journal of Sociological Criminology, 28 (2003) 132-140. 
  • “Japanese Sentencing Practices: Creating an Opportunity for “Formal” Paternalism.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory, Vol. 2, No 2. (2009) 303-313. 
  • "Change and Continuity in Japanese Criminal Justice" Journal of Japanese Law (Forthcoming, Spring Issue 2010) 

University Lecturer

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Japan

Work address

Arsenaal building
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number 0.22


Guest Staff Member

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • Van Vollenhoven Instituut

Work address

Lipsius Building
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden



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