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).
Erik Herber is university lecturer in socio-legal studies and criminology at the Leiden University Institute of Area Studies (LIAS) as well as the Leiden University Law School. His main research interests concern crime and criminal justice in Japan, with a particular focus on the role of citizens and other non-juridical professionals in the prevention and adjudication of crime as well as the reintegration of offenders. This has led to publications on a variety of subjects, ranging from crime prevention volunteering and penal populism to victim participation in criminal justice. Erik Herber however also concerns himself with trends in policies and responses to crime in a comparative perspective, as well as human rights in Japan, in theory and practice.
In conducting his research Erik Herber has collaborated with the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI), the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA), as well as members of the Japanese judiciary, Prosecutors’ Office and various Japanese volunteering associations dedicated to the prevention of crime and the reintegration of offenders.
Erik Herber’s teaching is focused on Japanese law and society, crime and criminal justice in East Asia, law and governance in Asia as well as more general sociological topics pertaining to Japanese society. He has lived in Japan for seven years.
- East Asian Perspectives on Crime and Criminal Justice (MA Asian Studies)
- Thesis Research in Law and Society of Japan (BA3 Japan Studies)
- Japanese Society and Culture (BA3 Japanstudies)
- Japanese Law and Society (BA2 Japan Studies)
- Crime and Deviance in Japan (BA2 Japan Studies)
- PhD, Sociology, Tsukuba University (Japan)
- Master, Sociology, Tsukuba University (Japan)
- Master (Drs.), Japanstudies, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Key publications (scholarly, refereed)
- Monograph, Lay and Expert Contributions to Japanese Criminal Justice (Routledge). Forthcoming, 2019; ISBN 1138063665, 9781138063662
- Editor special issue International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice: “Crime prevention volunteering in Japan: Japanese citizens’ contribution to low crime rates” (forthcoming, 2018).
- “Crime prevention in Japan: orchestration, representation and impact of a volunteering boom,” International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice (forthcoming, 2018).
- “East Asian Court Reform on Trial: Victim Participation in Japan,” Pacific Rim Law & Political Journal 27(1): 115-144 (2017).
- “The 2011 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Japanese Citizens’ Role in the Pursuit of Criminal Responsibility,” Journal of Japanese Law 21(42): 87-109 (2016).
- “Between ‘Benevolent Paternalism’ and Genbatsuka: Diversity in Japanese Criminal Justice” In: Vanoverbeke Dimitri, Maesschalck Jeroen, Nelken David, Parmentier Stephan (Eds.) The Changing Role of Law in Japan.. Chatham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing, 111-131 (2014).
Guest Staff Member
- Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
- Instituut voor Metajuridica
- Van Vollenhoven Instituut