Dr. E.D. (Erik) Herber

  • Lecturer
  • Japanese language

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2532
E-Mail: e.d.herber@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number 0.22
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
E-Mail: e.d.herber@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Metajuridica, Recht en bestuur ontwikkelingslanden/VVI
Office Address: Lipsiusgebouw
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

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)

Last Modified: 11-12-2015