Staff Profile:Dr Mai Sato

Dr Mai Sato
Job Title:
Lecturer in Criminal Law/Criminology

Mai joined the School of Law in September 2015, and currently teaches on the following courses.

  • Criminal Law (module convenor for the 2016 spring term)
  • Criminology
Areas of Interest:
  • Death penalty, public attitudes to punishment, and international human rights law
  • Miscarriages of justice and the Criminal Cases Reviews Commission
  • Normative approaches in regulating crime
  • Social survey methods (both quantitative and qualitative)

Death Penalty

Mai's research focuses on public attitudes to the death penalty. She used survey work, social experiments, and deliberative consultation as her methodology to determine the effect of information and deliberation on support for the death penalty. Her monograph 'The Death Penalty in Japan: Will the Public Tolerate Abolition?' (Springer, 2014) received the Young Criminologist Award 2014 from the Japanese Association of Sociological Criminology.

In August 2015, she completed a 2-year project funded by the UK, German, Swiss and Norwegian foreign offices, the European Commission, and the Daiwa Foundation (£150,000). This involved further empirical work on the death penalty in Japan. The final report 'The Public Opinion Myth: Why Japan Retains the Death Penalty' is available in English and Japanese.

She is also engaged in consultancy work for international organisations (UN) and has collaborated with the Death Penalty Project, a London-based NGO.

Miscarriages of Justice

Mai is working on a co-authored monograph, with Professor Carolyn Hoyle (University of Oxford), analysing how the Criminal Cases Review Commission makes decisions on potential wrongful conviction cases. The book is based on a 2-year project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2013-2015) led by Professor Carolyn Hoyle.

Normative compliance

While working on a EU FP7 project, FIDUCIA (2012-2015), with Professor Mike Hough (Birkbeck, University of London), Mai became interested in exploring the applicability and limitations of various normative measures - as opposed to the threat of punishment - in preventing various crimes of cross-border nature such as trafficking of goods.

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Biographical Details:

Mai received her PhD from King's College London in 2011. She worked for the Centre for Criminology (University of Oxford) and the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (Birkbeck, University of London) before joining the School of Law as Lecturer in September 2015.

Dr Mai Sato

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7516
+44 (0) 118 378-4543

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