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Dr Hiroharu Saito


Associate Professor of Law and Society, The University of Tokyo, Japan



Hiroharu Saito is an Associate Professor of Law and Society at the Institute of Social Science, the University of Tokyo. He is a social scientist and a legal scholar, whose research interests center around children and youth. He conducts empirical legal studies mainly in a quantitative manner while he also writes theoretical law articles from social scientific perspectives. He recently published a book in Japanese entitled "Children and the Law: A Socio-Legal Study of the Boundary between Children and Adults" from The University of Tokyo Press (2022). He is currently working on its English version. Please see his website ( for the details.



A full list of publications is available at his website (

Books in Japanese Children and the Law: A Socio-Legal Study of the Boundary between Children and Adults (University of Tokyo Press, 2022).

Articles in English “Equal Protection for Children: Toward the Childist Legal Studies,” 50(2) New Mexico Law Review 235–286 (2020).

“Japanese Divorce Lawyers: Their Success After Their Own Divorce,” 20(1) Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal 1–49 (2018).

“Do Professional Ethics Make Negotiators Unethical? An Empirical Study with Scenarios of Divorce Settlement,” 22(2) Harvard Negotiation Law Review 325–373 (2017).

“Bargaining in the Shadow of Children’s Voices in Divorce Custody Disputes: Comparative Analysis of Japan and the U.S.,” 17(3) Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 937–988 (2016).

“Loss Aversion for the Value of Voting Rights: WTA/WTP Ratios for a Ballot,” 69 International Review of Law and Economics 106041 (2022).


Law and Society, Empirical Legal Studies, Children and the Law, Children's Rights
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