His research deals with judicial policymaking, the function of legal institutions and the relationship between law, politics and society in modern and contemporary Japan as well as with regional cooperation in East Asia.
Recent book-publications include: (2015). Juries in the Japanese Legal System: The Continuing Struggle for Citizen Participation and Democracy, London: Routledge (Asian Law Series); (2014). The Changing Role of Law in Japan: Empirical Studies in Culture, Society and Policy Making (Vanoverbeke, D., Ed., Maesschalck, J., Ed., Nelken, D., Ed, Parmentier, S., Ed.), Edward Elgar Publishers; (2013). EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012: From Confrontation to Global Partnership. (Vanoverbeke, D., Ed., Keck, J., Ed., Waldenberger, F., Ed.). London: Routledge.
Global Constitutionalism in East Asia (Cambridge University press, forthcoming 2017)
The participation of the citizen in the criminal justice procedure: modern and contemporary
The relation between modern Japan and Belgium: first focus: the making of the Meiji Constitution and Belgian constitutionalism; second focus: the first modern prisons and juvenile institutions in Meiji Japan and the example from Belgium
Translation project (with prof. Okazaki Seiki, Kyushu University) David Van Reybrouck; Tegen Verkiezingen
Death-penalty in modern and contemporary Japan: first focus on the discourse around 1907-8 when the Penal Code was enacted; second focus on the influence of the saiban’in on the death penaly today