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Ruth Herz

Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford


Dr. jur. Ruth Herz has been a judge at the court of Cologne, Germany since 1974. She has taught Criminology at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada and at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel. She introduced the ‘victim offender mediation and reparation’ as an alternative sanction for juvenile offenders to the German legal system for which she received the Medal of Merit of the State in 1998. From 2001 – 2005 she played the part of the judge in a daily court series on German television. From 2006 – 2010 she was Associate Researcher at the Centre for Criminology of the University of Oxford. She is working on the portrayal of justice on television and on the role and the everyday practice of judges especially through drawings made by a judge. She has published extensively.