Ph.D., School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.
- Research title: The Puzzle of the Yakuza’s Longevity: The Endurance of the Yakuza and its Implications for Theories of Organised Criminality.
- Areas of interest: organised crime, criminological theories, southern theory, non- western perspectives within criminology, Japanese criminal law, policing, corruption, sociology, economy, Japanese politics.
- Supervisor: Dr Sappho Xenakis.
- Examiners: Prof. David Nelken (KCL) and Prof. Georgios Antonopoulos (Teeside). - Viva (passed with minor corrections): 6 March 2020.
Visiting researcher, Risshō University, Tōkyō;
-Japanese mentor: Dr Maruyama Yasuhiro.
- Doctoral fieldwork: Independently conducted interviews with active and ex yakuza, journalists, researchers, academics.
- Bibliographical research at the Diet National Library and university libraries (such as Risshō University, Waseda University).
- Participation in the Law Department Research Group.
M.A. Crime, Law and Society, School of Law, University of Manchester (Merit)
- Dissertation: ‘How Transnational is Transnational Organised Crime? Observations of the Transnational Features of Criminal Associations Based on the Case Study of the Italian/Slovenian Border’.
- Winner of the Chair’s Prize for Best Dissertation.
M.A. Japanese Studies, School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of Leeds (Merit)
- Dissertation: ‘The struggle for the protection market in Japan: the battle for the monopoly of security between the yakuza and the NPA’.
B.A., Languages and Cultures of East Asia, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.
- Completed with honours (109/110).
Peer-Reviewed International Journal Articles
2020 (forthcoming) Baradel, M. ‘The yakuza on trial: patterns in the sentencing of members of Japanese organised crime’, The Journal of Japanese Law, 25(50).
2019 Baradel, M. ‘The rise of shaming paternalism in Japan: recent tendencies in the Japanese criminal justice system.’ Trends in Organized Crime [Springer], 1-19.
Journal Articles Under Peer-Review
Baradel, M. ‘Yakuza grey: the shrinking of the il/legal nexus and its repercussions on Japanese organised crime’. Global Crime.
Invitation to Submit
2020 (forthcoming) Baradel, M. and Bortolussi, J. ‘Under a Setting Sun: the Despatialisation of the Yakuza and their Longing for Visibility’. Special Issue for Trends in Organized Crime, edited by Sergi, A. and Storti, L.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Baradel, M. and Bortolussi, J. ‘When did it all start? Repositioning the onset of neoliberalism in Japan’. Expected completion: July 2020.
Target journal: The Journal of Japanese Studies.
Baradel, M. and Hirosue, N. ‘The narrow path to salvation: Social exclusion and social reinvention amongst the ridatsusha’.
Expected completion: May 2020.
Target journal: Crime, Law and Society, Hanzaigaku Zasshi (Japanese version).
Baradel, M. ‘The puzzle of yakuza longevity’ (monograph adapted from my PhD thesis) Expected completion: October 2020
Contacted Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Awards and Honours
Chair’s Prize for Best Dissertation ‘How Transnational is Transnational Organised Crime? Observations of the Transnational Features of Criminal Associations Based on the Case Study of the Italian/Slovenian Border’, University of Manchester.
Grants and Fellowships
British Association of Japanese Studies Travel Grant.
John Crump Scholarship.
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Travel Grant.
The Japanese Foundation Endowment Committee Research Grant.
School of Law, Birkbeck, Research Committee Conference Grant.
2016, 2017, 2018 School of Law, Birkbeck, Travel Grants.
One-day international workshop sole convenor
‘Organised Crime and Environmental Disaster’ Conference, Birkbeck, University of London.
One-day international workshop sole convenor
‘Organised crime and the Move Towards Legal Markets: Comparative Perspectives’ Conference, Birkbeck, University of London. Participants: Prof Michal Levi (Cardiff University), Prof Vincenzo Ruggiero (Middlesex University), Prof Liz Campbell (Durham University), Dr Sappho Xenakis (Birkbeck), Dr Anna Sergi (Essex University), Dr Maziyar Ghiabi (Oxford), Dr Tiggey May and Dr Dina Bhardwa (ICPR).
‘Inoperative Transformations in Contemporary Japan: Maintaining the Past Political Order Behind the Façade of Reformism.’ 15th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, University of Tel Aviv, Israel.
'Frenemies: how neoliberal governance ruined the friendship between conservatives and organised crime in Japan' European Association of Japanese Studies Conference, Ghent University, Belgium.
‘Shallower but Wider: Anti-Yakuza Provisions as Tools of Expansion of Institutional Surveillance’, 15th Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, University of Tel Aviv, Israel.
‘Nuclear Yakuza: the Role of Japanese Organised Crime in the Nuclear Sector in Japan’, ‘Organised Crime and Environmental Disaster’ Conference, Birkbeck, University of London.
‘Yakuza Grey’, ‘Organised crime and the Move Towards Legal Markets: Comparative Perspectives’ Conference, Birkbeck, University of London.
‘The Yakuza and the ‘Lost Decades’, 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Cardiff, UK (Supported by Birkbeck School of Law).
‘The Yakuza Who? Negligence and (self) Orientalisation in a ‘Crime- free’ Society’, BAJS Spring Conference ‘Critiques in/of Japanese Studies’, Chiba University, Japan (Supported by BAJS and Birkbeck School of Law).
‘The Yakuza and the Challenges to Mainstream Criminology’, 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, Muenster, Germany (Supported by Birkbeck School of Law).
‘The Yakuza, Economic Crisis and New Legislation’, ‘Crises, Economy and Punishment’ Conference, La Coruna, Spain (Supported by the School of Law).
‘Human Rights from International Perspectives’, Languages and Law Summer School, Birkbeck, University of London.
‘The Yakuza and the Challenges to Criminology’, School of Law Postgraduate Conference, Birkbeck, University of London.
University of Oxford, ExLegi Seminar Series, Oxford (online).
Don't Ask about The Pinkie! Doing Fieldwork with the Yakuza
University of Oxford, Oxford.
Out-dated gangsters: resilience, prosperity and decline of the yakuza
University of Bologna, Bologna.
Yakuza: lo Spettro del Crimine Organizzato in una Società ‘Sicura’ [Yakuza: the Spectre of Organised Crime in a ‘Safe’ Society]
Risshō University, Tōkyō.
Soshiki Hanzai Shudan to Sono Taisakuhō [Organised Criminal Groups and Relative Countermeasures]
Courses and training
09/2014 – 04/2015
Japanese modern literature, Japanese classic literature (in Japanese), Shizuoka University, Japan.
‘The Business model of Cybercrime’, Summer School at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan.
British Association of Japanese Studies
European Society of Criminology
Standing Group on Organised Crime of the European Consortium for Political Research
09/2019 – present
Media monitor and translation from Japanese, Italian weekly magazine ‘Internazionale’
- Selecting news articles from Japanese newspapers and magazines for the ‘Asian and Pacific’ section of Internazionale.
Academic tutoring, London.
- One to one teaching (criminology, Japanese literature, Japanese history);
- Ability to mentor and motivate undergraduate and postgraduate students;
- Result oriented: my students have consistently obtained excellent results (distinction marks in all their essays).
Freelance translator and interpreter.
- Interpreter (to and from English, Italian and Japanese) in professional settings; - Excellent communication skills.
Teacher, Hello England, London.
- Creation of curricula, class delivery, creation of teaching materials;
- Improved my teaching skills by exploring new ways to deliver teaching successfully to more than 20 students;
- Customer satisfaction: consistently obtained excellent feedback.
Teacher, Bowers English School, Makinohara-shi, Shizuoka, Japan.
- Ability to build positive relationships with students of all ages and co-workers;
- Curriculum development: efficiently delivered classes tailored to students, thanks to careful and autonomous lesson planning;
- Management of small and big groups of students: creating a comfortable learning environment for everyone;
- Flexible modes of delivery: I employed interactive learning activities to engage with students.
Excellent experience with Word, Office and Power Point. Good knowledge of NVivo and SPSS.
Good knowledge of Content Management Systems. Ability to learn and to use any software package easily