Asian Law Center

Countries in Focus - South Korea

Korea and Korean lawyers have been a core part of the Asian Law Program (now Center) at University of Washington since its founding in 1962. Korean legal professionals continue to choose UW School of Law for their LL.M. degree in Asian and Comparative Law, Intellectual Property or Taxation, as well as for the J.D. program. The Law School now has a significant group of Korean and Korean-American alumni practicing in Seattle, throughout the U.S. and in Seoul. Korean scholars are also the largest cohort of Ph.D.s to graduate from the UW School of Law and the largest cohort in our Visiting Scholar Program, and have consistently worked on important areas of law, regulation and policy.

Asian Law Lecture Series: Hate Speech Regulation in Japan

Prof. Shigenori Matsui

On April 7, 2015, Professor Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia School of Law) spoke on whether Japan should adopt legislation banning hate speech.

Although hate speech against Burakumin existed in the past, the Japanese government has been reluctant to enact a hate speech ban, or civil rights legislation granting administrative and civil remedies for private acts of discrimination. However, the escalation of hate speech by right-wing groups against resident Koreans has triggered a debate on this subject. Some members of the legislatures are pushing for a ban, and an increasing number of local assemblies are passing resolutions calling for national ban on hate speech. Professor Matsui explored the reasons behind the reluctance of the Japanese government to ban hate speech, what kind of ban should be introduced, and how it would stand up against “freedom-of-expression” challenges.

RACE, IMMIGRATION & CITIZENSHIP: Professor Robert Chang interviews Author Eric Liu

Eric Liu and Robert Chang

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, we had profound and thought-provoking discussions between Professors Eric Liu and Robert Chang. Robert Chang, Director of the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality,  interviewed author Eric Liu on his recent book: “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream,” touching on the Chinese immigrant experience, and recent issues in race-based police incidents and immigration policy.

Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia: Recording Available

Two special panels were organized on Thursday, December 4th by Professor Clark Lombardi. These panels consisted of leading scholars in Asian comparative law who spoke on constitutional law issues in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
These  are now available at the above link with a UW NET ID.

Asian Law Lecture: South Korea-The World's Most Wired Nation: A Real-Life Case Study on Digital Rights and the Internet.

Sang Jo Jong

On November 25, 2014, Professor Sang Jo Jong (Seoul National University; UW Law Visiting Professor & Garvey Schubert Barer Professor of Law) gave a lecture for the Asian Law Center.

South Korea is the world leader in Internet connectivity with the world's fastest average internet connection speed. But because its cyberspace is very active and developed, Korea has struggled to determine what distinguishes cyberspace from the off-line world. Join us as Professor Jong discusses his real-life case study on censorship, personal information & privacy concerns, and other issues facing Korea which may have implications for other nations as well.

Professor Jong was visiting UW Law during Autumn Quarter 2014 and taught Comparative Korean Law. Professor Jong graduated from Seoul National University and also studied at the London School of Economics, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1991.

UW Faculty Travel to Bangkok and Tokyo For Seminars, December 2 & 4.

On December 2, 2013, UW Law, Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law, and the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) hosted the “IP Policy and Technology Transfer Practice” seminar at Chulalongkorn University. Experts from Japan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Russia spoke on topics such as international contracts, health law, taxation law, and TRIPS. Speakers included Prof. Sakda Thanitcul of Chulalongkorn (LLM '93; PhD '97), Prof. Toshiko Takenaka (UWLS, CASRIP director), Prof. Dan Laster (UWLS & PATH), Prof. Shamnad Basheer of National University of Juridical Sciences, India (UW Visiting Scholar 2012), Associate Dean Patricia Kuszler (UWLS), and Prof. Don S. Zang (UWLS, Asian Law Center Director).

On December 4, 2013, UW Law and Tokyo Medical Dental University co-hosted a seminar on "Globalization of Medical Science Industry and Technology Transfer Strategies." Topics  included: Licensing Genetic Material, Intellectual Property Issue in Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, Technology Transfer System in Russia, and Training Licensing Specialists and Additional Values in Studying Abroad.

Consul General Young-wan Song Speaks at Global Mondays.

Song, Young-Wan

On November 18th, 2013, the Korean American Law Student Association, Asian Law Center and UW Law Global Affairs hosted Young-wan Song, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle as part of the "Global Mondays" Lecture Series.

Mr. Song, who has served as a member of the UN Sanction Panel on North Korea, spoke on the topic of “Two Koreas and the United States” regarding legal and diplomatic issues in the Korean Peninsula. The lecture outlined the legal aspects and effects of bilateral and international efforts for the denuclearization of North Korea, focusing on sanctions on North Korea imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

UW Law Welcomes Visiting Scholars and Graduate Students for the 2013-14 Academic Year

3 ALC LLM Students

On September 16, 2013, we welcomed the new incoming LLM & PhD students and Visiting Scholars with a reception after their all-day orientation. An estimated 150 students and scholars gathered in the William H. Gates Hall Galleria.

For the 2013-14 year, 50 are enrolled in the Asian Law Center's (ALC) Asian & Comparative Law LLM, Global Business Law LLM, and Sustainable International Development Law LLM program. The ALC is proud to announce that its LLM students represent 16 countries: Afghanistan, Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Krygzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Taiwan, Uganda, USA, and Zimbabwe. Our students also come from diverse working backgrounds such as law lecturers & faculty, firm attorneys and managers, prosecutors, NGOs, small practice and/or business founders, and journalism. 

Asian Law Center Celebrates Milestone 50th Anniversary

ALC 50th Logo

During the 2012-13 Academic Year, the Asian Law Center celebrated its bicentennial anniversary . We began with two back-to-back October conferences in Seattle and in Tokyo honoring former Asian Law Center Director Professor John O. Haley. In March, we welcomed back Professor Dan Foote for a public lecture on the saiban’in system and criminal justice reform in Japan.  In May we celebrated Professor Roy Prosterman, as well as the the 20th anniversary of the Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, with a panel discussing emerging legal challenges to inclusive development in Myanmar (Burma).

Our year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Asian Law Center culminated in a special event on June 13, 2013, at the Four Seasons Hotel. The celebration, led by Dean Kellye Y. Testy and ALC Director Jon Eddy, recognized the lifetime achievements of five of our distinguished alumni throughout Asia:

• Tasuku Matsuo M.C.L. '69
• C.J. Kim Ph.D '72
• Liu Guoyuan LL.M. '82
• Erman Rajagukguk LL.M.'84, Ph.D '88
• Tay-sheng Wang LL.M. '90, Ph.D. '92

Each of the honorees emphasized how much the faculty, staff, librarians, and their peers meant to their education and propelled them to where they are today. It reminded us, reflected Dean Testy, of the enormous influence that our faculty members have on our students' lives and, in turn, the influence our students have on our world.

Founded fifty years ago, with just one faculty member, the ALC is now an international hub of legal thinking. The impact of the program is felt around the globe, with multiple generations of graduates serving as leaders in business, government and academia.

The Law, Technology & Arts Group and the Asian Law Center Host Global IP Week

The Law, Technology & Arts Group, CASRIP, in collaboration with the Asian Law Center will host the 2013 Global IP Week from May 3-10.  Key events include: A presentation on Russian Patent Law and Practice on May 3; The IP and National Innovation Strategies in Asia-Pacific Conference on May 4, bringing together scholars from Germany, Japan, Korea, China and the United States; A lecture on patents and trade secret protection in Germany, on May 6; And a May 8 lecture on Chinese experiences and lessons in Implementing IP Strategy.  The closing event for the 2013 Global IP Week is a conference entitled "The Future of Green Technology: Policy Consideration for Obama's Second Term," organized by Professor Don S. Zang.  Scholars from China, Canada, Germany and the United States will discuss (a) the energy strategies in China, Canada, and their impacts on the United States; and (b) the role of patent law in promoting green technology.

Former Vice President of Taiwan and Human Rights Advocate, Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, to Deliver Lecture at UW on April 5

Madam Annette Lu Hsiu-lien

We were honored to host Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, Vice President of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008 and current president of Taiwan Alliance for Green 21. Madam Lu delivered a lecture entitled “A New Perspective on the Asia Pacific" at UW on Friday, April 5, at the Burke Room inside the Burke Museum.  In her talk, Madam Lu presented her proposal for resolving the military crisis over the Diaoyutai Island territory, claimed by Taiwan, Japan, and China, as well as highlight new strategies for improving foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific region.

The lecture was co-sponsored by the Asian Law Center, in honor of its 50th anniversary, and by the China Studies Program in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

Madam Lu is a writer, politician, and antinuclear activist. A graduate of National Taiwan University, University of Illinois, and Harvard University, Lu rose to prominence as the founder of feminist movement in Taiwan. Later, she became a leader in an opposition movement calling for democracy and an end to the Kuomintang authoritarian rule. On December 10, 1979, she delivered a speech at an International Human Rights Day rally (known as the “Kaohsiung Incident”), and charged with “violent sedition” and sentenced to prison by a military court. Lu was released in 1985 after 1,933 days of imprisonment. In 1993, Lu was elected as a member of Taiwan’s national parliament and in 1997 she was elected as the Magistrate of Taoyuan County. In 2000, she was elected the first female Vice President. In 2004, she was re-elected after being struck by a bullet on the eve of the election. After her retirement in 2008, Lu established the International Federation of Business and Professional Women-Taiwan. She is currently involved in two national campaigns: the “Less Meat, Less Heat” Campaign to combat climate change and a movement to halt construction of Taiwan’s 4th Nuclear Power Plant.

UW President Young Visits Asia

UW President Michael Young

UW President Michael K. Young will make his first international trip on behalf of the University.  The President’s three-city tour will begin in Taiwan March 28 and wrap up April 9 in Tokyo, with a stop in Seoul on April 3. He is looking forward to visiting with our many alumni and friends in Asia.

Festschrift Conferences in honor of Professor John Haley (Asian Law Center Director, 1974-2000))

During the 2012-13 Academic Year, the Asian Law Center will celebrate its bicentennial anniversary . We begin with two back-to-back October conferences in Seattle and in Tokyo honoring former Asian Law Center Director Professor John O. Haley.

UW School of Law and the Asian Law Center  are pleased to honor Professor Haley by bringing together distinguished scholars and Asian Law Center alumni and friends to discuss current topics in Asian law and specifically law in Japan in two Festschrift Conferences entitled “Law in Japan and its Role in Asia: Between East and West”. The first conference will take place at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, on Friday October 19, 2012. Following a keynote address by Professor Haley, distinguished Asian Law scholars from around the world will discuss the role of courts in law in Japan and elsewhere in Asia, as well as current topics in Asian law ranging from environmental law in China to corporate finance and insolvency in Japan.

The following Monday, on October 22nd, Professor Haley, joined by UW School of Law Dean Kellye Testy, Associate Dean Pat Kuszler and Asian Law Center faculty and staff Jon Eddy, Toshiko Takenaka, Clark Lombardi, Dongsheng Zang, Jonathan Kang and Mie Murazumi will participate at a second conference co-hosted with Waseda University Faculty of Law in Tokyo. At Waseda, eminent academicians and members of the judicial bench and practicing bar will further expand on the role of courts in Asia, and particularly on judicialization in Asia.

Professor Haley is one of the nation's outstanding international and comparative law scholars and is widely credited with having popularized Japanese legal studies. In 1969, Haley received a fellowship from the University of Washington and was in one of the first classes to graduate from the Asian Law Program. After working for several years in law firms in Japan, he joined the law faculty at the University of Washington, where he remained for nearly 26 years, directing the Asian and Comparative Law Program from 1974 to 2000. Professor Haley’s numerous scholarly works span issues ranging from international trade policy and comparative law to Japanese land-use law, Japanese and East Asian business transactions, and Japanese law and contemporary society. On June 19, 2012, Professor Haley was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the discipline of Japanese law and education to Japanese legal professionals and academics.

East Asian Law Library Featured in FCIL Publication

Neel Kant Agrawal, a lawyer with the UW Law Librarianship Program, has published a feature article on the East Asian Law Department (EALD) of the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library. The article reviews the rich history and the circumstances that led to the development of EALD, which is well known and highly regarded for its wide-ranging collection of legal materials on China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The EALD supports the Law School’s long-standing research interest amongst faculty, students and staff in the legal systems of East Asia, as well as supports the needs and interests of patrons from the UW community, Seattle, Washington state, regional, national, and even international constituencies seeking information about the legal systems of East Asia.

"The rich history of EALD," writes Neel, "is a clear illustration of how law libraries have adopted to the globalization of the law and legal education." As research on East Asia continues to expand, EALD is uniquely positioned to advance critical discourse and foster long-lasting relations between key legal scholars in the U.S. and East Asia.

Guest Speaker Dr. Yukyong Choe Discusses the Reforms to the Korean Legal Profession

UW Law Asian Law Center and the Center for Korea Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosted Dr. Yukyong Choe (JSD, UC Berkeley)  on februray 22, 2012, for a lecture entitled "Agencies, Roles, and Their Choices: Reform of the Korean Legal Profession from 1995 to 2007."  Dr. Choe shared from her comparative doctoral research examining the ways in which Northeast Asian countries including Japan, Korea, China, and Taiwan have adopted or considered adopting U.S.-style legal education as a revolutionary remedy to dissolve chronic problems of the pre-reform sys­tems. Especially in Korea and Japan, reform of the legal professional training system underwent a profound transformation. Yukyong Choe's research traced a wide range of agencies and stakeholders that were involved in the reform of the Korean legal professional training system from 1995 to 2007, to reveal sharper conflicts among them than in Japan. She also highlighted the growing role of Supreme Court judges as beneficiaries under the new system.

Professor Tae-Ung Baik Presents "Criminal Process in the Democratic People Republic of Korea: The Origin of Human Rights Violations"

UW Law Asian Law Center and the Center for Korea Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies hosted Professor Tae-Ung Baik from the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law on February 15, 2012, for a public lecture entitled "Criminal Process in the Democratic People Republic of Korea: The Origin of Human Rights Violations."

Dr. Baik, former Director of the Korean Legal Studies Program at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and legal advisor to the South Korean Delegation to the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, attempts to gauge the seriousness of human rights violations by looking into the criminal process in North Korea. By comparing the written law of criminal procedure to how the procedure is actually practiced, Professor Baik provides a better understanding of North Korean criminal process and human rights practice.

Steven Kim (J.D. ’00) Chosen by South Korea to Help Revamp Justice System

Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Steven Kim has been invited by the South Korean government to spend six months in Seoul teaching Korean prosecutors trial practice skills and lecturing on the American criminal justice system in anticipation of the country's adoption of a grand jury system.

Global Mondays Lecture on Law, Development, and Microtrade

On January 9, 2012, Professor Yong-Shik Lee, Director of the Law and Development Institute and Visiting Professor at Seattle University Law School, presented a lecture entitled "Microtrade as a Way for Developing Countries to Escape Poverty" as part of UW Law's Global Mondays Series. Author of Reclaiming Development in the World Trading System (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Safeguard Measures in World Trade: The Legal Analysis (Kluwer Law International, 2007), and Economic Development through World Trade: A Developing World Perspective (Kluwer Law International, 2008), Professor Lee has published widely in the areas of international trade law and economic development. His recent work has been focused on the impact that domestic and international legal systems, particularly the legal framework for international trade, has on economic development.

Trade-based economic development policies and the export-driven development strategy have been a vehicle for successful economic development and escape from poverty for some developing economies in East Asia. However, in the absence of essential factors such as political stability, organized government support, educated workforce, availability of foreign markets, and financial resources in many developing countries, it is difficult to pursue successful trade-based development policies to break the circle of poverty. Professor Lee suggests "microtrade," defined as international trade of small quantities of locally-produced products produced on a small scale, as an alternative way to provide those living in the least developed countries with income sufficient to reduce or eliminate poverty.

Dean Testy and Faculty Return from a Successful Visit to Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei

Tokyo Sept 2011 Alumni and Friends Dinner

Dean Kellye Testy, Director of the Asian Law Center Professor Jon Eddy, and Professors Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang and Clark Lombardi recently returned from a very successful trip to Asia – Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei. In addition to connecting with alumni and friends, Dean Testy and our faculty joined colleagues from our partner schools for the Second East Asian Law and Society Conference and visited top law firms in Korea and National Taiwan University.

Dean Testy observed that "the Law School's engagement with Asia is critical for our future, and this trip was a “home run” on all counts: alumni and donor engagement, academic partnerships, jobs and other opportunities for our students, and scholarly opportunities for our faculty."

Dean Testy and Faculty Present at the 2nd East Asian Law and Society Conference

Dean Testy and several Asian Law Center faculty presented on diverse topics during the 2nd East Asian Law and Society Conference which took place at Yonsei University on September 30th and October 1st, 2011. Dear Testy presented on "The Promises and Perils of Shareholder Primacy" during a plenary session on law and markets in East Asia; Prof. Eddy and Prof. Taylor addressed global efforts to promote rule of law; Prof. Lombardi presented on "Judicial Discovery of Islamic Law in Asia"; and Prof. Kang examined law and morality on Korean jurisprudence. Michelle Kwon (Ph.D. Candidate) presented a paper examining the regulatory dynamics between the Suprme Court of Korea and the Korean Commercial Arbotration Board.

Yong-suk Yoon (LL.M. '90) Discusses the Opening of Korea's Legal Services Market

Yong-suk Yoon, a Senior Partner with the Seoul based law firm of Lee & Ko and an alumnus of the LL.M. program in Asian and Comarative Law ('90), discussed in a recent interview the opening of Korea's legal services market under the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement which took effect in July 2011. Yoon, who specializes in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, commented that Korea has been preparing for this for some time. Lee & Ko, for example, has been sending lawyers to study abroad and train at top law firms in the U.S., U.K. and Japan. Korean law firms, such as Lee & Ko, are similarly expanding their services into China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Russia.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang Teaches in Fordham-SKKU's Summer Institute in International Law

Professor Kang continues to teach at the Summer Institute in International Law held jointly by Fordham University Law School and Sungkyunkwan University College of Law  in downtown Seoul, Korea. Since 2010, Prof. Kang has been teaching a course on International Business Transactions to students from several countries and law schools.

Korean Law Forum Offers Comparative Perspectives on Current Legal Topics in Korea

In January 2011, The Asian Law Center and the Visiting Scholars Program launched the inagural meeting of the Korean Law Forum. The forum meets regularly for a continuous discussion Korean Law.  Topics presented by visiting law professors and scholars to the UWLS include: Dr. Myungung Lee -- Justification for compensation legislation for the wrongly convicted; Prof. Jeawan Kim of Korea University -- Self control process in law firms to avoid conflict of interests; Prof. Daewoo Kwon  of Hanyang University -- Cooling-off rights of consumers in Korea, Germany and the U.S.;  and Prof. Dong Won Ko of Sungkyunkwan University -- The Korean experience and regulatory responses to the global financial crisis.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: The Coldest Peace -- The Current Korean Crisis in the Context of International Law

In the February 2011 installment of the Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series, guest lecturer Prof. Keun-Gwan Lee of Seoul National University School of Law explored ways for maximizing the constructive role of international law in resolving the persistence of the ‘coldest peace’ on the Korean peninsula. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Asian Law Center and the Korean Studies Program, Jackson School of International Studies.

The artillery attack on a small South Korean island (Yeongpyeong) by North Korea last November was part of the much bigger and more complicated picture known as the ‘Korean question.’ Prof. Lee's talk focused on the question of equitable maritime boundary between the two Koreas, the issue of current legal relations between them and its implications for a peace regime on the peninsula, and the lessons to be drawn from the German experience.

Dr. Keun-Gwan Lee is an Associate Professor at the School of Law, Seoul National University, teaching Public International Law, the History and Theory of International Law and the Law of the Sea, among others.  He has written extensively on wide-ranging subjects of public international law.

Prof. Kang to Present at SungKyunKwan University School of Law

Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang

On Oct. 29, 2010, Assistant Professor Jonathan Kang presented a paper entitled "Legal Confucianism" at a conference at SungKyunKwan University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. Prof. Kang will discuss history, interpretation, and perspectives on law and politics in East Asia.

Dr. Chulwoo Lee of Yonsei University Law School named the 2010-11 Garvey Schubert & Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law

Prof. Chulwoo Lee

Professor Chulwoo Lee is currently a Professor of Law at Yonsei Law School and the College of Law, Yonsei University, Korea, both partner institutions of the UW Law School. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Professor Lee specializes in Asian sociolegal studies and has written extensively in the areas of law and social theory, social history of law, and citizenship studies; he is now the chief editor of the Korean Journal of Law and Society. Dr. Lee will teach Law and Society in East Asia (Winter 2011) and team-teach Comparative Korean Law with Prof. Kang (Spring 2011). He is also scheduled to be a speaker in the Korean Law conference to be held at the Law School later in 2011.

Dr. Dong Won Ko of Sungkyunkwan University Law School to Teach as a Visiting Fulbright Professor

Dr. Dong Won Ko is a professor at Sungkyunkwan University Law School in Korea, specializing in banking and financial law. Dr. Ko holds an SJ.D. from Duke Law School and currently serves as President of the Korean Banking and Financial Law Association. Dr. Ko has been selected by the Korean-American Educational Commission to receive a highly competitive Fulbright Lecturing/Research award for 2010-2011, allowing him to teach and research at a U.S. university. Dr. Ko has opted to come to the UW Law School and will teach International Banking Law (Winter 2011) and International Financial Law (Spring 2011).

Law School Continues to Collaborate with the Constitutional Court of Korea

The Law Library at UW is widely recognized as one of the finest Korean law collections outside Korea, and continues to enjoy the support of Korean legal professionals. Chul-Yong Ha, Secretary General of the Constitutional Court of Korea, generously contributed on behalf of the Court several books to our East Asian Library Department in July 2010. The books, 11 volumes in total, include the published collections of major decisions of the Korean Constitutional Court.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang thanked the Court for its support in his recent visit, where he gave a presentation to members of the Constitutional Court of Korea.

Professor Yong Sung (Jonathan) Kang Joins Top Scholars to Discuss Asia's Growing Global Influence

In February 2010, Professor Kang joined top scholars from across the U.S. to discusse Asia’s potential to become the new global leader in the 21st century and what that may portend for human rights and economic development. The symposium entitled “The Asian Century?” was sponsored by the University of California Davis Law Review. Prof. Kang and other panelists explored how the rise of Asia may affect multinational corporations, intellectual property, human rights, gay rights, national security law and constitutional law, as well as U.S. attitudes toward Asia and how that affects the country’s relationship with Asian nations.

Jungmihn Ahn (LL.M '07 ) Joins the Faculty at Hallym University Division of Law and Public Administration

Jungmihn Ahn

Follwing her graduation from the LL.M. Program, Jungmihn Ahn (LL.M '07 ) Joined the law faculty at Hallym University Division of Law and Public Administration. Dr. Ahn's comparative research and publications focus on the regulation of telecommunications and the broadcasting indutry in the U.S., Japan and Korea.

UW Law School Hosts Korean Constitutional Court President The Hon. Kang-Kook Lee

Korean Constitutional Court President The Hon. Kang-Kook Lee with Dean Hicks and Prof. Kang

In May 2009, the UW School of Law hosted the Hon. Kang-Kook Lee, president of Korea's Constitutional Court. President Lee delivered an address on the court entitled "The Korean Constitutional Court: History & Challenges," and discussed the establishment, jurisdiction and cases handled by the Korean Constitutional Court.

The Korean Constitutional Court, established in 1988, recently hosted an International Symposium in celebration of its 20th anniversary which brought together the heads of constitutional organs of thirty countries and six regional commissions. President Lee has had a long and distinguished career in the judiciary, including serving as a Justice on the Korean Supreme Court and as the Minister of Court Administration. He has been serving as the President of the Korean Constitutional Court since 2007.

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: Legislating Equality in Korean Education: The Politics of We-Hwa-Gahm?

On May 6, 2009 (115 William H. Gates Hall, 12:30-1:20pm), Professor Ilhyung Lee from the University of Missouri School of Law examined efforts in Korea to pursue equality in the education system. The Korean Constitution provides for equality before the law. Prof. Lee encouraged an examination of the extent to which Korean law, instead of merely providing for a general anti-discrimination protection, seeks affirmatively to effect equality, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. His focus in this presentation was on efforts to effect equality in a critical and important aspect of Korean life and society -- education. In the education setting, egalitarian policies designed to level the playing field for all Koreans seem to reflect the Korean desire to avoid “incongruity” or “disharmony” resulting from unequal positions, or we-hwa-gahm. The discussion encouraged further attention to the relationship between law and societal norms in the Korean setting.

Professor Ilhyung Lee is Edward W. Hinton Professor of Law at University of Missouri School of Law, specializing in Comparative Constitutional Law, Cross-cultural Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Arbitration, and intellectual property law (Trademarks and Copyright). Professor Lee previously held positions with Cravath, Swaine & Moore (New York) and Kim & Chang (Seoul, Korea), as well as clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Law Through Global Eyes Lecture Series: An Introduction to the Electronic Financial Transaction Act of Korea and the Liability of Financial Institutes for Unauthorized Electronic Financial Transaction

On March 3, 2009, Professor Gyung –Young Jung from Sungkyunkwan University School of Law, Seoul, Korea, offered an overview of the Electronic Financial Transaction Act of Korea and discuss issues concerning the liability of financial institutes for unauthorized electronic financial transactions. Prof. Jung specializes in commercial law including corporations, insurance law, negotiable instruments, and financial law. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in law from Seoul National University. A well accomplished scholar, Professor Jung sits on several journal editorial boards, is the VP for Korea Payment & Settlement Association, is the Commissioner of the Ministry of Justice Electronic Negotiable Instrument Dispute Settlement Council and is a member of the Ministry of Justice Legislative Committee for Special Act of Commercial Law.

UW Alumna Joins Sungkyunkwan University Law School

Patricia Goedde, SKKU & Tae-Ung Baik, Korea U, at the Topics in Korean Law Conference, December 2006

Dr. Patricia Goedde (J.D. ’98, Ph.D. ‘08) has been appointed as a faculty member at Sungkyunkwan University College of Law. Sungkungkwan is a top tier private law school in Seoul with a distinguished history. Dr Goedde is one of very few female law professor  appointees in Korea. As a researcher with the Asian Law Center, Dr. Goedde co-organized, with Professor Kang and colleauges from Korea University College of Law, the center hosted Topics in Korean Law Conference in Decmber 2006. Her own doctoral dissertation examined how legal activists and citizen movement organizations develop and institutionalize public interest law practice in Korea.

Partnership with Korea University College of Law Flourishes

UWLS and KULS Topics in Korean Law Conference, December 2006

Our partnership with Korea University College of Law has been very active on all fronts: Korea University law students study annually at UW Law School since 2006, and the Center has been hosting visiting Korea University law professors including Zoonil Yi (‘06-‘07), Byung Hyun Yoo (‘07-‘08) and Young-Hwan Chung (‘08-‘09). UW Law faculty members provide editorial support for the Korea University College of Law English-language law journal, and the two institutions hosted a joint conference on Topics in Korean Law in Seattle (December 2006).

Formal Partnerships Established with Top Korean Law Schools

Dean Ho of SNU and Dean Hicks

During 2006-07 the Law School and the Asian Law Center signed collaborative agreements with top Korean law departments, including Korea University (April 2006), Seoul National University (October 2007), Sungkyunkwan University –BK 21 Project Team (April 2007), and Yeungnam University (September 2007). These partnerships will allow us to exchange faculty and students, to develop joint research and teaching, and to hold joint conferences, workshops and publications.

Supreme Court of Korea Honors Gallagher Law Library with Gift and New Arrangement

Beginning with the 2007-08 academic year, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea has designated the Gallagher Law Library as an "Overseas Contact Library," one of a privileged few in the world.  The first fruit of this enhanced relationship was a gift of 137 volumes of up-to-date books and journals on the Korean legal system, focusing especially on the judicial branch and the decisions of the Supreme Court.  Many of these materials are the only library copies in the world outside of Korea, and they should greatly enhance the field of Korean Legal Studies at the UW. 

The Supreme Court's gift adds to what is already one of the largest and best collections of Korean legal materials in North America, complementing a world-renowned Korean Studies Collection in the University of Washington Libraries.

Chang Rok Woo Awarded 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award

Dean Knight presenting Chang Rok Woo with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award

At the 2007 Alumni Recognition Banquet the Law School celebrated the accomplishments of Mr. Chang Rok Woo, who received his LL.M in Asian and Comparative Law in 1983. Dean Knight presented Mr. Woo with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni award in recognition of his civic, professional, and community service. Chang Rok Woo is the founding partner and current managing partner at Yulchon, one of the largest and fastest-growing full-service law firms in Korea. Under C.R.’s leadership Yulchon has grown to more then 140 professionals. In addition to his executive duties as managing partner, C.R. has an active tax law practice and is widely regarded as a preeminent specialist in the tax field.  In addition to being an active member and past president of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, C.R. volunteers for many educational and charitable organizations. For six years he has been the president of the University of Washington Alumni Association in Korea, and in that role, he conducted the first Korean alumni homecoming at the UW in 2001. C.R. has also led the fundraising campaign for the University’s Korea Study Center.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Chan Jin Kim (Ph.D. ’72)

Dr. CJ Kim during class at UWLS

The Law School has been privileged to host Dr. Chan Jin Kim during 2005-08; in 2007 he taught a cutting edge course on Korean Law and Economic Development at the Law School. Dr. Kim is a former National Assembly Member of the Republic of Korea, founder of a leading international legal practice, and the author of several significant books on Korean commercial law and trade. He was the first graduate of the UW Ph.D. Program in Asian and Comparative Law. His book Economic Development and Law in Korea, developed during his time at the UW Law School, was published in 2009.

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