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Global Mondays Weekly Lecture Series - Legal and Diplomatic Issues in the Korean Peninsula

William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 1:20 PM

“Two Koreas and the United States”

Young-wan Song, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle

Hosted by the Korean American Law Student Association, Asian Law Center, and UW Law Global Affairs

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of South Korea–U.S. alliance. What initially began as a security alliance has, over the decades, blossomed into much more. In Particular, Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (KORUS-FTA) which entered into force in March 2012, continues to strengthen the win-win rapport of both nations. With the entry into force of the KORUS-FTA, U.S. service providing firms, including law firms, financial firms, and accounting and tax consulting firms, opened offices and began providing services in South Korea.
The U.S. and South Korea are pursuing a common policy toward denuclearization of North Korea which is based on two-track approach of deterring further aggression from the North while leaving a door open for dialogue. Although it is far from certain that North Korea would agree to abandon its nuclear programs at all, there seems to be no other option but to engage with this unruly regime to dismantle its nuclear programs. The lecture will briefly outline the legal aspects and effects of these bilateral and international efforts, focusing on sanction on North Korea imposed by the U.N. Security Council.

Song Young-wan is Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Seattle. He came to Seattle in March 2011. Mr. Song joined the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1980. Since then, he assumed various positions including overseas postings at the ROK Mission to the United Nations in New York (1987-1990), ROK Embassy in Sofia (1993-96), ROK Mission to the European Union in Brussels (1996-98), the ROK Embassy in Cairo (2000-03), and again the ROK Mission to the United Nations in New York (2005-06). From December 2006 to August 2008, he served as Director-General for International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During that period, he was mainly responsible for dealing with global issues such as international peace and security, reform of the United Nations, human rights issues, disarmament and non-proliferation, and international terrorism. Before coming to Seattle, Mr. Song served as a member of the UN Sanction Panel on North Korea established by the Security Council. Mr. Song received his Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Seoul National University in Seoul (1980) and a diploma in International Relations from l’Institut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP) in Paris, France (1985). He studied international law at Graduate Studies Program in the College of Law of the Seoul National University in Seoul from March 1980 to June 1981.