Yong-Sung (Jonathan) Kang
Teaching abroad 2013-14, Professor Kang's teaching and research interests are in the areas of contract law and theory, international business transactions, Korean law, comparative law, and moral and legal philosophy. His scholarship seeks to explore the normative underpinnings of contractual obligations and the theoretical justifications for the regulation of contractual relationships in concrete private and/or public contexts, using insights drawn from philosophy and comparative jurisprudence.
Prior to joining the UW School of Law, Professor Kang was a visiting assistant professor at Fordham University School of Law, where he taught contracts, contract theory, and commercial transactions. Before entering academia, he worked at the law firms of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Latham & Watkins in New York, and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Boston. While in private practice, Professor Kang's work centered on commercial litigation and international arbitration matters.
Professor Kang was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Singapore. Professor Kang attended Oxford University, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Jesus College and obtained his degree with First Class Honors. A fluent speaker of Korean and a proficient speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Professor Kang is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Developments Chair of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he clerked for Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.