Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Program Hosted by the Center for Korean Legal Studies

Every year the Center hosts several academics and practitioners interested in pursuing legal research related to Korea at one of the world's top law schools for International and Comparative Law. In the past, the Center has sponsored scholars and practitioners primarily from Korea and will continue to do so in the future. However, in recognition of the increasing impact of Korean legal issues in the world economy and the growing number of legal professionals with an active need to understand the Korean legal landscape, the Center is seeking to sponsor more scholars from a broader spectrum of backgrounds, experience and geographic location.

Applications for visiting scholar status at Columbia Law School are processed through the International Programs Office. Click here for more details. For purposes of Center sponsorship, the "Visiting Scholar" designation refers to academics and practitioners at mid-career to senior level status. Note also that "Research Fellow" status is open to PhD candidates and post-J.D. equivalent graduates.

Guidelines for Application:

Please note that the new application asks for a faculty sponsor. If you would like the Center to consider supporting your application, you must enter Center Director Jeong-Ho Roh's name in the first slot. The following slots should contain other professors who may have an interest in your area of research. If you are hosted by the Center, we will make every effort to gain and coordinate the support of the other professors you have listed.

Your application should describe a research topic that is directly related to some aspect of Korean law. This can include topics that are purely domestic in nature, comparative between Korea and one or more jurisdictions, issues in international law impacting Korea, Korea's role in the development of international standards, etc.

Visiting scholars are expected to be actively engaged in the proceedings of the Center throughout their residency. This includes monthly gatherings to share progress on your research project with other Center-sponsored scholars, as well as a presentation on your research that will be open to the law school community. A strong application will express your commitment to this involvement.


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Current Visiting Scholars and Fellows


Kidae Kim
Visiting Scholar and Center Research Assistant

Mr. Kim is an Attorney (Korean Bar) and Former Public Prosecutor (LL.B., Seoul National University, 1994; Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, 1999). During his time at Columbia, Mr. Kim is developing a research agenda in comparative U.S.-Korean criminal law, including corporate and white collar crime, cybercrimes, prosecutorial investigation procedures, and the criminal trial process. He is also interested in New York City crime prevention activities and victim support programs, particularly those that involve the collaborative efforts of residents, community groups, and government agencies. He hopes to frame his research from an East Asia and Global Governance perspective, focusing on international human rights standards, the global economy, and transnational legal cooperation.


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Past Visiting Scholars

Kil Won Lee (Sept 2011 - Jan 2012)
Post-doctoral Researcher, SungKyunKwan University, Brain Korea 21 Law Program
Dr. Lee’s areas of specialization include public international law and international trade law. His research topic while at Columbia is reviewing the legal status of public international law in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. Dr. Lee is an independent research fellow. In residence Fall 2011.

Chung-Mok Chung (Spring 2006 - Fall 2006)
Professor, Department of Public Administration, College of Social Sciences, Cheongju University.
Ph.D., University of Maryland (1988); M.P.A., The Sung Kyun University (1977); B.A., Sung Kyun University (1975) 
Area of Expertise: Local Autonomy & Federalism
Research Focus: Legal Aspects of Reunification of Two Koreas From the Perspective of Local Autonomy 

Chong Ryung Jeong (Fall 2006 - Spring 2007)
District court Judge, Seoul Eastern District
Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (1999); LL.B., Seoul National University (1995)
Area of Expertise: Civil Law
Research Focus: Bankruptcy, Corporate Reorganization, Mergers and Acquisitions; Class Action, Alternative Dispute Resolution; Sentencing Guidelines

Sang Eon Kwak (Fall 2006 - Spring 2007)
Attorney, Yoon, Yang, Kim, Shin, & Yu
LL.M., New York University School of Law (2006); Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea, (2003); LL.M., Seoul National University Graduate School of Law (2001); B.A., Seoul National University (1997) 
Area of Expertise: Antitrust, Finance and Corporate Law
Research Focus: Corporate and Securities Law


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