Past Events


Lunch Panel Discussion: Opening of the Korean Legal Market to U.S. Law Firms


With the recent entry into force of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, U.S. law firms are now permitted to open offices in South Korea. A number of U.S. firms are already rushing to be the first to arrive.

Please join the Center for Korean Legal Studies in a discussion on these developments with the law firm of McDermott Will & Emory, LLP, one of the first U.S. law firms to be actively engaged in establishing a South Korean presence. For a comparative and historical perspective, we will be joined by leading experts on the opening of the legal markets in China and Japan.

Thursday, March 29
12:10 PM – 1:10 PM
William and June Warren Hall Rm L107
Korean lunch will be served
In-Young Lee, Partner and Head of Korea Practice Group, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. Mr. Lee representsKorean financial institutions, industrial concerns and trading companies and U.S. corporations conducting business in Korea.
Jay Eizenstat, Partner and Member of Korea Practice Group, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. Mr. Eizenstat focuses on trade and WTO matters involving the interests of multinational corporations in Asia, with a particular focus on Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore.
Owen Nee, Adjunct Faculty, Columbia Law School, and Senior Counsel, Global Practice Group at the New York City and Shanghai offices of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Mr. Nee is known world-wide as a legal pioneer in China, having opened the first western law firm in the country in the 1970s.
Robert DeLaMater, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP. Mr. DeLaMater was involved with the expansion of foreign lawyer access to the legal marketplace in Japan during the 1990’s and was the partner in charge of Sullivan’s Asia practice when they opened in Beijing in 1999.
Moderated By
Joseph Harte, Deputy Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies

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Roundtable: Leadership Succession in North Korea - Regional and Global Implications

The Center for Korean Legal Studies is co-sponsoring a special roundtable discussion hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the Center for Korean Research, featuring four Korea specialists' views on recent developments in North Korea. Co-sponsored by the APEC study Center.

  • Charles Armstrong, Director, Center for Korean Research
  • Jeong-Ho Roh, Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies
  • Sue Mi Terry, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
  • Joel Wit, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute

The discussion will be moderated by Curtis Milhaupt, Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies.

Please join us Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM at William and June Warren Hall, Room 209, located on Amsterdam Avenue between 115th and 116th Streets. For more information, click here.


Korean Comfort Women Survivors' Encounter with Holocaust Survivors

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Center for Korean Legal Studies is proud to support the 2011 Impact Forum on Survivors of WWII Military Sexual Slavery. This event is part of a series of events held in tandem with similar events worldwide marking the 1000th Wednesday survivor's rally on Dec. 14, 2011.

Co-Sponsors: Northeast Asian History Foundation, Center for Korean Research, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Korean American Voter's Council
Welcoming Remarks
Elazar Barkan, SIPA Professor and Director of Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Rei Shimizu, Graduate Student, Columbia University School of Social Work
Part I: Voices of Survivors
(Holocaust & Comfort Women Survivors)
Part II: Panel Discussion
Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, Director of SIPA's
Human Rights Concentration, and Director of Columbia's Institute for the Study of Human Rights
Topic: Reparations, Restitution and Collective Guilt
Joseph Harte, Deputy Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia Law School
Topic: Recent Korean Constitutional Court ruling on the Korean Government’s efforts to address the Comfort Women issue.
Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College
Topic: Educating current and next generations regarding Holocaust and Comfort Women
Heeun Lee, grassroots organization steering committee member and co-producer of Asia Pacific Forum, a weekly radio program on Asian and Asian American culture.
Topic: Addressing the Wednesday Protests over the last 20 years (since January 1992) in terms of feminism and/or community grassroots activities/organizing
Moderator: Nancy E. Wallace, Adjunct Faculty Member, NYU Silver School of Social Work, Organizational Consultant, and NGO Main Representative to the UN for World Federation of Mental Health.
Closing Remarks
Donchan Kim, President, Korean American Voter's Council


Conference: Power Shifts in Northeast Asia

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Center for Korean Legal Studies co-sponsored an all-day conference on approaching leadership changes in Northeast Asia.  The event drew over 150 attendees, including specialists and academics, the general public and the press. Center Director Jeong-Ho Roh served as a panelist in the afternoon session on leadership changes effecting the Korean peninsula. His comments focused on the legal aspects of the North-South division in the context of leadership transition on the peninsula. He argued that before any changes in the North-South relationship can be considered, especially in terms of potential reunification, the ongoing war between North and South Korea must be legally ended. Only then can the two sides, as well as the relevant regional and international powers, pursue a truly productive dialogue. Click here for Columbia Law School Press Release.


Amb. Young-Mok Kim, Korean Consul-General to New York   Amb. Mark Minton, President, Korea Society and Former Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Seoul   Professor Jeong-Ho Roh, Director, Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia Law School


Professor Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies, Columbia University, and Director, Center for Korean Research   Center for Korean Legal Studies Visiting Scholar, Mr. Noah Kim, and Columbia Law School J.D. Candidate (3L), Mr. Peter Park


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Co-hosted by the Center for Korean Research (Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University) and the Institute for Peace Affairs (Seoul), Co-sponsored by the the Center for Korean Legal Studies (Columbia Law School),
the Korea Society, and the APEC Study Center

Room 1501 International Affairs Building
Columbia University, October 28th, 2011


8:30: Breakfast
9:00 Welcoming Remarks: Charles Armstrong, Columbia University
9:15 – 11:30 Session I: Major Powers and the Shifting Regional Balance
Chair, Charles Armstrong, Columbia University

  1. The United States and Northeast Asia (Victor Cha, Georgetown University)
  2. China and Northeast Asia (Richard Bush, Brookings Institution) )
  3. Japan and Northeast Asia (Sheila Smith, Council on Foreign Relations)
  4. Russia, Mongolia and Northeast Asia (Stephen Noerper, The Korea Society)

Discussant: Andrew Nathan, Columbia University

11:30 – 12:20 Congratulatory Address: Amb. Young-Mok Kim, Korean Consul General to New York
Keynote Speech: TBA

12:20 – 1:50 Lunch (only served to the presenters and VIP guests)

Edward Rim (Pacific Culture Foundation), introduce IPA
2:00 – 4:30 Session II: The Korean Peninsula
Chair: Ambassador Mark Minton, President, The Korea Society

  1. Korea’s Relations with the Major Powers (Jin Shin, Institute for Peace Affairs)
  2. Legal Aspects of Inter-Korean Relations (Jeong-Ho Roh, Columbia University Law School)
  3. Leadership Transition in North Korea (Sung-wook Nam, Institute for National Security Strategy)
  4. South Korean Policy toward North Korea (Yangho Hong, Ewha Woman’s University)

Discussant: Bernhard Seliger, Hanns Seidel Foundation

4:30 – 4:45 Concluding Remarks: Young Seuk Shin, Vice Chairman, Institute for Peace Affairs


New Paradigm for South-North Korean Cooperation: The Incheon-Kaesong Joint Development Zone

  • Presenter: Ahn Sang-Soo, Mayor of Incheon
  • Commentators: Donald P. Gregg (The Korea Society), Jeong-Ho Roh (Columbia University), Hyun-Yoon Shin (Yonsei University)
  • Date: June 23, 2005
  • Description: Resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue has been and remains one of the greatest priorities on the Korean peninsula. Even so, significant efforts have been made to foster a climate of cooperation and reconciliation between the two Koreas. Against this backdrop, The Incheon Free Economic Zone has been studying the feasibility of creating a Joint Development Zone with the Kaesong Industrial Zone in the North. The geographic proximity of Incheon and Kaesong, along with their complementary economic activities, presents the possibility of creating a new paradigm for future cooperation between South and North and has far-reaching implications for inter-Korean relations. Mayor Ahn Sang-soo has recently traveled to North Korea and will share his vision for this future. Ambassador Donald P. Gregg (The Korea Society), Professor Jeong-Ho Roh (Columbia Law School) and Shin Hyun-Yoon (Yonsei University) will provide commentary.

The Future of the Korea-U.S. Alliance

  • Date: March 18, 2005
  • Description: The Center for Korean Legal Studies, Columbia Law School, Weatherhead East Aisan Institute, SIPA and the Korea Society welcomed The Honorable Park Geun Hye, Chairwoman of the Grand National Party of the Republic of Korea. Honorable Park Geun Hye is the daughter of former Predient Park Chung Hee.  The subject of her lecture was the future of the Korea-U.S. Alliance.  In attendance were Ambassador Gregg and various Korean delegates.



Roundtable Series on Korea

  • Date: December 3, 2004
  • Description: Inaugural Meeting of the Roundtable Series on Korea; designed to bring together 25 eminent scholars and practitioners engaged in the study of North Korea and inter-Korea relations.
  • Pictures

Pictured here: Bruce Cumings (Center) speaks to the Inaugural meeting of the Annual
Rountable Series on Korea, 12/04. From L-R: Meredith Woo-Cumings,
Han S. Park, Bruce Cumings, Jeong-Ho Roh, Scott Snyder.

Korea Law Forum

  • March 9, 2004: Ambassador Chun Yung-woo, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, presentation of The North Korea Nuclear Issue: A South Korean Perspective. Pictures
  • Sept 29, 2003: The Honorable Jeong Se-Hyun, Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea, presentation of The Future of Inter-Korean Relations: The Current Standoff and Roadmap for Peace and Prosperity. Pictures
  • April 17, 2003: The Honorable Ban Ki Moon, Advisor for Foreign Affairs to the President (Presently Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea). Pictures
  • January 19, 2000: Minister of Justice Korea Law Forum. Pictures
  • Oct 23, 2000: Lee Tae-Sik, Deputy Executive Director, Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO) presentation of KEDO'S Experiment with North Korea: Prognosis for the Future. Pictures