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Jeong-Ho Roh
Director

Jeong-Ho Roh is a recognized expert on North and South Korean legal relations. Specializing in the development of constitutionalism and democracy in both the South and North Korean legal systems, as well as U.S. and East Asian international transactions, Roh served as Legal Advisor to the Korean Ministry of National Unification on the KEDO North Korean Light-water Reactor Project and he is a member of the Korean Ministry of Justice's New Round Legal Assistance Council. In 2004-2008, he served as Associate Professor of Law at Yonsei University in Seoul. A member of the New York Bar, Roh worked in private practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, 1988-90 (New York) and Bae, Kim & Lee, 1993-94 (Seoul). He also served as 1st Lieutenant in the Republic of Korea Army from 1990-93. As Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, he teaches Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula and Korean Legal System in the Global Economy. He holds a B.A. from  Seoul National University (1985) and a J.D. from Columbia (1988), where he was Financial Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. jr253@columbia.edu

 

  

R. Joseph Harte 
Executive Director

Joseph Harte joins the Center with over 15 years of experience working and studying in South Korea. Prior to joining the Center, he was Assistant Professor of Law at Kyung Hee University in Seoul (2007-2010), teaching courses in International Law, Human Rights Law, Global Labor Law, Comparative Jurisprudence and International Legal Research. His appointments include Research Fellow at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK), where he was the principal drafter for a set of international guidelines on the cooperation of national human rights institutions on migrant rights in Asia, Member and Special Advisor to the NHRCK delegation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, and Program Advisor for a joint NHRCK/KOICA capacity building program for officers of the Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights. He has also worked with the Supreme Court of Korea as an editorial consultant on case translations and as Assistant Editor for statutory translations at the Korea Legislation Research Institute in Seoul. As a law student, Mr. Harte received a Full Merit Scholarship (Full Tuition) in association with his background and interest in Asian legal sudies, as well as a FLAS Fellowship from the US Dept. of Education for the study of legal Korean. His current research focuses on locating Korean and East Asian Law within the framework of a globalized legal order and the impact of international cooperation on legal development in the region.

As Executive Director of the Center, Mr. Harte is developing the Center's new course Korean Legal System in the Global Economy, taught in tandem with the Center Director. He is also focusing on revitalizing the mission of the Center through progam and resource development as well as Center outreach to Korean Law specialists and programs in the US and abroad. Mr. Harte holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan (1990), a J.D. and Graduate Certificate in Advanced Studies in International Development from Michigan State University (2005) and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (2011). jharte@law.columbia.edu; rjh2134@columbia.edu