Center for Korean Legal Studies
The Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School has been at the forefront of research on Korean law in the United States for more than 20 years.
The Center for Korean Legal Studies offers:
- A space devoted entirely to the study of both the South and North Korean legal systems in the United States at an academic institution.
- Courses focused on Korean law, such as Korean Legal System in the Global Economy and Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
- Events engaging leading government practitioners and legal scholars on contemporary issues.
- Opportunities for practitioners and those in academia interested in pursuing legal research related to Korea at one of the world's top law schools for international and comparative law to participate as visiting scholars.
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"Japan at the Crossroads: The Constitutional Debate and the Korea Factor"
Professor Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut
Friday, November 17th
12:10 - 1:10 PM
Jerome Greene Hall 102 B
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street, NY, NY
Light lunch served
There are deep divisions within Japanese society over possible constitutional changes, most pressingly the redefinition of Article 9’s proscription against waging war abroad. In the mix, ideas about North and South Korea inform Japan’s debate in significant ways—not only in terms of Japan's military posture but also other critical issues such as the reach of the state and official reflection on the nation’s past history. Professor Dudden will introduce ways in which Korea continues to be a necessary foil in Japanese discussions about Japan with topics as diverse as ICBMs to surviving victims of Japan’s colonial and wartime era.
Alexis Dudden, ICAS Fellow, is professor of history at the University of Connecticut. Her work focuses on Northeast Asia’s modern history through the legacies of the Japanese empire. Her first book, Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power (2005), examines late nineteenth century Japanese efforts to legitimate the nation’s imperial project on the world stage through the country’s takeover of Korea. Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States (2008) examines mechanisms intended to settle imperial and wartime histories that instead created a political and social dynamic of coordinated remembering and intentional forgetting. Her current work, Islands, Empire, Nation: A History of Modern Japan, analyzes Japan’s contemporary territorial disputes through the changing meaning of islands broadly defined.
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