Law School Report, Winter 2003
Despite numerous predictions of collapse, the North Korean system has persisted through famine and economic catastrophe. In order to determine how this system has continued to survive in the post-Cold War era, the collection of essays in "The North Korean System in the Post-Cold War Era (cover above) examines the North Korean state from political, economic, strategic, and legal perspectives. The contributors, all scholars from the U.S. and Korea, including Jeong-Ho Roh ’88, director of Columbia Law School's Center for Korean Legal Studies, use the latest research available to paint the fullest picture yet of the North Korean system in a time of great change.
The Center for Korean Legal Studies hosted its fourth annual weeklong United States trade law seminar during the summer of 2003 for members of the Korean Judicial Research Training Institute. The 2003 program was attended by 22 students and one professor and covered diverse topics in corporate governance, copyright, and international finance.
Jeong-Ho Roh ’88, the Center's director, traveled to North Korea on three occasions in his capacity as legal adviser to a multinational delegation composed of representatives from the governments of the United States, South Korea, Japan, and the European Union. These bodies were negotiating a nuclear liability protocol with North Korea related to the construction of two nuclear reactors pursuant to an agreement signed between the U.S. and North Korea in 1994. He also has been an active speaker at numerous events relating to North Korea and worked on a major publication on the North Korean political and legal system. Inside the book, The North Korean System in the Post-Cold War Era, Roh wrote a chapter titled "Making Sense of the DPRK Legal System." The book was published by Palgrave in late 2001 (book cover on right).