Law School Report, Winter 2005
In 2005, the center created the Korean Language and Cultural Exchange program, which matches visiting Korean scholars and J.D. students interested in improving their English/Korean language skills by discussing topics related to the laws and legal system of the United States and Korea. The initial program matched five visiting scholars with five J.D. students.
In December 2005, the center sponsored a one-day inaugural roundtable on North Korea called “Dynamics on the Korean Peninsula in the Aftermath of the U.S. Presidential Elections.” The event was made possible by funding from the Ministry of Unification of Korea.
Jeong-Ho Roh '88, Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies, contributed to a book, Inter-Korean Relations: Problems and Prospects (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004) within the chapter, “The Legal and Institutional Approach to Inter-Korean Relations.”
Jeong-Ho Roh '88 made his sixth visit to North Korea since 2002 (see pictures below) to visit the site of the nuclear power plant being constructed under the auspices of Korea Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). Work was suspended following a dispute involving North Korea's nuclear activities. Roh traveled by high-speed ship from South Korea to the site of the nuclear power plant in Kumho, North Korea. After a two-day stay, he traveled overland to Hamhung, North Korea and then to the country's capital, Pyongyang, by air. He also had a rare opportunity to visit the Pyongyang subway, which had been strictly off-limits to foreigners in the past.
The North Korean subway system makes up in opulence for what it lacks in size. Chandeliers, marble tile, and colorful murals adorn the brightly lit platforms of the Pyongyang metro.
Ever-present reminders of idealized life in North Korea are rife throughout Pyongyang. Along the wall, a mural shows the Kim Il Sung, the former North Korean leader known as "Great Leader," walks among the common workers.
Form vs. Function: Platforms and tunnels are buried deep in the earth doubling as bunkers.
Roh and colleagues pose for a photograph while work continues on a nuclear reactor that rises on the Kumho landscape.
Roh visits the rural areas of North Korea. He is pictured with a senior member of the North Korean negotiating team.