The Center is committed to continuing to bring visibility to issues concerning the Korean Peninsula during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our spring events were held online and can be viewed on our YouTube channel. Please visit our Events page for more information, and stay tuned for information on our fall 2020 events.

Who We Are

The Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School has been at the forefront of legal and policy research for issues regarding the Korean Peninsula in the United States for more than 25 years. We offer: 

  • A space devoted entirely to the study of both the South and North Korean legal systems
  • Courses focused on the complexities of Korean and international law
  • Events engaging leading government practitioners and legal scholars on contemporary issues related to the Peninsula and the region
  • Visiting scholars program proving opportunities for practitioners and academics to pursue legal research related to Korea at one of the world's top law schools for international and comparative law.
  • Resource databases on historic and contemporary issues related to the Korean Peninsula

Please contact us with any questions or inquiries. We look forward to hearing from you!

Center Director Jeong-Ho Ro participated in a program commemorating the start of the Korean War hosted by The Korea Society. Watch here.

CKLS Spring Online Events

East Asia’s Response to COVID-19: Legal Approaches of China, Japan, and South Korea
Friday, April 24th, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Missed it live? Watch on YouTube

The Korean War at 70
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Watch on YouTube

Implications of COVID-19 for North Korea
Thursday, April 16th | 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Missed it live? Watch on YouTube