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 25 years. We offer: 

  • A space devoted entirely to the study of both the South and North Korean legal systems at an academic institution in the United States.
  • Courses focused on the complexities of Korean and international law, such as "Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula" and "Korean Legal System in the Global Economy."
  • Events engaging leading government practitioners and legal scholars on contemporary issues related to the Peninsula, and the region at large.
  • Visiting scholars opportunities for practitioners, and those in academia, to pursue legal research related to Korea at one of the world's top law schools for international and comparative law.
  • Resource databases to support those interested in the historic and contemporary issues related to the Korean Peninsula.

Read about us and our history. Feel free to browse through our Photo Galleries or to read about what we did in the news.

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


Upcoming Event

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
12:10 - 1:10 PM

Please join us for a special talk by Judge Chung Chang-ho of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Judge Chung came to the ICC from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he had served as a United Nations International Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber since August 2011. At the ECCC, he was a member of both the Rules and Procedure Committee and the Judicial Administration Committee. Prior to this, Judge CHUNG served six years as a high court judge, eight years as a district court judge and three years as a military judge in the Republic of Korea from 1993.

Judge Chung holds a B.A. in Law and an LL.M. in International Law from Seoul National University. He has also been a Research Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2001), as well as at the University of Hong Kong (2005).

Further details to come.

Pathways to a Peaceful Korean Peninsula: Denuclearization, Reconciliation and Cooperation now available!


Please contact Joan Wargo at jw3410@columbia.edu if you are interested in obtaining a copy. View the table of contents and contributing authors.