The Center is committed to providing a space for next generation scholars and researchers on contemporary and historical issues related to the Korean Peninsula, with a focus on the law. Research fellows assist with curriculum development, teaching, mentoring students, and supporting the initiatives and priorities of the Center.
Adena Meriel ('18 SIPA) is a Research Fellow with the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. Her research interests have focused on cyber developments in both South and North Korea, North Korean domestic law, as well as policy directives for the disputed maritime Northern Limit Line. She has received dual Masters, with her first MSc. from Oxford University in the Social Sciences of the Internet (2017), and her second M.A. from Columbia University in East Asia Regional Studies, Korean Peninsula (2018).
Her Master’s theses and research have focused on assessments of internet security mechanisms in South Korea and Asia, as well as the provision of broadband to rural areas. These projects have gone on to inform policy platforms for the government, telecom companies, and think tanks in the United Kingdom as well as the United States. Her academic pursuit of Korean Studies began in Washington, D.C. where she studied and worked at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University with a double major in Asian Studies and International Affairs, as well as a minor in Korean Language.
Former CKLS Research Fellows
Henri Féron '16 was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Korean Legal Studies from 2016-2018. He helped design and execute research projects concerning the Korean nuclear crisis for the Korean Institute for National Unification (KINU), on East Asian maritime disputes for the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and on the rule of law in East Asia for the Korean Legislation Research Institute (KLRI). He also acted as a teaching assistant.
Henri earned an LL.M. Degree from Columbia Law School in 2016 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), a Ph.D. in Law from Tsinghua Law School in 2015 (Outstanding Student, First Class), as well as an LL.B. in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2009. He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in English, French, German, Mandarin, and Korean. Henri is presently a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He focuses on security and legal issues in East Asia, in particular peace and alliance treaties, sanctions, nuclear disarmament, maritime disputes, and human rights.
Wan Jun Seow '15 was a post doctoral research fellow at the Center for Korean Legal Studies from 2015-2016. At the Center, Wan Jun oversaw projects concerning East Asian maritime disputes for the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) in addition to acting as a teaching assistant and mentor/supervisor to the Center's student research assistants.
Wan Jun earned an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in 2015, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an LL.B. from the London School of Economics in 2010. She practiced law at Allen & Gledhill LLP from 2011-2014. She is a member of the New York Bar and the Singapore Bar and is fluent in English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.
Wan Jun is currently Special Assistant to the Head/Legal Office at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, she was Associate Legal Officer, Office of Legal Counsel, at the United Nations in New York.