Visiting Scholars & Research Fellows

The Center for Korean Studies regularly hosts visiting scholars and research fellows seeking to join a law school community known for its expertise in international and comparative law.

2019-20 Research Scholars

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Eun-Gi Hong is a judge in the Seoul Southern District Court. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (2019). As an adjunct research scholar, she will conduct a research on the recent Korean Supreme Court decision at the center of the Korea-Japan trade dispute and human rights in North Korean Law.



2019-20 Visiting Scholars

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Ah Young Cho is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental law at Seoul National University. From 2014-2018 she was a Research Scientist in the Oceans Law and Legal Regime Research division of the Korea Institute for Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). She holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (2019). As a visiting scholar, she will study marine environmental law and ocean policy.

Hyeok Choi

Hyeok Choi is a prosecutor in the Suwon District Prosecutor's Office. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Seoul National University. As a visiting scholar he will study the management system and regulation of weapons brokers in the United States.



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Jaeyoon Song is a judge in the Incheon District Court. He has also served as a judge in the Jeju District Court and the Busan District Court. He was a Judge Advocate Office in the Korean Army. During his time at Columbia Law School as a visiting scholar, he will conduct research on the legal system for animal protection in the United States.

Center for Korean Studies Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows Program

Every year the Center hosts a number of highly-qualified academics, professionals and post-graduates intending to carry out legal research in the United States that has a clearly defined Korea focus. Hosted scholars and fellows join a law school community that is renowned for its expertise in international and comparative law.

In the past, the Center has sponsored scholars and practitioners primarily from Korea and will continue to do so in the future. However, the Center recognizes the increasing role of Korea in the world economy, so it welcomes applications from prospective visitors from a broad range of backgrounds, experience, and geographic locations, including the U.S., Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

Applications for visiting scholar status at Columbia Law School are processed through the Office of International Programs. For purposes of Center sponsorship, the "Visiting Scholar" designation refers to academics and practitioners at mid-career to senior level status. "Research Fellow" status is open to Ph.D. candidates or recent graduates, and recent J.D. or J.D.-equivalent graduates.

Application Guideline

Formal application for the Center's Visiting Scholar or Research Fellow status begins with submitting an application to the Office of International Programs.

Please note that the International Programs application asks for faculty sponsors. If you would like the center to consider hosting you as a Visiting Scholar or Research Fellow, you must enter the name of the Center's director, Jeong-Ho Roh, in the first slot.

The remaining slots may contain other Law school faculty who would likely have an interest in your area of research (though this is not required). If the center decides to host you, we will make every effort to gain and coordinate the support of the other faculty you have listed.

It is highly recommended that you contact the Center's director with a brief self-introduction and summary of your research aims as part of the application process.

Research Topic

Your application should describe a research topic that is directly related to some aspect of Korean law and legal institutions.

These topics can be:

  • Purely domestic in nature.
  • Comparative between Korea and one or more other jurisdictions.
  • Involve issues in international law impacting Korea.
  • Involve Korea's role in the development of international standards.
  • Involve Korean legal history and philosophy.

Law School Community Involvement

Study and research at Columbia Law School in New York offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the top law faculty in the world. The opportunities range from building new and lasting relationships with fellow community members to explore new or continuing directions for intellectual development, and to take advantage of the many resources available in the New York metropolitan area.

With these resources, Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows are expected to be actively engaged in the proceedings of the center, as well as events hosted by International Programs throughout their residency. This includes regular attendance at Visiting Scholar Forums organized by International Programs, gatherings organized by the Center to share progress on your research project with other Center-sponsored scholars and fellows, and networking, career and social events.

A strong application will indicate your commitment to this involvement.