Jeong-Ho Roh

Faculty & Staff

Jeong-Ho Roh is the Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. He was Associate Professor of law at Yonsei University from 2004-2008.  He served as legal advisor to the Korean government on the KEDO North Korean Light-water Reactor Project and has visited North Korea on six occasions negotiating nuclear liability protocols for the project.  A member of the New York Bar, he worked in private practice from 1988 to 1990 in New York and in Seoul from 1993 to 1994.  He served as an officer in the Korean military at the Ministry of National Defense from 1990 to 1993. He presently teaches Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula and Korean Legal System in the Global Economy at Columbia Law School.  He holds a B.A. from Seoul National University (1985) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School (1988), where he served as editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.  He has published in topics relating to law and unification, including a 4 volume Constitutional Handbook of Korean Unification (co-editor and contributor, 2002). He has contributed numerous book chapters on inter-Korean relations and the South and North Korean legal systems including “Making Sense of the DPRK Legal System” in The North Korean System in the Post-Cold War Era (2001), “The Legal and Institutional Approach to Inter-Korean Relations” in Inter-Korean Relations: Problems and Prospects (2004), and “Historical and Legal Perspectives on Inter-Korean Relations in a Regional and Global Context” in Inter-Korean Relations and the Unification Process in Regional and Global Contexts (2014). He is co-editor of Law and Policy on Korean Unification: Analysis and Implications (2014) and Pathways to a Peaceful Korean Peninsula: Denuclearization, Reconciliation and Cooperation (2017).