Seminar: Imperfect Strategies for an Intractable Problem: An Analysis of South Korea's Policies on North Korean Human Rights


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Brown Bag Seminar by Andrew Wolman

When: Feb 6 2013 - 12:00pm until Feb 6 2013 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, Room #3012, East-West Center

For decades, North Korea has been the site of widespread and brutal human rights violations. As evidence of these violations has leaked out of North Korea’s closed society, the rest of international society has taken notice, and struggled to develop an effective response. This has been a particular policy dilemma in South Korea, where people feel strong sympathy for those suffering in the North, but other concerns such as security and unification also influence potential responses to human rights violations. While partisan differences on the issue appear to be narrowing in recent years, North Korean human rights remains a hot button issue in the South, and so far legislators have failed to pass a North Korean Human Rights Act, as exists in the United States and Japan. To a certain extent, the South Korean National Human Rights Commission has stepped into this policy vacuum by increasing its initiatives aimed at recording and publicizing North Korea abuses, although many have doubts about the effectiveness of such measures. This seminar will examine these and other initiatives by the South Korean government, and discuss the likely policy direction in the forthcoming Park administration.

Andrew Wolman is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea, where he teaches courses in international law and human rights. Previously, he worked as an Associate in the New York office of the law firm White & Case. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law and an LL.M. in Environmental Law from the George Washington University Law School.

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Name: Cynthia Wasa Nakachi
Phone: (808) 944-7439
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