The Center for Korean Studies spring 2012 colloquium series continues Thursday, March 15, with a presentation titled “Human Rights Violations in North Korea.” The speaker will be Prof. Tae-Ung Baik of the University Hawaii law school. The colloquium will take place in the Center’s conference room beginning at 4:00 p.m.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been portrayed in different ways in the international community, reflecting the security, humanitarian, and human rights concerns of the world. Dr. Baik attempts to gauge the seriousness of human rights violations by looking into the criminal process in the country. The criminal justice system and the actual criminal process in North Korea are not completely known to the world. Nevertheless, it is important and necessary to analyze the actual processes of the panel system for a better understanding of the human rights violations in the society. By comparing what the law stipulates as procedure to how the procedure is actually practiced, he provides an explanation of North Korean criminal procedure and human rights practice.
Tae-Ung Baik is associate professor of law in the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He was formerly assistant professor and director of the Korean Legal Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. Professor Baik graduated from the Seoul National University College of Law and earned master’s and doctoral degrees at the Notre Dame Law School. He teaches international criminal law, human rights, and Korean law. He is a member of the bar of the state of New York, worked for Human Rights Watch in New York, and served as a legal adviser in the South Korean delegation to the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. His book, Emerging Regional Human Rights Systems in Asia, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
Center for Korean Studies colloquia are free and open to all. The Center is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone (808) 956‑7041.