Colloquium to Take Up Human Rights Violations in North Korea

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.