The Center for Korean Studies Community Lecture Series returns on Sunday, April 29, 2012, with a presentation by University of Hawai‘i law professor Tae-Ung Baik (백태웅) titled “Human Rights Violations in North Korea: Legal Perspectives” (북한의 인권침해와 북한법). The lecture will take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The CKS Community Lecture Series, initiated last year, is intended to present talks of especial interest to the local community beyond the UH Mānoa campus.
Dr. Baik attempts to gauge the seriousness of human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by examining the country’s criminal process. The criminal justice system and the actual criminal process in North Korea are not completely known to the world, and it is important to analyze the actual processes of the system in order to come to an accurate understanding of the human rights violations in the society. By comparing the written laws and the actual practices, 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 at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He was formerly director of the Korean Legal Studies Program at the University of British Columbia. 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.
This lecture is free and open to all. It will be presented in English with Korean translation. UH campus parking is free on Sundays, including the parking area next to the Center for Korean Studies at 1881 East-West Road. For further information, telephone (808) 956‑7041 or (808) 428‑1789.