Community Lecture: Legal Perspectives on Human Rights in North Korea

Photo: Baik Tae-UngThe 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.