Center for Korean Legal Studies Event
Please join us for a webinar with:
Ben Liebman, Director
Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School
Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Executive Director
Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School
Jeong-Ho Roh, Director
Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School
Adena Meriel, Research Associate
Center for Korean Legal Studies
Closely bound by travel and trade, with multiple high density urban centers, the governments of China, South Korea and Japan have each had to contend with COVID-19’s rapid spread. Yet each has taken a different approach to combating the virus and managing it at the national level. What accounts for both the different levels of preparedness and the different approaches in East Asia? What legal measures have been taken by each country? Join the Directors of the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Legal Studies, Ben Liebman, Nobuhisa Ishizuka, and Jeong-Ho Roh at Columbia Law School in a discussion on the comparative approaches, lessons, and the potential for trilateral cooperation.
About the Speakers:
Benjamin Liebman is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at the Columbia Law School. His current research focuses on Chinese tort law, Chinese criminal procedure, the impact of popular opinion and populism on the Chinese legal system, and the evolution of China’s courts and legal profession.
Professor Liebman’s recent publications include “Regulating the Visible Hand: The Institutional Implications of Chinese State Capitalism” (Oxford 2015, co-edited with Curtis M. Milhaupt); “Leniency in Chinese Criminal Law: Everyday Justice in Henan,” (Berkeley Journal of International Law 2015); “Legal Reform: China’s Law-Stability Paradox,” Daedalus (143 (2) Spring 2014); “China’s Law-Stability Paradox,” in China’s Challenges: The Road Ahead (Avery Goldstein and Jacques De Lisle, eds.) (Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2014); “Malpractice Mobs: Medical Dispute Resolution in China,” Columbia Law Review 2013; “Professionals and Populists: The Paradoxes of China’s Legal Reforms,” in China Beyond the Headlines, third edition (Timothy Weston and Lionel Jensen, eds.) (Rowman & Littlefield, July 2012); “Toward Competitive Supervision? The Media and the Courts,” China Quarterly, (Dec. 2011); and “A Return to Populist Legality? Historical Legacies and Legal Reform,” in Mao’s Invisible Hand, Elizabeth Perry and Sebastian Heilmann, eds. (Harvard University Press 2011).
Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2002, Professor Liebman was an associate in the London and Beijing offices of Sullivan & Cromwell. He also previously served as a law clerk to Justice David Souter and to Judge Sandra Lynch of the First Circuit. He is a graduate of Yale, Oxford, and Harvard Law School.
Nobuhisa Ishizuka is Executive Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School, which has been an intellectual hub between the U.S. and Japan for over 30 years. He oversees the Center’s programming and strategy and promotes scholarly exchanges between faculty and practitioners in the field. Prior to joining the Center he was a Partner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he advised on corporate and financial matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Several of his transactions have been cited by leading financial and business law publications for their innovation or as “Deals of the Year”. Mr. Ishizuka has been recognized as a leading individual in Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global, and as a leading lawyer in IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms, Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Best Lawyers in Japan. He has published in Columbia Law Review, Commercial Law Review, and other legal publications. Mr. Ishizuka has a B.A. from Columbia College and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He was a graduate research student at the University of Tokyo, where he currently teaches mergers and acquisitions. He is a member of the Board of Visitors at Columbia Law School, the Board of Visitors of Columbia College, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Association of New York. Mr. Ishizuka is a member of the New York and Washington D.C. Bars.
Jeong-Ho Roh is the Director of the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. He was Associate Professor of law at Yonsei University from 2004-2008. He served as legal advisor to the Korean government on the KEDO North Korean Light-water Reactor Project and has visited North Korea on six occasions negotiating nuclear liability protocols for the project. A member of the New York Bar, he worked in private practice from 1988 to 1990 in New York and in Seoul from 1993 to 1994. He served as an officer in the Korean military at the Ministry of National Defense from 1990 to 1993. He presently teaches Geopolitics of Law and Conflict on the Korean Peninsula and Korean Legal System in the Global Economy at Columbia Law School. He holds a B.A. from Seoul National University (1985) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School (1988), where he served as editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. He has published in topics relating to law and unification, including a 4 volume Constitutional Handbook of Korean Unification (co-editor and contributor, 2002). He has contributed numerous book chapters on inter-Korean relations and the South and North Korean legal systems including “Making Sense of the DPRK Legal System” in The North Korean System in the Post-Cold War Era (2001), “The Legal and Institutional Approach to Inter-Korean Relations” in Inter-Korean Relations: Problems and Prospects (2004), and “Historical and Legal Perspectives on Inter-Korean Relations in a Regional and Global Context” in Inter-Korean Relations and the Unification Process in Regional and Global Contexts (2014). He is co-editor of Law and Policy on Korean Unification: Analysis and Implications (2014) and Pathways to a Peaceful Korean Peninsula: Denuclearization, Reconciliation and Cooperation (2017).
Adena Meriel is a Research Fellow with the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. Her research interests have focused on cyber developments in both South and North Korea, North Korean domestic law, as well as policy directives for the disputed maritime Northern Limit Line. She has received dual Masters, with her first MSc. from Oxford University in the Social Sciences of the Internet (2017), and her second M.A. from Columbia University in East Asia Regional Studies, Korean Peninsula (2018). Her Master’s theses and research have focused on assessments of internet security mechanisms in South Korea and Asia, as well as the provision of broadband to rural areas. These projects have gone on to inform policy platforms for the government, telecom companies, and think tanks in the United Kingdom as well as the United States. Her academic pursuit of Korean Studies began in Washington, D.C. where she studied and worked at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University with a double major in Asian Studies and International Affairs, as well as a minor in Korean Language.
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