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Boo-Chan Kim Professor, Korea, 2017-18
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Professional Biography

Boo Chan Kim received his LL.B. from Seoul National University College of Law; LL.M. from Pusan National University Graduate School; and LL.D. from Pusan National University. He is presently Professor of International Law and Legal Philosophy at Jeju National University (JNU) Law School. Professor Kim has been a researcher and visiting scholar as well as a visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) Law School; Cornell University Law School most recently at the Law School of Soka University in Tokyo, Japan. He served as the Dean of Planning Affairs (2003~2005), the Director of Industry-University Cooperation Foundation (2004~2005), and the Director of the East Asian Institute at JNU (1998~2001). He served on the Planning Committee of Jeju Free International City (1998~2002), the Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Korean Government (2003~2005) and as a Legislative Supporter of Korean National Assembly (2009~2012). In addition, he served as the President of the Korean International Law Review Association (2001~2003) and the Korean Society of International Law (KSIL) in 2010; and as President of the Youngnam Association of International Law (2003~2015). He is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Committee of the Law of the Sea at the Coast Guard of Korean Government. He won a Goha Academic Prize(2004) and a Hyeonmin Academic Prize(2017) from KSIL. Professor Kim is the author of several books including Fundamentals of Legal Science (1994), New Lectures on International Law (2004), The Strategy for Internationalization of Jeju (2007), Global Governance & International Law (2011), Special Lectures on International Law (2014), The Law of the Sea and Ieodo Problem (2015). He has written many articles on International Law and Legal Philosophy in Korean and English.


Jeju National University

Focus of Study

To examine the background and trends of the humanization of international law as a kind of paradigm shift of international law focused on the changing structure of international society; that is, the impact of international human rights law on general international law to demonstrate that the influence of human rights law has not remained confined to one sector of international law and that its influence has spread to many other parts, though to varying degrees.