This book sets out a panoramic view of law and society studies in South Korea, considering the factors that have made this post-colonial war-torn country economically and politically successful.
The contributors examine societal and historical conditions that are reflected in - or that were shaped by - the law, through a variety of lenses; including law and development, law and politics, colonialism and gender, past wrongdoings, public interest lawyering, and judicial reform. In dismantling the historical specificity of the way in which Korea studies are universally framed, the contributions provide novel views, theories and information about South Korean law and society.
Incorporating various perspectives and methodologies, and demonstrating a finely crafted application of general theory to specific issues, this book will prove insightful to law scholars and researchers looking to widen their perspective and broaden their knowledge on law and society in Korea. Law practitioners whose practice requires knowledge of the Korean legal system will also find plenty of information in this authoritative book.
Edited by Hyunah Yang, Professor of Law, Seoul National University, Korea
Contents: Preface PART I: HISTORY AND CULTURE 1. Law and Development: The Korean Experience Dai-kwon Choi 2. The Rule of Law and Forms of Power: Theorizing the Social Foundations of the Rule of Law in South Korea and East Asia Chulwoo Lee 3. Colonialism and Patriarchy: Where the Korean Family-head (Hoju) System had been Located Hyunah Yang PART II: THEORY AND METHODOLOGICAL QUESTIONS 4. Korean Perception(s) of Pyungdeung (Equality) Ilhyung Lee 5. The Normative Phenomenon of Public Sector in Korean Society Jeong-Oh Kim 6. The Legal Development in Korea: Juridification and Proceduralization Sangdon Yi and Sung Soo Hong PART III: CRITICAL ISSUES IN LAW AND SOCIETY IN KOREA 7. The Making of Public Interest Law in South Korea via the Institutional Discourses of Minbyeon, PSPD and Gonggam Patricia Goedde 8. Recent Reforms in the Legal Profession and Legal Education Dohyun Kim 9. The Constitutionalisation of the Representative System in Korea Kuk-Woon Lee 10. Transitional Justice in Korea: Legally Coping with Past Wrongs after Democratisation Kuk Cho Index