Links from the Constitutional Court of South Korea

The English language site of the Constitutional Court of South Korea provides links to supreme and constitutional courts of individual countries arranged by continent.

There are also links to a few selected international tribunals and five Korean government Web sites that provide resources in English, including the Ministry of Government Legislation (Korea Law in English)

http://english.ccourt.go.kr/

Click on “Legal Links” from the homepage.

Journal: Recent Trends of Law and Regulation in Korea

The South Korean Ministry of Justice is publishing a new current awareness publication: Recent Trends of Law and Regulation in Korea. Volume 1 was released in Summer 2010. The inaugural issue includes a three page appendix of useful links to government agencies, law schools, and organizations.

Table of Contents  Vol.1, No.1 (2010)

Message from the Minister

Law and Regulation:

Enactments and Amendments of Law

Court Decisions

Introduction of the Policies of the Ministry of Justice:

Crackdown on the Distribution of Pirated Copyright Material

Establishing of Labor Relations and Strike Culture

that Respect Law s and Principles

Expert Column:

The Maturing Korean Legal Market

Immigration Information of Korea for Investors:

Information for Investment in Korea

Invest Korea:

Foreign Investment Ombudsman System

Introduction of the Korean Legal System:

Korean Legislative System and Procedures

The Constitution

Appendix:

Government Departments, Law Schools, Public Enterprises

“Korea Times” article on the new publication:

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/07/117_69455.html

Kyungpook National University Law School

South Korea’s Kyungpook National University Law School opened in March , 2009 and will specialize in IT law. It will be interesting to see if other Korean graduate level law schools also market themselves so narrowly.

Kyungpook National University Law School

http://lawschool.knu.ac.kr/english/01.htm

http://lawschool.knu.ac.kr/main/main.htm (Korean)

Online: Laws on Government Organization Restructuring Government for the Future of Korea

South Korea’s Ministry of Government Legislation has posted the following online book: “Laws on Government Organization Restructuring Government for the Future of Korea (2008 ed.)” The book includes a guide to Korea’s legislative system and procedure.

http://www.moleg.go.kr/english/notice?pstSeq=46838&pageIndex=6

The books includes the full-text of 4 statutes in English:

Government Organization Act

Act of the Establishment of the Financial Services Commission

Act on the Establishment and Operation of the Broadcasting and Communications Commission

Act on Designation and Management of Free Trade Zones

Oseo: South Korean Legal Database

Oseo is  a Korean legal database. Although it charges for its content, Oseo also provides some free content, including links to  legal forms, legal news, law libraries, databases of case law and statutes, and legal guides.  All information is available exclusively in Korean.

Oseo.com

http://www.oseo.com/

Rule of Law Index

The World Justice Forum meeting in Vienna, Austria has just released the Rule of Law Index. The Index uses numerical indicators to gauge the strength of rule of law in 35 countries, including developed and developing countries.

Here are the 4 broad criteria , with sub-categories, used to create the scores  for each country. It includes compliance with international law.

1. Accountable Government

Government powers limited by constitution

Governmental and non‐governmental checks

Accountable government officials and agents

Accountable military, police, and prison officials

Compliance with international law

 

2. Publicized and stable laws that protect fundamental rights

Laws are clear, publicized and stable

Laws protect fundamental rights

Laws protect security of the person

Laws protect security of property

3. Accessible, fair, and efficient process

Accessible process

Fair and efficient administration

 

4. Access to Justice

Impartial and accountable judicial system  

Efficient, accessible and effective judicial system

Competent and independent attorneys or representatives

Fair and efficient alternative dispute resolution

Rule of Law Index 2009

http://www.abajournal.com/files/WJP_RuleOfLawIndex.pdf

New Journal: Journal of Korean Judicature

The Supreme Court of Korea has recently published the first volume of the  “Journal of Korean Judicature.” The majority of articles are in English with additional contributions in Chinese, Japanese, French and German. Articles cover civil procedure, family law, medical law, commercial law, taxation, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and labor.  I have not found a Web site for this journal. Kamsamnida to our friends in Korea for this useful new publication.

Journal of Korean Judicature. Volume 1, 2008

Court Publications Registration Number 32-9740029000168-10

New Book: Scholarly Communication in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan

Chandos publishing recently released a new mongraph: “Scholarly Communication in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.” This work is edited by Xia Jingfeng, a reference librarian at Rutgers. It will be interesting to see if any regional repositories, open source platforms, or informal exchanges are emerging in these East Asian jursidictions.  Hat tip to the Tao Yang at Rutgers for alerting us to this interesting new title.

Summary from the Publisher’s Website:

This is one of the very few books that systematically explores the characteristics of scholarly communication outside the West. Over the last decade the advances in information technology have remodelled the foundation of scholarly communication. This book examines how countries/regions in East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) have reacted to the innovations in the conduct of research and in the exchange of ideas. It outlines the traditional systems of scholarly exchange in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, and then concentrates on the efforts of these countries/regions to provide revolutionary ways of writing, publishing, and reading of information produced by members of the academic community. It also discusses the achievements as well as challenges in the process of technology innovations, highlighting the uniqueness of practices in scholarly communication in this part of the world.

http://www.chandospublishing.com/chandos_publishing_record_detail.php?ID=163 

This is the final post from the Rocky Mountain branch of Legal Research Plus. Many thanks to our friends at the University of Denver Westminster Law Library for their help these past weeks. I look forward to joining my colleagues in Palo Alto for future postings.

Reports on Asian Legal Markets from ALB Legal News

ALB Legal News magazine has generously posted free reports on the legal market in individual Asian countries. The reports cover the outlook for the legal profession in each country, as well as specific legal sectors. In 2008, they have published reports on China, Singapore, Korea, India, Vietnam and the Philippnes.

ALB Legal News Reports http://asia.legalbusinessonline.com/reports/232/list.aspx

Journal of East Asia and International Law

The Yijun Insititute of International Law (Seoul, Korea) has published the inaugural issue of the Journal of East Asia and International Law. Articles are written in English and the editorial board includes academics from nine North American and Asian jurisdictions. This journal should help our understanding of the formation of formal and informal transnational law mechanisms in East Asia. The Current Law Journal Content Web site has already added the TOC from volume 1.

Journal of East Asia and International Law http://www.yijuninstitute.org/journal/

From the Journal Web site:

“Aims and Scope of the journal The Journal of East Asia and International Law (ISSN 1976-9229) aims to promote research and thinking of legal scholars and practitioners from both East Asia and another regions having its regional focus. The Journal is open to any international and comparative legal concerns and controversies regarding East Asian affairs. All aspects of international and comparative law applicable to East Asia will be covered by the scope of this Journal. In addition, significant developments relating to East Asia and international law will be dealt with. The Journal tries to bring those topics on the discussion table from an independent viewpoint of East Asia. The inter-regional character of the Journal is ensured by its Editorial and International Advisory Board drawn from outstanding lawyers from the countries in this region as well as from its global network.”