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


Government Departments, Law Schools, Public Enterprises

“Korea Times” article on the new publication:

Tsinghua China Law Review

We have received the inaugural  issue of Tsinghua China Law Review. Wishing Carlton Willey and the folks at Tsinghua Law School the best of luck with their new journal.

Tsinghua China Law Review

Table of Contents, Volume 1 Number1, Spring 2009

The Necessity of Codification of China’s Private International Law: A Study from the Perspective of the Historical Development of Chinese Conflicts Law

CHEN Weizuo, Tsinghua Law School

Gathering Momentum for US-China Cooperation on Climate Change

 Steve Wolfson, US Environmental Protection Agency

A Comparative Study of Lawyers’ Ethics in the US and PRC: Attorney-Client Privilege and Duty of Confidentiality  

XI Xu, Baker & McKenzie LLP

A Look at China’s Antidumping Policies and Practices  

R. Shane McNamara, UCLA School of Law

Law and Literature in the Tang Dynasty: Imperial Scholar Bai Juyi and the Concept of Panwen

Norman P. Ho, Harvard University

The Conflict and Harmony on Interpretation of
Hong Kong Basic Law

WANG Xuanwei, Tsinghua Law School

For additional information, see our earlier post on the journal

Helium Pricing

Helium is lighter than air, so a balloon filled with it will obviously keep floating upwards.  Not that it’s a publishing industry strategy, but if you look at the Consumer Price Index as the air, the cost of legal publications is a helium balloon by comparison.

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) just released its latest edition of the Price Index for Legal Publications (PDF – requires AALL membership).  The index — actually indexes, there are several publication categories, with an index for each — measures price changes since 2005, the baseline year.  One caveat to the indexes: a few categories, such as Reporters, index only 1 to 3 titles.  This makes little sense in my opinion. You wouldn’t follow IBM’s stock price and call it an “index” that represents the market.  Most categories have a sample of 30 or more titles, though, and here are some of the standout numbers in those categories:

  • Serials (including periodicals) prices have gone up 30.9% since 2005.
  • Academic periodicals (i.e. journals) alone have gone up 34.6%.
  • State and federal codes are up 16%.
  • Supplemental treatises (those kept up to date by pocket parts, supplements, revised volumes, or replacement pages) have gone up 37.7% since 2005.
  • 2007, for whatever reasons, was a particularly inflationary year.  Many of the legal publication categories had double-digit increases, and several went up over 20% in that year alone.

Meanwhile, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has looked like this since 2005:

year CPI % change
2005 195.3
2006 201.6 3.2
2007 207.3 2.8
2008 215.3 3.8

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The CPI increase is even more mellow when you remove food and energy, two of the more volatile factors, from the equation:

CPI – All items less food and energy
year CPI % change
2005 200.9
2006 205.9 2.5
2007 210.7 2.3
2008 215.56 2.3

(Source: BLS)

It’s hard to see how these increases are going to be sustainable, especially when seen against a more standard measure of inflation in the CPI.  If legal publication prices were indeed like helium balloons, they’d be closing in on the altitude where they’d burst.

The Good Guys

Paul blogged recently about CILP, the “Schooner Tuna of Legal Information Providers.”  In tough financial times, CILP took the bold step of rolling back prices.  And, they invited other publishers to follow suit.

Well, we think we should commend publishers who are following this great example.  So, we plan to share with you the names of publishers and vendors who are listening — publishers and vendors who aren’t raising their prices, or offering new flexibility and services in this trying time.  Publishers who are law librarian partners in pain.

Recently, we received the following from Gale:

An open letter to our friends in the library community

Dear Librarian,

Since joining Gale, I’ve been struck by the company-wide commitment to and partnership with libraries. Not only is it the kind of relationship any company should have with its customers, it’s also a sound business strategy. If you’re not successful, we can’t be successful.

A true partnership also means that we must work together in both good times and bad. We’ve listened carefully to suggestions from librarians and library groups about how to best support you in this economic crisis.

Our objective is simple: how can we continue to provide the greatest value that helps you serve your users with quality information? The bottom line is: we will work with you to find a way for you to maintain the same level of service at a price you can afford.

Here are some ways we will support your mission of providing uninterrupted access to valuable information.

  • We will work with you to lower your overall spend for reference information. By working individually with libraries and consortia, we’re confident we can develop custom, creative solutions to meet your unique budget challenges and provide options to reduce spending on information resources. We are prepared to be flexible and to spend time to prepare a solution that works for you. Learn more.
  • Additionally, on request, we are removing authentication on resources that support local economic development. This allows resources to be shared freely with local government, chambers of commerce and small business associations via widgets with unfettered access – increasing library visibility to legislators, the business community, and others who may be able to provide additional support for your library.
  • We’ll continue to advocate for libraries – through user awareness, free access to valuable resources, helping you find grant sources, key sponsorships of library associations and causes, library marketing, and much more. We want to help your library continue to be a vital part of your community. And we want to help you double usage of your Gale resources – reaching more users with the right information. Visit our new Power to the user site at for more.

“Power to the user, value to the library” is a core value that we live and breathe every day. I invite you to e-mail us at or call your Gale representative (800-877-GALE) to talk about how these programs can help your library remain vital during tough times.


Pat Sommers

Patrick C. Sommers

I was really struck by the reference to “removing authentication on resources that support local economic development” — that shows real heart.  And, the willingness to work with libraries on prices and a commitment to service is what we need right now.

And, kudos to World Trade Online.  We recently heard that there would be no price increase for this service in the coming year.  Thank you!

Who’s next on the Good Guys Roster?

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Call for papers: International Journal of Intelligence Ethics

Opportuinity to publish in the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics, a peer-reviewed journal.

The purpose of the International Journal of Intelligence Ethics (IJIE) is to be a primary source for multidisciplinary information and research on the role of ethics in its application to intelligence activities. The journal will focus, from both a practical and theoretical framework, on the role of ethics in the full spectrum of intelligence activities, including collection, analysis and covert action. Articles may be focused on a particular country, region or political system.  Intelligence activities from both a national security and law enforcement perspective will be covered

Papers for publication should be between 5,000 to 10,000 words, although longer submissions will be considered.  The journal follows the current Chicago Manual of Style.  Submissions should be sent to For further information on submission requirements, contact

Full details avaiable on the journal Web site:

Hat tip to the National Security Law listserv.


Legal Publishers, Growing, Growing…

The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch reports:

“The combined global markets for legal and business publishing grew 6.4% to $15.13 billion in 2007. Legal publishing continues to be the largest segment in professional publishing with revenue of $9.93 billion in 2007, up 6.9% from $9.3 billion in 2006.

The numbers come from, “Global Legal & Business Publishing 2008-2009,” a report from Simba Information, and Simba projects that sales in the legal (and business) markets will again grow in 2008, with a 5% increase to $15.89 billion.

Why the growth?

“The number of lawyers, paralegals, CPAs and accountants continues to increase, affording a steady market for publishers that supply the critical content and workflow these professionals rely on every day.”