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Philosophy of Law

Issues examined by legal researchers and institutions essentially revolve around the question of justice, whether it be in a general or specific problem-solving sense. In this context, the search for the meaning and standard of justice may be said to be the fundamental topic of legal studies. 'Philosophy of Law' is a course that deals with such fundamental issues of law. This course will not only examine the achievements and thoughts of various legal philosophers regarding the concept of justice, but will also provide the opportunity for students to think independently and to offer their own opinions on this topic.

Korean Legal History

The field of legal history studies the developmental process of law, tracing changes from its simplest form in primitive societies to its present-day complexity, providing the basis of orderly social interaction. This subject examines the historical development of Korean legal thinking and legal consciousness. Additionally, this subject aims to deepen understanding of current Korean law by undertaking a comparative study of the process of reception of Western law by Korea, China and Japan, and the laws during the colonial period, and examining the historical significance of the developmental process of the current legal system after Independence.

Basic Study on Tax Law

From birth to death, modern people live with the preoccupation of having to pay taxes for the entirety of their lives. While tax law is at the intersection of public and private law, it forms a delicate harmony with academic studies of economics, accounting, and law. Hence, the comprehensiveness and intricacy of the tax law far exceeds that of materials from the introduction to law to the Civil Execution Act combined. This course will set the basic foundation for the tax practice before seriously delving into more complex tax world. In other words, this course is designed to teach students the basic principles of tax law.

Basic Study on Chinese Law

The first half of this course will provide an overview of the historic development of the Chinese law from the ancient times to the present, thereby setting a solid foundation to study the current Chinese legal system. The study of the current Chinese legal system will be broken down into three parts-public, private, and social laws-for the purpose of examining the distinct nature and details of the Chinese law under a socialist regime. Furthermore, students will study the Chinese legal principles organized chronologically from the ancient to the present.
Then, the second half of this course will incorporate individual presentations prepared by each student on various assigned topics along with free discussion at the end of each presentation. The topics to be presented will include: constitutional law, criminal law, and procedure law as a part of public law; property law, family law, and commercial law as a part of private law; and economic law and labor law as a part of social law, especially focusing on the Foreign Investment Enterprise Act as it relates to the investments by Korean companies.

Study on German Private Law

The Korean civil law is known to have rooted from the German and French civil laws, imported largely through the Japanese civil law. Therefore, in order to better understand the Korean civil law system, it is necessary to study the German and French civil laws. Furthermore, the German civil law possesses separate intellectual significance apart from the Japanese civil law, because while the Japanese civil law primarily referred to a draft version of the German civil law at the time of its enactment, the draft of the German civil law has evolved substantially through various amendments in its implementation process, most of which have not been reflected in the Japanese civil law.
This course will study the provisions of the German Civil Code in one of two ways, which may differ from course to course: the first way is to read through a German textbook for a general overview of how the German Civil Code is written; and the second way is to select a German thesis thereby focusing on specific topics related to the German Civil Code.
Compared with the Korean civil law, the German civil law is far more detailed in nature and the recent incorporation of laws concerning consumer protection, such as the Standardized Contract Act, the Installment Transaction Act, and the Door-to-door Sales Act, as a part of the German Civil Code further expanded the scope of substance that needs to be covered in this course.

Studies in Anglo-American Contract Law

The Anglo-American private law divides into contract law, tort law, remedies, property law, and trust and estate, which differs from the Korean private law. However, with a closer look, the contents of the Anglo-American private law actually parallels the contents of the Korean civil law, such as the law of realty and the law of obligation. Therefore, through the exploration of the Anglo-American private law, not only can a student understand and apply the Anglo-American law, but the student can also enrich one's understanding of the Korean civil law. This study in Anglo-American contract law will be carried out either by reading through a textbook that contains explanations of relevant contract laws or by analyzing important case laws in this area.

Advanced Studies in Chinese Law

In this 'Advanced Studies on the Chinese Law' course, the areas of law that are of the main focus will include constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, administrative law, labor law, and business law. Specifically, as the trade volume between South Korea and China sharply grows, the issues related to labor law and business law will be extensively covered. For each area of law, the major contents of the relevant laws, the relevant legal theories, and the cases will be covered.

Basic Theory of Public Law

This course will systematically analyze the basic theories of public law, especially focusing on the separation of powers theory as the system of checks-and-balances to harmonize powers distributed to legislative, judiciary, and executive branches of the Government, and the fundamental rights theory (the bill of rights) as means to guarantee and protect human dignity.

General Theory of Public Law

This course, which will precede more extensive and detailed courses dealing with separate topics of public law, is designed to explore and analyze the theories of public law that generally and commonly pervades throughout all areas of public law. Specifically, this course will extensively teach, via relevant literatures and precedents, the following principles that are essential in studying and understanding issues arising in the areas of the administrative law, which represents a concretized version of constitutional law: the principle of legal reservation, the equality principle, the principle of proportionality, and the principle of protecting trust. Additionally, this course will seek possible solutions to newly emerging issues concerning remedies for violation and infringement of people's rights, which cannot be answered with traditional theories due to complexity and diversification of modern administration, by examining examples and theories from Germany, the United States, England, and Japan.

General Study on Judicial System

This course will study the theories underlying the establishment of a judicial system (judiciary) as one of three constituents of the separation-of-powers principle, and it will also examine the framework and structure of more realistic judicial system implemented. Generally, the study on judicial system may be carried out either from the chronological and historical perspective, which dissects the Korean judicial system and other international judicial systems into phases of significant developments, or from the spacial and practical perspective, which surveys contemporary judicial systems of advanced, developed countries. This course will review the origin and progressive development of modern judicial systems from both perspectives. Furthermore, students will explore issues and potential improvements that can be made to the Korean judicial system by studying the implementation and development stages of modern judicial system in Korea.

Special Studies on Local Government Law

This course will promote an academic understanding of local government law as a part of special administrative law through detailed discussions of the most recent Local Government Act from the statutory constructionist perspective. Particularly, it will consider special distinctiveness of a local government by looking at the ideology of and the concept behind local government law, and constitutional guarantees and limits granted to local governments. Students will analyze theories and examples pertaining to organization, administration, finances and economy, cooperativeness and dispute resolution, and supervision of a local government, as well as special exceptions/exemptions given to metropolitan cities. The class will use lectures as the basis for additional discussions of examples, cases and disputes, whereby the ability to identify issues and decision-making skills are trained and enhanced.

Basic Studies in Constitutional Law

This course will offer an in-depth analysis of the basic concepts of a constitution. This course is designed to enhance the understanding of the Korean Constitution and improve students' critical powers of the Constitution through the survey of the constitutional principles with a special emphasis on the theory of separation of powers, and the comparative analysis of theories underlying the constitutions of other countries such as that of the United States and Germany.

Advanced Studies in Constitutional Law

Based on the knowledge of the basic theories of constitutional law acquired in the 'Basic Studies in Constitutional Law', this course will initially concentrate on studies of constitutional research methodology and constitutional adjudicative mechanism. Then it will be followed by the examination of current academic and real-world constitutional controversies concerning the basic order, the fundamental principles and rights, and the theory of government structure in light of relevant provisions of the Korean Constitution.

General Study on Theory of Constitutional Adjudication

This course will provide an extensive analysis of theories and practices of the constitutional adjudication. It will primarily focus on the theoretical background and development of the Korean Constitution and a chronological review of constitutional models of other countries, starting with the judicial review of constitutionality of a statute established by the United States Supreme Court in 19th Century. Then the course will proceed with a survey of the national judicial system of the 20th Century in Continental law legal system (popular predecessor of current constitutional courts), before finishing with an examination of present constitutional adjudicative mechanism in the 21st Century as it settled as an essential component of a modern nation. With the general theory of legal studies as the theoretical foundation of constitutional adjudicative mechanism, this course will then analyzes the birth and significance of the judicial review system in the United States, the Continental law's (French and German) recognition of constitutionality review and theoretical development thereof, the implementation of such system by Asian countries (including Korea), and presence and theoretical development and progression of the system in newly emerging nations.

Studies in Family Law

This course will provide a systematic review of family law, which, together with property law, constitutes the civil law. Primarily, students will analyze sections of the Civil Code related to the law of domestic relations and the law of succession, while identifying any legal issues concerning the family law and proposing appropriate solutions to these issues at the same time.

Advanced Studies in Family Law

While the field of family law has evolved considerably from the past when family relationships used to be mainly governed by customs, there has not been sufficient legal preparation or modification to address such changes. Hence, this course is designed to rigorously examine special issues concerning modern family relationships and family law, such as same-sex marriage, legal obligations in case of a divorce, and artificial fertilization.

Advanced Studies in Law of Contracts

Even without knowing the meaning of the motto "from status to contract", no one can deny the fact that today's society revolves around the making of contracts. Hence, this course will provide a thorough analysis of the law of contract as an important and essential aspect of the society. Specifically, major topics covered by this course will include the concept of freedom of contract, formation and performance of contractual terms, economic significance of a contract, and problems with international contracts.

Art Law

The societal interest in culture and arts is spreading as people begin to recognize the value of cultural industry and the importance of traditional Korean culture with the recent rise of the Korean cultural wave in domestic and international cultural arenas. Legal and institutional studies relating to culture and arts will undoubtedly contribute to the further advancement of the cultural industry.
The art law is not limited to the protection of arts; rather, it covers more comprehensive range of legislations and policies pertaining to investment, promotion, and management of arts. Hence, the course intends to provide students with relevant knowledge applicable to the cultural industry in the 21st Century. The major topics will include the concept of freedom of expression, assurance of the artistic freedom, insurance and guarantee (or surety) in the cultural industry, auction system, tax regulations, and artwork protection.

Sports Entertainment Law

This course is intended to cover a wide array of sports law issues affecting collegiate, amateur, Olympic, and professional athletes and organizations. Sports entertainment law has been a respected area of legal practice for decades dealing with representation of both creative "talent" and entertainment business interests. However, sports entertainment law has most notably come to the forefront of popular culture in the form of recent battles over music and video file sharing and questions about the alleged monopolistic practices of the increasingly small number of media conglomerates.

Studies in Law of Realty

This course will offer an in-depth examination of the law of realty that governs the relationship between persons and objects. While it will emphasize the right of ownership as the most fundamental real right in the law of realty, real rights granted by the way of security, especially that of uri-statutory securities, will be sufficiently discussed through critical consideration of case laws, majority of which will be confined to that of the Korean Supreme Court, due to the relatively localized nature of the law of realty.

Basic Theory on Civil Law

This course will analyze the basic principles of civil law. The objective of this course is to build a strong foundation of civil law with these basic principles through a multi-perspective study on specific aspects of the right of ownership and contract, which form two main pillars of civil law, as well as a discussion of some torts that commonly occur in everyday life. Starting with an examination of historic origins of the principles, students will conduct a comparative analysis of the basic principles of civil law in various other countries and explore potential issues regarding each principle.

Advanced Studies in Law of Torts

This course will systematically explore notable torts that are prevalent in everyday life. Because the law of torts is broadly governed only through general provisions contained in the Civil Code, the course will inevitably focus on case laws to instill more concrete and comprehensive understanding of what would otherwise be superficial provisions. Furthermore, students will discuss the emerging issue of equitable compensation based on recent researches in law and economics.

Comparative Studies in Private Law

It would be safe to assume that the Korean legal system is a direct importation of a foreign legal system in Europe. Accordingly, knowing the origin of the Korean legal system is crucial for proper and accurate understanding of the Korean civil law. This course will first review the basics of comparative law before introducing legal systems of various other countries. While the primary emphasis will be on the Continental law, which the Korean legal system is based on, there will also be an adequate study of the Anglo-American law for comparative purposes.

General Theory of Private Law

The purpose of this course is to promote students' understanding of the fundamental principles that form the core of private law, including contracts, right of ownership, and tort. The course will necessarily be conducted in a comparative manner for the purpose of providing more accurate and complete understanding because the principles of the Korean private law were mostly inherited from that of other countries.

Studies in Law of Obligations

This course will systematically examine credit relationships arising in connection with a contract. While this course will cover formation, modification, and termination of a credit relationship, the main focus will be given to legal disputes in credit relations, in other words, conflicts due to non-performance of credit obligations. Additionally, as an extension of the study on legal disputes, students will look at the international character of credit relations through a comparative study of claims of non-performance and credit guarantees under the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”).

Study on the Economic Criminal Law

This course will provide a general overview of the Korean Criminal Code pertaining to economic activities. It will consider interrelationship between criminal regulation and economic logic behind legal issues arising from pertinent economic activities including corporate crimes, securities crimes, currency crimes, intellectual property crimes, tax crimes, in hopes of finding solutions to these issues.

Theory of Intent

This course aims to promote students' understanding of the theory of intent as a step toward establishing a criminal legal liability, thereby exploring attributes of intent, elements of intent and levels of intent required for various forms of crimes. A study on attributes of intent will look at general and specific intent and a study on elements of intent will examine the matters of recognition and motive. Additionally, this course will cover the theory of intent associated with attempted crimes, accomplice liability, crimes of omission, and the topic of the error juris.

International Criminal Law

This course is designed for students with basic understanding and knowledge of criminal law. This course will examine the judicial structure of and theories underlying international criminal law, which directly imposes criminal liability on an individual for a violation of international law, and case laws relating to international crimes to the extent necessary. The primary emphasis of the course will be put on the Roman Statute of the International Criminal Court, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002, and the Act on the Punishment of Crimes within the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, which passed the Korean National Assembly in December 2007.

Theory of Comparative Criminal Law

This course is designed for students with basic understanding and knowledge of criminal law. This course will introduce criminal laws of various other countries and discuss problems associated with the Korean criminal law in light of these foreign criminal laws. The objective of this course is to find a way to improve the Korean criminal justice system through constructive criticisms of rules and provisions that are unique to the Korean Criminal Code, at the same time, providing a deeper understanding of criminal law in general.

Theory of Sentencing

Defendants' dissatisfaction with the deviations in sentencing that eventually leads to the distrust of the entire justice system is not an isolated problem in Korea; rather, the problem still exists in many countries around the world and is more widespread than many people realize. For this reason, the Sentencing Committee was instituted in April 2007 as a part of the judicial reform. However, the implementation of a new sentencing guideline scheme is still strongly desired, which will establish a rather rigid sentencing chart that would classify and outline various sentencing factors on horizontal and vertical axes and allow more definite prescription of prison terms based on a point in the chart where two axes cross. This scheme will bind judges to conform to a fixed standard prescribed by this sentencing chart, and provide a firm basis for an appeal for a defendant if a judge's sentencing deviates from an allowable limits of prison terms defined in the chart. While there are protestors of this scheme, who insists that this scheme infringes upon the sentencing authority of judiciary branch thereby conflicting with the theory of separation of powers, a new less-discretionary sentencing guideline scheme is necessary in a country like Korea where the range of sentencing deviation is simply too large. This Korean-style sentencing guideline is imperative to make its criminal justice system fair and equitable.
This course will discuss all the matters relating to the theory and practice of sentencing. The theory of sentencing will look at and discuss the standards for sentencing and theories underlying these standards, examining fundamental problems of sentencing within the process. The practice of sentencing will focus on the comparative analysis of sentencing guidelines and standards of other countries. The objective of this course is to crystallize the best model of sentencing guideline scheme tailored specifically for the Korean criminal justice system.

Theory of Responsibility

This course is designed to promote students' understanding of the theory of responsibility as a step toward establishing criminal legal liability, thereby exploring the theory of responsibility, elements of responsibility and assessment of responsibility for various forms of crimes. A study on the theory of responsibility will look at subject and objective component of responsibility, and a study on elements of responsibility will examine the topics of intent, insanity, knowledge (and mistake) of law and illegality of the conduct, and other defenses to culpable conducts. Additionally, this course will deal with the relationship between responsibility and prevention, along with the study of the theory of responsibility associated with attempted crimes, accomplice liability, crimes of omission.

Basic Studies in Criminal Law

This course will study the general principles of criminal law, such as the concept of a crime and the theory of punishment, and relevant issues pertaining to constitutional limitations on punishment in light of human rights of the accused. Furthermore, it will systematically examine the three requisites for the establishment of criminal liability-components of a crime, illegality of a crime, and responsibility of a crime. Based on the basic understanding of the criminal justice system, students will then select specific types of crimes and analyze elements of each crime, through which they will gain familiarity with the system of evaluating punishability of each crime. In sum, this course intends to equip students with the skill to identify culpable conducts and legal consequences thereof.

Advanced Studies in Criminal Law

This course will identify and discuss each individual controversy involving general and special provisions of the Criminal Code based on the general principles mastered in the 'Basic Studies in Criminal Law'. Through a comprehensive analysis of theories and precedents, students will engage in a search for developmental directions that the Korean criminal justice system needs to take in order to adapt to the legal reality of modern society.

Study of Criminal Cases

This course is designed for students with basic understanding and knowledge of criminal law. It aims to provide students with deeper theoretical understanding of criminal law along with more practical problem-solving skills through application of the theories of criminal law contained in general and special provisions of the Criminal Code to the facts of actual cases adjudicated. Hence, students will study landmark cases in each major topic of criminal law and analyze the requisites for and legal issues in establishing criminal liability according to the facts presented in each case. In the end, the course aims to improve students' analytical skills through interpretation and application of theories and legal provisions in various real-world criminal settings.

Basic Studies in Criminal Procedure

This course will analyze early criminal court cases, based on the theories of criminal law, and facilitate discussion on how to improve the rules of criminal procedure and applicable precedents in a way that is consistent with the legislative purpose and legal realities of today's society.

dvanced Studies in Criminal Procedure

This course is designed for students with basic understanding and knowledge of criminal procedure. It aims to provide students with deeper understanding of criminal procedure along with more practical problem-solving skills through application of the rules of criminal procedure to the actual criminal cases. Hence, students will study landmark cases in criminal procedure and analyze legal issues in bringing a criminal action. In the end, the course aims to improve students' practical litigation skills through interpretation and application of theories and legal provisions in various real-world criminal settings.

Basic Studies in Criminal Procedure Cases

This course will analyze the precedents on criminal procedures based on the theories of criminal procedure in order to resolve the inevitable conflict between the reality of and legislation on criminal procedures in carrying out a criminal action. At the same time, students will explore possible future legal developments in the area of criminal procedure through discussions on topics such as discovery of the actual truth, which is the purpose of criminal action, compliance with the criminal procedure, and protection of suspects, offenders, and victims of a criminal action.

Victimology

Victimology studies the protection of a victim and his or her rights under the criminal procedure. The major topics of this course will include the history and significance of victimology, issues in victimology, and securing and protecting the status of victims. In the past, the protection of victims in criminal law has been neglected in favor of an emphasis on the protection of an offender's human rights. However, these victims, having been directly involved in a crime, also deserves the similar protection of human rights and human dignity that are guaranteed under the Constitution. But in reality, a victim of a crime suffers secondary and tertiary physical, psychological, and economic damages because of inadequate policies and iniquitous practices by people in charge of criminal justice system. Fortunately, there has been an increased attention paid toward to the issue of victim protection by the police and prosecutor's office helping to facilitate many research studies on this subject.
This course will focus primarily on the causation of criminal damages on victims, types of victims, and policies to protect and support victims. Furthermore, this course, through active discussions and presentations by students, intends to search for means to incorporate victim protection policies and the concept of restorative justice, which emphasizes voluntary reconciliation between an offender and a victim, into criminal law in the context of legal theories.

Theory of Disciplinary Measures of Security

Disciplinary measures of security are criminal sanctions designed to replace or supplement ordinary criminal punishments because an offender possesses unusual traits and dangerous characteristics that make returning the offender back to the society after punishment, deterring additional crime by the offender, or achieving other purposes of punishment impossible. While punishments are typically imposed in the context of restitution, which chastises the past conducts and redresses the wrongdoing on the basis of social ethics, disciplinary measures of security are given for the preventative purpose, which are purely used to deter offenders from engaging in illegal acts. While the Government aims to deter and prevent crimes by persons with a high risk of committing an offense through the imposition of disciplinary measures of security, it nonetheless takes away or at least severely restrict the liberty of people just as it does with ordinary punishments. Therefore, a clear boundary or limit on the police power of the Government on the use of the disciplinary measures of security must be drawn. This course will explore legal and social justifications and possible improvements for disciplinary measures of security.

Study on Juvenile Criminal Law

The Korean juvenile criminal law is based on the principle of protective disposition, which emphasizes protecting and guiding juveniles into the right path. Thus, this principle of protective disposition as applied to juvenile delinquencies seeks to foster sound and healthy development of young adults, who might possess anti-social characteristics, through special lenient treatments for juvenile offenders, except for juvenile offenders between the ages of 14 and 20 who have committed serious crimes that require imprisonments. Reflecting upon that purpose, the juvenile criminal law has gone through four major amendments, which diversified protective dispositions available to juvenile offenders and supplemented juvenile delinquency procedural rules while introducing the concept of due process. Still, the Korean criminal justice system has received pessimistic responses to the question of whether current juvenile criminal law and related juvenile restrictive policies are truly adequate to address juvenile protection in this country.
This course will provide a general overview of the juvenile offenses and the interpretation of juvenile criminal law and related regulations. Furthermore, through the identification and discussion of problems in the current juvenile justice system, students will enhance their ability to propose optimal government policies that can address these problems.

Theory of Punishment

This course will study various types of punishments and disciplinary measures of security, including fundamental criminal sanctions such as capital punishment, custodial punishment, and pecuniary punishment, and various systems of deferrals such as deferred sentencing and suspended sentence, along with any social sanctions that accompany the deferrals. More specifically, the agenda of this course includes 9 types of punishments (death penalty, imprisonment with and without labor, disqualification, suspended qualification, penalties, fines, detention, and forfeiture), suspension system (suspended indictment, deferred sentencing, suspended sentence), social sanctions associated with the suspension system (probation, community service, and attendance center order), conditional release systems (parole, provisional discharge), medical treatment and custody, protective disposition of juveniles, and new criminal sanctions that are currently in the introductory phase of implementation such as house arrest, curfew order, payment order, and reparation order.

Criminal Legal Aid System

This course is designed for students with basic understanding and knowledge of criminal law. Students will conduct a comparative analysis of substantive criminal laws of other countries like Germany, Japan, and the United States. This will provide a basis for potential amendments to the Korean Criminal Code and become a foundation for research projects associated with the Korean criminal law. The purpose of this course is to gather knowledge of criminal codes of various other countries and to understand how international legal scholars and foreign criminal courts interpret them so that students can correctly interpret the Korean Criminal Code in similar legal settings.

Basic Studies in Criminal Policy

In this course, students will pursue more realistic understanding of and possible countermeasures for crimes in today's society based on the knowledge of criminal policies learned in the lower-level courses. Also, students will explore possible areas of improvements and developmental directions for the Korean criminology and the Korean criminal justice policy through a comparative analysis of criminology of other countries.

Special Studies in Criminal Policy

The study in criminal policy seeks to establish crime-prevention policies based on theories and empirical researches on causes for, natures of, and countermeasures against various crimes. Hence, this course will examine the basic theories and empirical researches in criminal policy to instruct students with the most recent trends in criminology and teach effective countermeasures against each type of crimes, thereby providing students with the knowledge necessary to become experts in the area of criminal policy. In other words, students will analyze each type of crimes and offer rational countermeasures to prevent them according to the causes and conditions identified for each criminal conduct.

Study on Antitrust Law

This course will explore the antitrust law, which consists of two prominent laws on competition--regulations on fair trades and monopolistic competition, and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. Particularly, students will examine strict restrictions on the concentration of conglomerate (chaebul) economic powers and study common practices of unfair trades carried out by companies from a comparative legal perspective. Finally, this course will deal with problems of standardization of international antitrust regulations.

Emerging Issues of Business Law

Based on the general understanding of business law acquired in the undergraduate courses, this course will rigorously examine emerging issues and controversies of business law in today's economic reality from a comparative legal perspective.

Case Studies in Insurance Law

This course will promote the understanding of insurance contracts from a legal perspective through an examination of the recent Supreme Court cases. Students will conduct a comparative analysis to explore various amended regulations of insurance law since 1992 based on these Supreme Court precedents. Additionally, this course will look at the oversight regulations of insurance industry.

Basic Studies in Commercial Law

This course will introduce the basic theory of commercial law, providing students with general understanding of how the legal principles of commercial law regarding various structures and systems of a business apply in real-life transactions. Since this will be students' first course on commercial law, the main objective of this course is to build a firm foundation of commercial law for later commercial law courses.

Studies in Consumer Law

Current studies on the legal principles of consumer protection have made considerable progress in terms of its scope and concreteness. This course will analyze regulations on standardized contracts, consumer credit, and trade practices from a comparative legal point of view. It will also take a comprehensive look at systems of consumer law and relevant precedents of other advanced countries from procedural and substantive perspectives.

The Securities Exchange Act

The Securities and Exchange Act is the fundamental regulation for transactions of marketable and negotiable securities. In the spirit of investor protection, the Act consists of two primary legal institutional mechanisms: one mechanism that allows investors to calculate the true value of marketable and negotiable securities purchased, and another mechanism that standardizes methods of transaction and regulates conducts of investors in a securities market.

Intellectual Property Law

Scientific technology is rapidly developing these days, and information technology (IT), nanotechnology (NT) and biotechnology (BT) are the most representative areas of the development.
The protection of such developed technologies as intellectual property assets is essential and vital for sustainable development in these areas. This course will promote the skill to resolve various intellectual property (IP) disputes in these hi-tech fields, with a special emphasis on disputes concerning intellectual property of IT such as trademarks, patents, copyrights, and patents of NT and BT. Hence, students will acquire the skills and capability to cope with and resolve current and future IP disputes through this course.

Case Studies in Patent Law

Based on recent business trends, patents have become one of the major assets for companies. This course will look at IP disputes, focusing primarily on various patent infringement cases. Through this course, students will conduct an extensive analysis of the basic theories and key regulations of patent law and train their practical skills to resolve various important patent disputes.

Case Studies in Corporation Law

Corporate law, which regulates structure, operation, and business activities of a corporation possessing the character of collective law, pertains primarily to joint enterprises. This course will enhance the knowledge and understanding of corporate law, which forms the main area of commercial law, with an examination of relevant precedents. Students will study major issues of corporate law and conduct a comparative analysis between the progressive legislation of the United States and the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG).

Case Studies in Corporation Law

This course will deepen the knowledge and understanding of corporate law, which forms the main area of commercial law, with more detailed examination of precedents in the field of corporate law. Students will study main issues of corporate law and conduct a comparative analysis between the progressive legislation of the United States and the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG).

Comparative Studies in Administrative Law

This course will explore the implications and impacts that administrative laws of advanced countries have had on the Korean administrative law by comparing theories and precedents in countries like Germany, France, U.S., and Japan. Students will study standards and methodologies of modern administration and legal mechanisms employed by these countries from a comparative administrative perspective, while searching for proper developmental directions of the Korean administrative law.

Information and Communication Law

Information and communication law is quickly developing into a major topic and concern of modern jurisprudence because of the rapid advancement of information and communication technology. Hence, this course aims to enhance students' comprehension of several newly enacted legislations in this area, such as the Communications Act, the Private Information Protection Act, and the internet laws, through the reading of foreign literatures and texts in this field.

Case Study on Special Administrative Law

Administrative law consists of general administrative law, which corresponds to the basic theories and principles of administrative law, and special administrative law, which pertains to area-specific administrative law. Hence, in order to give detailed consideration to a case regarding administrative law, it is necessary to review theoretical accuracy of the case based on various legal theories and statutes in each individual area of special administrative law, such as the Building Act, the Police Act, the Local Government Act, environmental law, land administration law, and the National Land Planning Act. Therefore, this course will conduct an empirical comparative study on selected cases and related precedents in each area of special administrative law.

Theory on Administrative Process and Public Law

This course will consider public law for the administrative process in the context of the general theory of administrative law to familiarize students with methodology and theoretical state of modern administration regarding legal restrictions on administrative process. Subsequent to the study on standards and methods of legal restrictions on administrative process, students will inquire into the legal mechanism of administrative process based on precedents and theories of administrative law, thereby learning how the principles of administrative law are actually realized. Additionally, this course will consider the significance, sources of law, and basic principles of administrative law as it pertains to the general theory of administrative law, and further investigate administrative issues on state indemnity, administrative procedure, and administrative legal relations as well as theories on administrative action, as a part of the general principle of administrative law.

Advanced Studies in Administrative Law

In light of the complex nature of modern administration and diversification of administrative actions, this course will break away from the traditional theory of administrative action and consider atypical, non-traditional administrative actions, such as administrative planning, administrative guidance, and administrative contract with a reference to examples of similar legislation in Germany. Moreover, this course will examine possible introduction of different types of administrative court proceedings and their remedies in light of the government's infringement on citizens' rights and interests through these atypical, non-traditional administrative actions.

Case Studies in Administrative Law

This course will conduct an in-depth analysis of key precedents in administrative law and inquire into the principles of administrative law that have been realized through these administrative litigations. This course will proceed with a case-oriented approach that will analyze cases not only in general administrative law, but also in specific areas of special administrative law.

Telecommunication Administrative law

The information-and-communication administration has recently emerged as a big issue in today's information society, within which telecommunication law is of great importance. Hence, this course studies policies and the legal system that regulate telecommunication administration. Major topics of this course include deregulation of the Korean telecommunication industry due to the privatization of communications market, changes in communication environment due to convergence of telecommunication and broadcasting businesses, basic regulatory schemes for telecommunication operators, telecommunication services, universal services system, and mutual access system, as well as specific regulations for pricing, access, competition, and consumer protection.
Furthermore, the course will also look into telecommunication dispute resolution system, the functions of the telecommunication regulatory agency. Finally, students will explore the issues of frequency allocation and phone number designation as special discussion topics.

Studies in Environmental Law

This course will examine how current environmental law is legally responding to the question of environmental protection, which is a fateful task for modern countries around the world, from both theoretical and practical point of view. Furthermore, this course will explore possible legislative means to improve environmental legal systems through an analysis of legal problems arising from environmental pollution and the enforcement of environmental restrictions/regulations. Compared with traditional law school courses that are based on statutory construction and topical severance, this study employs a legal and political analysis utilizing a multidisciplinary approach through which students can acquire more detailed and realistic understanding of environmental law and familiarity with various issues concerning environmental problems.

Study on International Labor Law

This course is designed to provide students with deeper understanding of basic theories of international labor law using recent publications articulating new trends in modern international labor law. This course will primarily consist of seminar-type classes in which students will discuss treaties of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and disputes handled by ILO. Throughout this course, principles applicable to international labor law will be derived from both the perspective of an international human rights advocate who views labor rights as a part of human rights and from the perspective of an economist according to the theory of supply-and-demand as applied to labor.

Basic Study on International Law

This course is designed to provide students with deeper understanding of basic theories of international law using recent publications articulating new trends in modern international law. Unlike the Korean legal system, where it has a centralized legal enforcement agency and a decision-making tribunal, the international society has yet to establish similar agencies or institutions. Therefore, international law possesses various characteristics that are different from national and local laws. In this era of internationalization and globalization, it would be difficult to adapt to rapidly changing global trends without sufficient and broad knowledge and understanding of international law.
This course will provide legal understanding of the basic structure of international public law. The main topics will include the legislative process of international law, which is quite different from that of national and local laws, legal personality of international law, and the principles of national sovereignty under international law concerning the recognition of a state and a government, succession of a state, and responsibility of a state. Students will be provided with basic theoretical knowledge of each areas of international law such as international commercial law, international human rights law, international environmental law, and international institutional law.

International Dispute Resolution

This course seeks to enhance students' understanding of the theories in international dispute resolution using recent publications articulating new legal trends in modern international law. As of 2007, Korea has entered into 1,866 treaties and it is entering into approximately 45 new treaties every year. Because these treaties have same force and effect of national legislations, not only would treaties be incorporated into domestic legal system, but new treaties frequently lead to an enactment of a new statute or an amendment of an existing statute. Hence, in this era of internationalization and globalization, international law is becoming more and more prominent in the international dispute resolution. This course will primarily look at the examples of important international treaties and relevant national legislations corresponding to those treaties.

Studies in International Human Rights Law

This course seeks to enhance students' understanding of the international human rights law using recent publications articulating new legal trends in modern international law. The international human rights law has emerged as an important area of international law. This course will focus on three aspects: first, it will study the source of international human rights law; second, it will explore agents for creating and enforcing international human rights law such as the United Nations Human Rights Council and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that fill the political space between international organizations and sovereign states; and finally, it will examine universalism, cultural relativism, and different opinions on human rights in light of complex international relations.

Seminar on International Environmental Law

This course is designed to promote students' understanding of the international environmental law as a key ingredient in dealing with worldwide environmental issues. Korea has entered into more than 40 multilateral environmental treaties, many of which have been incorporated into national statutes. Thus, international environmental law has a close connection with the Korean legal system. For instance, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substance that Deplete the Ozone Layer became the legal basis for the enactment of the Act on Control etc. of Manufacture of Specific Substances for the protection of the Ozone Layer in Korea, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have had a great impact on the Korean industries. In this course, students will be able to develop proper understanding of traditional and modern international environmental law through exploration of the history and development of international environmental law and the basic legal principles and regulations established to achieve the global environmental theme of "sustainable development".

International Economic Law

This course aims to equip students with professional working knowledge of international economic law through an examination of basic theories and real-world examples. The primary objective of this course is to study the function and role of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and understand principles underlying the operation of GATT/WTO and details of treaties and agreements. Furthermore, students will examine, by looking at various examples of international commercial disputes involving Korea as a party, means to prevent an international commercial dispute through strict compliance with WTO regulations and search for an effective legal and economic response in hypothetical commercial disputes. This course will seek to plant interest and motivation in students to represent Korea and its national interest in the international commercial disputes and provide necessary working knowledge and skills so that students can develop into an expert in the field of international economic law.

Studies in Law of International Transaction

This course will comprehensively deal with laws and regulations concerning international transactions and resolution of disputes arising in connection with those transactions. The knowledge and understanding of international transaction law are essential for developing students' ability to take initiative of international transactions in today's age of globalization. This course will explore details of how international transaction law forms and develops through either multilateral conventions or the Model Law followed by ratification of these international agreements by each participating country.

International Dispute Settlement 2

This course is a continuation of the first course on the international dispute resolution and further attempts to improve students' understanding of the theories in international dispute resolution. As an extension of the case study of international dispute resolution, this course will examine whether and how international treaties and domestic laws co-exist and conflict with each other, and discuss problems arising in connection with signing of a treaty, such as interpretation of provisions of a treaty, and analyze the scope of state sovereignty and jurisdiction concerning the applicability of these treaties as well as conflicts of law between international and national laws within and outside the juridsiction of a sovereign state. Finally, this course will also study instances of regional and economic integration and its impact on international law.

Studies in Labor Organizations Law

This course will explore the law of labor organizations, which constitutes one of two major areas of labor law along with the law of labor protection. In the first half of the course, the study will try to clarify the academic identity of labor law based on Sinzheimer's theory of collective agreements, and will compare the principles of labor organizations law and labor protection law. Additionally, a comparative analysis of theories of labor law as well as legal and political measures to resolve labor disputes in countries with (Korea, Germany, Japan) and without (England, U.S.) the constitutional guarantee of labor rights will be conducted. The major topics of the second half of the course will include the significance and requisite conditions for creating a labor union, collective bargaining and collective agreements, the mediation system of labor disputes, the Labor Relations Commission, the Tripartite Commission of Labor, Management, and Government, and flexibility of the labor market and its impact on labor organizations law as a whole. The objective of this course is to equip students with the ability to resolve labor disputes with thorough understanding of characteristics, principles, history, and basic concepts of labor law.

Study on Special Issues in Labor Law

This course will examine special issues in the area of labor law accompanied by recent political, economic, and social changes in today's society.

Study on Basic Theory of Labor Law

This course will examine the basic principles and concepts of labor law along with the discussion of emerging issues of labor law. Since this study applies an inductive approach, students will have to pay special attention to real-world examples and precedents concerning labor law in each class. This course consists of following topical stages. First, students will look into the principles of labor law through a comparison with the principles of contemporary civil law and an analysis of labor lawmaking processes in key countries including Korea. Second, students will study various discussions and discourses pertaining to the age of industrialism and neoliberal globalization, which embodies fundamentals and mechanisms that will revolutionize the field of labor law hereafter. Third, this course will review emerging issues in particular areas of labor law (concept of a worker, more specifically the concept of dependent self-employed; collective bargaining; governance and limits of collective agreements; the question of legitimacy of labor disputes; issues within the Labor Relations Commission and the Tripartite Commission of Labor, Management, and Government) and contentious issues for temporary workers (flexibility of the labor market; discrimination and an equal treatment of temporary workers; renewal expectation of employment contracts; terms and conditions of employment contracts). Finally, laws and principles applicable to labor disputes (and resolution of disputes thereafter through an administrative agency like the Tripartite Commission) will be covered. Overall, the objective of this course is to enhance the understanding of the nature and essence of various labor disputes and to train students' ability to perceive effective legal solutions for those disputes.

Case Study in Labor Law

This course will study the legal system pertaining to labor law, paying a close attention to the principles of labor law and interpretations of labor law through an examination of disputed landmark case laws in labor law. The purpose of this course is to enhance students' understanding of precedents and their ability to apply them in various real-world proceedings.

Case Study in Labor Organizations Law

This course will examine important precedents in the field of labor organizations law. The first half of the course will provide an outline of the reality of labor law and the transition and transformation of labor law throughout history, followed by a closer look at contentious cases in the areas of labor organizations law and labor protection law. Topics include the basic principles of the Labor Standards Act and the issues of labor law pertaining to employment contracts, the rules of employment, wages, retirement and severance payments, incentives, working hours and vacations, promotions, suspensions, and discharge of an employee, employment subsequent to a transfer, merger, and acquisition of a business, the significance and requisite conditions for creating a labor union, collective bargaining and collective agreements, the mediation system of labor disputes, the Labor Relations Commission, and other relevant current issues of labor law. Finally, students will study theoretical shifts in judicial opinions before and after major watersheds in 1987 and 1998 and explore problems arising in connection with the status of workers of temporary positions.

Studies in Labor Protection Law

This course will explore the law of labor protection, which constitutes one of two major areas of labor law along with the labor organizations law. In the first half of the course, the study will try to clarify the academic identity of labor law based on Sinzheimer's theory of subordinate labor, and will compare the principles of labor protection law and labor organizations law. Additionally, there will be a comparative analysis of theories of labor law as well as legal and political measures to resolve labor disputes in countries with (Korea, Germany, Japan) and without (England, U.S.) the constitutional guarantee of labor rights. The major topics of the second half of the course will include the basic principles of the Labor Standards Act and the issues of labor law pertaining to employment contracts, the rules of employment, wages, retirement and severance payments, incentives, working hours and vacations, promotions, suspensions, and discharge of an employee, and employment subsequent to a transfer, merger, and acquisition of a business. Finally, this course will look at the changes in the scope and reach of labor protection law in the context of the labor market flexibility.

Flexibility of Labor Market and Labor Law

Labor law is indispensible for a worker who earns a living and builds a career solely with payment of wages, and it is also necessary to maintain livelihood and rights of the worker. The purpose of this course is to promote protection of worker's rights by analyzing labor relations between management and workers. Also, students will explore the distinct nature of labor disputes and propose legal solutions for those labor disputes through an extensive analysis of real-world examples of labor disputes that frequently appear in the labor market.

Studies in Law of Labor Management Committee

This course will explore the legal aspects of a joint labor-management committee and its institutional schemes such as the worker's management participation system and the worker representative system, which has emerged as a third major area of labor law along with labor organizations law and labor protection law. Hence, it will examine the recent development of the concept of a joint labor-management committee in addition to changes to labor law and contentious issues as a result of the emergence of the joint labor-management committee. The first half of this course will look at the industrial democracy and subsequent rise of the idea of a workers' council from a historic perspective, primarily focusing on the life of Hugo Sinzheimer, who is known as the father of labor law, and the Weimar Republic. Specifically, it will consider the labor conditions of the Weimar Republic back in 1920, with a special attention paid to many labor-related problems, including the fundamental problems associated with labor-capital relations and labor-to-capital ratio because of hyperinflation, encountered by the Weimar Republic in the face of the WWI defeat and the Republic's economic labor policies as it sought to counter these problems, while examining implementations and operation statuses of related labor systems in other countries. In the second half of this course, students will study legal problems related to the operation of modern labor systems in many countries (including Korea) and review the performance of the Tripartite Commission (for instance, the enactment of the Temporary Agency Work Act, amendments to many labor statutes, etc.) during the economic crisis of 1998.

Case Study on Labor Law of Temporary Employment

This course will inquire into early court cases relating to the temporary employment, which is probably the most important labor-related problem in modern Korean society. A case study of the precedents of labor law is essential for more comprehensive understanding of labor law. Hence, in this course, students will analyze these precedents based on the historic and structural understanding of the modern employment system and conflicting interests between full-time, regular employees and temporary employees and between workers and managements. This course will consider the ideas of neoliberalism, globalization, and flexibility of labor market. It will pay a special attention to the Temporary Worker Protection Act implemented in 2007 and constructively criticize precedents of the Act in accord with its original purpose and legal reality of the Korean employment system. Other topics include equal treatment of temporary, hourly, and dispatched workers, renewal expectation of employment contracts, discrimination against temporary, hourly, and dispatched workers, and employment of non-standard workers such as caddies, sales and insurance agents, and home-school teachers.

vStudies in Social Security Law

This course is an introduction to the study of social security law and it will cover social risks in modern aging society, development of social security law, and remedies from violations of various rights associated with the use of legal system. Generally speaking, this course will examine the background and development of domestic social security laws in Korea and other countries and compare the contents and specific guarantees of these domestic laws with the International Social Security Standards. Additionally, students will look at the following major topics: five major social insurances-health insurance, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, national pension, and long-term elder care insurance; and major laws associated with social security law- social insurance law, social compensation law, public relief funds, and social welfare law. This course will increase students' familiarity of welfare programs in Korea hereafter and improve their ability to find new and creative ways to improve these welfare programs, thereby contributing to the development of Korea as a more complete welfare state.

Case Studies in Intellectual Property

Scientific technology is currently developing at an incredible pace, and the protection of such developed technologies and related innovations as intellectual property assets has emerged as an urgent problem that must be resolved if the development of technology were to be sustained. Hence, this course will explore various cases of intellectual property (IP) disputes, especially focusing on licensing of trademarks, patents, copyrights, and designs, through which students will acquire practical skills to resolve various IP disputes in real-world settings.

Studies in Patent Law

Based on recent business trends, patents have become one of the major assets for companies in every sector. Generally, patents are granted for innovations that satisfy all the requirements of a patent under the existing patent law. A patent represents a promise from the Government to protect a patent holder's monopoly in a relevant market, which in turn translates into a valuable personal property. Through this course, students will analyze the basic theories underlying the patent law and acquire practical skills to resolve various patent disputes.

Advanced Studies on Modern Human Rights

Human rights are considered to be products of history accumulating over many generations. They differ from other rights guaranteed to citizens on the national level because the human rights are considered to be universal in nature, applying globally and equally to all mankind regardless of gender, status, religion, or race. Furthermore, the universal concept of human dignity has become the main topic of discussions on modern human rights. This course will examine the history and development of human rights throughout human history and students will explore various current human-rights issues and search for possible solutions by studying theoretical origin and application of the concept of human dignity that has developed in the post-World War era.

Seminar on Criminal Law

This course differentiates itself from other traditional courses, which are strictly confined to narrowly designated topics, in that students will be able to engage in an open discussion and extensive analysis of various real-world topics that are emerging as hot-button issues in criminal law. The major topics of discussion will include legal theories concerning terrorism and restorative justice, as well as other subjects that are currently in the legislative discussion.

Wirtschaftsverwaltungsrecht, Economic Administrative Law

Economic administrative law seeks to regulate the direct or indirect government intervention in economic activities among suppliers (producers), middlemen, and consumers. Hence, the topics of this course will include the enterprises law, the banking law, the law on private investments, the fund law, and other business laws.

Kommunalrecht, Study of Local Government Law

This course is designed to study legal principles and case laws of local government administration which is carried out within the boundary of constitutional guarantees granted to local governments. It will examine the theories and practices of the local government law concerning local assemblies, local administrative structure, and local public enterprises, which significantly differs from that of the central government.

Verwaltungsprozessrecht, Administrative Procedural Law

Administrative law possesses unique procedural rules that differ from that of civil and criminal laws. Therefore, this course studies about the administrative court and administrative litigations, and the legal theories and precedents of the administrative procedure.

Study on Land Compensation Law

The eminent domain and compulsory purchase of land for public services and the issue of fair and just compensation thereof have consistently been one of major social issues. Thus, this course will comprehensively examine the legal theories behind compensation for the taking and related positive laws in this area. Furthermore, students will analyze progression of these legal theories in domestic and foreign legal systems, and study contentious issues that appear in the precedents of the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court. Finally, other relevant problems of just compensation in city planning projects, city development projects, and maintenance and rehabilitation projects will be covered.

Study on Land Administrative Law

This course will examine theories of public law pertaining to efficient use, development and conservation of land and related positive laws in this area. Students will analyze the national land planning scheme and zoning restrictions in close association with general theories of administrative law such as theories concerning licensing and approval, administrative plan, discretionary action, public charge, and effective enforcement of administrative plan. Additionally, this course will review pertinent legal systems linked with city planning projects, city development projects, and maintenance and rehabilitation projects and search for solutions to legal problems that arises in connection with many development projects.

Financial Administrative Law

Korea's continuing growth as one of financial hubs in the world has raised serious questions in the fiscal soundness, efficiency and rationality of the nation's finances and financial markets. Therefore, there is a necessity to study financial administrative law, which deals with the basic principles of national finances, the State Finance Act, the budgeting system (including preliminary budget system), the national debt management, fund management, and private investment, and examine related legal issues.

Police Administrative Law

The modern states, many of which no longer operate as traditional police states, faces various risks from such transformation. Hence, students' understanding of administrative law theory will deepen through the study of police administrative law, which explores types and meaning of risk posed to the modern states, the risk prevention activities carried out by police, firefighting and various other means for orderly administration, demonstration law, resident alien and immigration law, disaster prevention law, and business operation law.

Case Studies on Social Security Law

This course will examine problems and legal controversies associated with certain provisions of statutes and acts in social security law, such as the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act, the Employment Insurance Act, the National Pension Act, Health Insurance, and Social Assistance Act, focusing on important precedents that have considered these problems and controversies.
Additionally, based on the premise that labor is the most productive and desirable means for social security, this course will study the roles and tasks of social insurance in providing adequate labor supply in response to the labor demand of companies and enterprises and enhancing the functionality of the labor market.

Legislative History of Labor Law

This course will look at the acceptance of the principles of modern civil law and the emergence of labor law legislations thereafter following such acceptance from a historical perspective. Students will be able to research and analyze the current labor law system through this examination of the history and development process of labor law.

Labor Law Relating to Labor Market

This course will provide a comparative legal study of foreign labor laws, labor system, and related precedents in the area of labor law seeking to find proper policy direction of future labor law legislations in Korea. Students will carry out an extensive analysis on the role and function of labor law in promoting higher and more permanent employment and helping unemployed workers based on existing Korean labor law and the current labor system.

Comparative Labor Law

This course will examine foreign labor laws and labor practices (systems, institutions, theories, and legal precedents, etc.) to examine the possibility of introducing a new labor system in Korea and stimulating legal research in the area of labor law.

Procedural Law of Labor Dispute

This course will research the system for resolving labor disputes and providing a right to remedy and adequate remedial measures as well as appropriate legal procedures in case of a litigation between parties in labor relations.

Specialized Study of Corporate Tax Law

This course will consider the essence of corporate taxation, the taxation of merger and acquisition, the timing of gains and loss recognition, the dealings between a corporation and its shareholders, taxation on a corporation's international transactions, and profits and loss from financial transactions.

Special Civil Law

'Act on the Ownership and Management of Aggregate Buildings' is a special civil law that regulates the ownership and management of apartment buildings. Apartments have become the most popular form of residential buildings in Korea, accounting for more than half of all residential buildings. Additionally, 'Act on the Registration of Real Estate Under Actual Title Holder’s Name' mandates a transaction and registration of real estate to be conducted in the purchaser's true and actual name and is considered an important special law in the area of the law of realty. Moreover, 'Housing Lease Protection Act' and 'Commercial Building Lease Protection Act' are special laws of civil law that regulate a lease of real estate.
Because these special laws provide concrete examples of rather broad regulations in civil law, there is a clear need for students to study these acts.

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