Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law

Contemporary Issues and Challenges

Editors: Seokwoo Lee and Hee Eun Lee
Since the end of the Cold War, Northeast Asia has been one of the most dynamic and dangerous parts of the world. Encompassing Japan, the People’s Republic of China, and North and South Korea, the region has undoubtedly acquired a greater global geopolitical and economic significance in recent years. Now home to two of the three largest economies in the world, with the exception of North Korea, all of the countries in the region experienced rapid economic development which has resulted in Northeast Asia accounting for one-fifth of world production, one-sixth of world trade, and one-half of the world’s foreign currency reserves. This great economic dynamism is complemented by the tremendous political forces that animate the region, such as China’s ascendency to a global power challenging the United States and the European Union, tensions over nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula, and Japan’s desire to validate itself as a legitimate international force with a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

All of these modern issues faced by the region are matters of international law. Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges contends that international law is not only poised to take a bigger role in bringing about a resolution to these questions, but international lawyers of the region are working to bring about greater regional cooperation and integration as seen in other regions in the world. This edited volume was inspired by the first joint international academic conference of international lawyers from the Chinese Society of International Law, Japanese Society of International Law, and Korean Society of International Law which took place in Seoul, Korea on July 3, 2010. With a range of timely topics including, but not limited to, North Korean human rights, the South China Sea, and Japan’s efforts in UN peacekeeping operations, the esteemed contributors to Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges examine how international law can promote peace and justice in Northeast Asia.

Legal scholars, students of international law and international relations, policymakers and historians will find Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges to be an invaluable resource.

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Biographical Note
Seokwoo Lee is Professor of International Law and Director of the Inha International Ocean Law Centre at Inha University. He received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and advanced law degrees from New York University, University of Minnesota, and Korea University.

Hee Eun Lee is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Law at Handong International Law School. Admitted to practice law in New York, he received his J.D. with honors and M.A. from Syracuse University (College of Law and Maxwell School) and LL.M. from New York University School of Law.
Table of contents
Chapter I: Overview: Northeast Asian Perspectives on International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges
Seokwoo LEE (Professor, INHA University Law School, Korea) & Hee Eun LEE (Professor, Handong International Law School, Korea)

Chapter II: In Pursuit of Peace and Prosperity through Justice in Northeast Asia
Kak-Soo SHIN (Ambassador to Japan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Korea)

Chapter III: Historical Analysis on the Impacts and Influences of International Law in East Asia and its Future
Toshiya UEKI (Professor, Tohoku University, Japan)

Chapter IV: The Declaration on the Conduct of Parties and a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea: Recent Actions Taken by ASEAN
Yann-huei SONG (Research Fellow, Institute of European and American Studies; Adjunct Research Fellow, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies - Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan)

Chapter V: Resolution to High Seas Fisheries Issue: A View from the South China Sea and an Expectation on National Ocean Policy
Kuan-Hsiung WANG (Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)

Chapter VI: The Response of China and Japan to the Issue of Non Liquet in Recent Advisory Proceedings before the ICJ
Bing Bing JIA (Professor of International Law, Tsinghua University Law School, China)

Chapter VII: The Introduction of Western International Law into Japan
Jon M. VAN DYKE (Professor, School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA)

Chapter VIII: Japan’s Efforts in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations: From the Perspectives of International Law and Foreign Policy-Making
Osamu YOSHIDA (Professor, Tsukuba University, Japan)

Chapter IX: The Cheonan Incident: A Perspective from International Law and Politics
Seokwoo LEE (Professor, INHA University Law School, Korea) & Hee Eun LEE (Professor, Handong International Law School, Korea)

Chapter X: North Korean Human Rights and the Failure of Protection: The Plight of North Koreans in Flight
Jae-Chun WON (Professsor, Handong International Law School & Former Director-General, Korean National Human Rights Commission)

Chapter XI: International Legal Education under the Korea’s New Law School System
Hee Moon JO (Professor, Law School, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea)
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