Legal Reform in Korea
By Tom Ginsburg
Routledge – 2004 – 248 pages
Law in Korea has historically been viewed as merely a tool of authoritarian rule, but since the transition to democracy in 1987 it has served a more important and visible role as a force for social change. With contributions from leading US and Korean scholars, Legal Reform in Korea explores this response to domestic and international pressures, applying a socio-legal perspective to both legal practices and the legal institutions themselves, which have become a major political issue throughout the developing world. An invaluable resource for students of Asian law and Korean studies.
'As a study of the problems involved in mobilising legal machinery to deal with the kinds of political, legal, economic and social problems faced by a new democracy and an emerging economy, this is a stimulating book … it is also a very interesting insight into the clashes that can occur between ancient and modern … philosophies in responding to the needs of an urbanising, expanding economy.' - Law & Politics Book Review
Notes on Usage About the Contributors List of Figures 1. Introduction 2. The Korean Constitutional Court, Judicial Activism and Social Change 3. The Paralysis of Legal Education in Korea 4. The Prosecution of Corruption in South Korea: Achievements, Problems and Prospects 5. Korean Criminal Law and Democratization 6. The Emergence of Formalized Intermediate Norms in Korea: The Case of Sexual Harassment 7. A Look at Chaebol Codes of Conduct 8. Epistemological Conflicts and Institutional Impediments: The Rocky Road to Corporate Bankruptcy Reforms in Korea 9. Korean Labour Law Reform: Evaluation and Future Prospects 10. Controlling Foreign Migrant Workers in Korea 11. The Unfulfilled Promise of Korean Telecommunications Reform 12. Negotiating Values and Law: Environmental Dispute Resolution in Korea Index
Thomas Ginsburg is Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.