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South Korea: Unprecedented Claim Filed with Constitutional Court to Dissolve a Political Party

(Dec. 23, 2013) On November 5, 2013, the Korean government filed a claim with the country’s Constitutional Court to dissolve the Unified Progressive Party (UPP). At the same time, the government applied for a court injunction to suspend activities of the UPP during the trial. This case is unprecedented in the constitutional history of Korea. […]

South Korea: Ban on Dumping of Food Wastewater in the Ocean Comes into Force

(Feb. 7, 2013) The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM) of the Republic of Korea promulgated the revised enforcement rule for the Marine Environment Management Act on December 29, 2011, with respect to banning the dumping of food wastewater into the ocean, effective from 2013 onwards. (MLTM Decree No. 423 [in Korean] (Dec. […]

Indonesia; South Korea: Agreement on River Restoration

(Dec. 4, 2012) On December 3, 2012, Indonesia and South Korea concluded an agreement to restore the Ciliwung River, which flows from the mountains down through Jakarta before reaching Jakarta Bay. The agreement commits about US$10 million to clean up the river, which is considered to be heavily polluted. (Indonesia, South Korea Commit to $10m […]

South Korea: International Adoption Rates Fall

(Nov. 29, 2011) While the number of intercountry adoptions throughout the world sharply declined last year, the number of children adopted from South Korea remained the same. As a result, South Korea regained its position as the number one country of origin for intercountry adoptions in the United States. (Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department […]

South Korea: Proposed Passport Regulation May Affect Missionaries’ “Aggressive” Activities Abroad

(Feb. 24, 2011) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) in South Korea plans to revise the passport enforcement decree, it was reported on February 15, 2011. The Passport Act states that MFAT may impose restrictions on the issuance or reissuance of a passport for one to three years, if an embassy or consulate […]

South Korea: Act of Spreading False Information via Internet Not Punishable

(Jan. 10, 2011) The Constitutional Court decided on December 28, 2010, that Korea's law that punishes the act of spreading false information via the Internet for the purpose of harming the public good is unconstitutional. In the case reviewed by the Court, the defendant, who posted economic predictions using his Internet username and who had […]

International Criminal Court; South Korea: Examination of Recent Incidents as Possible War Crimes

(Dec. 9, 2010) On December 7, 2010, Luis Moreno Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), stated that following the receipt of communications from Korean citizens on the matter, he is considering the question of treating recent incidents in the Republic of Korea (South Korea or ROK) as war crimes. The two events […]

South Korea: Special Judicial Police Squad Launched for War on “Knockoffs”

(Oct. 15, 2010) On September 8, 2010, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched the Special Judicial Police Squad to more effectively crack down on counterfeit goods, so-called “knockoffs,” and trademark offenders. While proud of its fourth ranking in terms of the number of applications for both domestic industrial property rights and international patents, South […]

South Korea: Conflicting Decisions on Adoption by Grandparents

(Oct. 7, 2010) Two conflicting rulings have been made in South Korean provincial courts on the issue of whether grandparents may adopt their grandchildren. On September 16, 2010, the Family Division (three-judge bench) of Ulsan District Court affirmed the decision by a single-judge bench of the same Court that grandparents may not adopt a grandchild. […]

European Union; South Korea: Free Trade Agreement

(Sept. 27, 2010) On September 16, 2010, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union authorized the signing of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and its provisional application as of July 1, 2011, provided that the European Parliament gives its consent. The EU is expected to sign the agreement with Korea at the upcoming […]