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South Korea: Government May Not Have Standing to Bring a Defamation Action

(Sept. 17, 2010) On September 15, 2010, the Central District Court of Seoul (a trial court) released a decision holding that in principle the government may not have standing to bring an action for defamation. This is the first case in South Korea on the issue of whether or not the government may be a […]

South Korea: Domiciliary Intent Matters When Computing Lost Wages in a Foreigner’s Wrongful Death Claim

(Sept. 3, 2010) Two recent decisions by the Seoul High Court (an intermediate-level appellate court) ruled that the domiciliary intent of a foreigner who had been wrongfully killed in South Korea must factor into the calculation of his or her lost wages in the awarding of wrongful death compensation to the surviving family. In a […]

South Korea: DNA Database System Established to Effectively Prosecute Violent Criminals

(Aug. 31, 2010) The Act on the Use and Protection of DNA Identification Information came into force on July 26, 2010, and its Enforcement Decree took effect on August 13, 2010. It appears that the new law has already proved to be an efficient tool to solve violent crimes. On August 27, 2010, the National […]

South Korea: Multiple Legislative Actions Against Sex Crimes

(Aug. 20, 2010) In 2010 alone, the National Assembly of South Korea has taken five legislative actions against sex crimes and for the protection of the victims thereof; the adoption of three new acts and the amendment of two existing ones. The steps were taken in response to the sharp increase in sex crimes in […]

South Korea: International Marriages to Be Strictly Controlled

(Aug. 18, 2010) On July 20, 2010, Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (MGEF) made a joint announcement with seven other governmental agencies, titled “Cross-Governmental Policy to Promote Wholesome International Marriage.” According to the Policy, the Enforcement Decree of the Act on Regulation of Marriage Brokerage Agencies will be revised to stipulate more specific […]

South Korea; United Nations: Korea’s First Granting of Citizenship Status to Refugee Praised by U.N. Body

(Mar. 29, 2010) On March 23, 2010, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) publicly praised the Republic of Korea (ROK) for granting citizenship to a recognized refugee, the first time the ROK had done so since adopting the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees almost 20 years ago. The former refugee […]

South Korea: Reaction Against Child Sexual Offenders

(Dec. 18, 2009) Reports of sex crimes against children in Korea have been on a steady rise recently. News of heinous sex crimes against children has caused the public to raise demands for tightened criminal laws. Especially after the sentence against an offender who raped an eight-year-old girl and left her permanently disabled upset the […]

European Union; South Korea: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(Oct. 20, 2009) On October 15, 2009, the European Commission and the Republic of Korea (South Korea) signed a free trade agreement (FTA), following a two-year period of negotiations. The agreement is heralded as the most significant negotiated deal between the European Union (EU) and a third country. The agreement is expected to remove all […]

South Korea: Food Reuse Regulated

(July 31, 2009) The reuse of food in restaurants in Korea has been a source of contention among consumers, the government, and restaurants. Korean cuisine features small side dishes that complement the main dish. When patrons leave amounts of the side dishes uneaten, restaurants have reused the food by serving it to subsequent customers. Restaurants […]