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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 […]

South Korea: Foreign Legal Consultants Law

(May 1, 2009) The Foreign Legal Consultants Law was promulgated in South Korea on March 25, 2009 (Act No. 9524). Under the Law, foreign legal professionals certified in countries with free trade agreements with South Korea or in World Trade Organization treaty countries, who have a minimum three years of experience, can transact business in […]

South Korea: Government Values Diplomacy over Freedom of Speech Regarding Propaganda to the North

(Nov. 26, 2008) South Korean civic groups, such as the Fighters for Free North Korea and the Family Assembly Abducted to North Korea [sic], are reportedly sending about ten million copies of leaflets to North Korea in balloons every year. The leaflets contain messages stating, for example, that Kim Jong-il has suffered a stroke or […]

South Korea: Universal Health Plan and Citizens Abroad

(Nov. 19, 2008) Article 5 of the National Health Insurance Act of the Republic of Korea states that Korean nationals who reside in the country are national health insurance policyholders, unless their employers provide other health insurance. Recently, due to the increasing number of cases of overseas Koreans coming back to the country for a […]

Cambodia; South Korea: Free Trade Agreement

(Nov. 3, 2008) As of November 2008, a free trade agreement between South Korea and Cambodia will be in effect. According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of South Korea, the government in Seoul received notice from the Cambodian government on October 30 that the administrative and legal steps necessary for the free trade […]