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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 […]

South Korea: Doctors Can Disclose Gender of an Embryo

(Sept. 5, 2008) The Constitutional Court of South Korea ruled on July 31, 2008, that a Medical Law provision that bans doctors from telling parents the gender of their unborn babies is unconstitutional. The purpose of the provision is to remove gender imbalance and protect the lives of unborn babies by preventing gender-related abortions. Korean […]

South Korea: New Rule to Sell Old Munitions

(July 2, 2008) The Ministry of National Defense of South Korea has sold to the Philippines, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan, at an extremely low price, old munitions that had been used for 30 to 40 years, including the F-5A/B Freedom Fighter. The unit price was typically US$100. With the number of countries requesting to purchase the […]

South Korea: Permanent Residence for Investors

(June 2, 2008) The Korean government will ease the rule contained in the Immigration Control Enforcement Decree to give investors permanent resident status. Foreigners will be able to obtain permanent residence status beginning in September 2008 when they invest more than US$500,000 and employ more than five Koreans. (Park Si-soo, More Foreigners to Become Permanent […]

South Korea: Stricter Measures for Those Convicted of Sexual Violence Against Children

(May 2, 2008) Ten- and eight-year-old girls (Hye-jin and Yae-seul) vanished in South Korea on Christmas day in 2007. A suspect was arrested in March 2008. He confessed that he raped and killed the girls. In the same month, a man tried to kidnap a ten-year-old girl from an elevator in her apartment building by […]

South Korea: Court Bans Executives from Switching to Rival Company for Certain Period

(Apr. 2, 2008) The Seoul Central District Court banned 13 former executives of Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Company from working for the rival company, STX Heavy Industries Company, for from one to three years. Six of the executives were criminally charged with industrial espionage for divulging classified information they acquired from Doosan in November […]

South Korea: Legalizing Abortion to Be Considered

(Mar. 2, 2008) The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare drafted a new policy in late 2007 to seek more realistic measures to address the growing number of abortions in the country. These measures include changing the law that restricts abortions with criminal sanctions. The Ministry held a hearing on February 13, 2008. There […]