Legal Reform in Korea / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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'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
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Meet the Author

Thomas Ginsburg is Assistant Professor of Law and Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the politics of legal reform in Korea 1
2 The Korean constitutional court, judicial activism, and social change 19
3 The paralysis of legal education in Korea 36
4 The prosecution of corruption in South Korea : achievements, problems, and prospects 47
5 Korean criminal law and democratization 71
6 The emergence of formalized intermediate norms in Korea : the case of sexual harassment 85
7 A look at Korean corporate codes of conduct 95
8 Epistemological conflicts and institutional impediments : the rocky road to corporate bankruptcy reforms in Korea 114
9 Korean labor law reform : evaluation and future prospects 134
10 Controlling foreign migrant workers in Korea 148
11 The unfulfilled promise of Korean telecommunications reform 169
12 Negotiating values and law : environmental dispute resolution in Korea 199
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