[KS] New Publication Announcement

Kim, Marie S mskim at stcloudstate.edu
Sun Feb 2 22:40:58 EST 2020

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book.

Marie Seong-Hak Kim

Constitutional Transition and the Travail of Judges: The Courts of South Korea

Cambridge University Press


362 pages

ISBN 13: 9781108474894

E-ISBN: 9781108628433


This book looks at the history of the courts in South Korea from 1945 to the contemporary period. It sets forth the evolution of the judicial process and jurisprudence in the context of the nation's political and constitutional transitions. The focus is on constitutional authoritarianism in the 1970s under President Park Chung Hee, when judges faced a positivist crisis as their capacity to protect individual rights and restrain the government was impaired by the constitutional language. Caught between the contending duties of implementing the law and pursuing justice, the judges adhered to formal legal rationality and preserved the fundamental constitutional order, which eventually proved essential in the nation's democratization in the late 1980s. Addressing both democratic and authoritarian rule of law, this volume prompts fresh debate on judicial restraint and engagement in comparative perspectives.

Table of Contents

1.         Introduction

2.         The Making of the Constitution and the Courts, 1945–1962

3.         Jurisprudential Evolution, 1962–1972

4.         The Yusin Era, 1972–1980 (1): The Laws

5.         The Yusin Era, 1972–1980 (2): The Courts

6.         The Yusin Era, 1972–1980 (3): The Judges

7.         Political Transitions and Rule of Law, 1980–1987

8.         Democracy and Travails of Judges, 1987 to the Present

9.         Conclusion



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Marie Seong-Hak Kim

St. Cloud State University

Email: mskim at stcloudstate.edu<mailto:mskim at stcloudstate.edu>


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