Welcome to the Institute for Legal Studies, Yonsei University!
The Institute for Legal Studies, Yonsei University, was established in March 1969 as the Institute for Judicial Studies. It was restructured into the Institute for Legal Studies affiliated with the College of Law. Simultaneously with the opening of the Yonsei Law School on March 1, 2009, the Institute became a University institute, independent from the Law School.
The Institute has eleven research centers – the Center for Public Governance and Law, Center for Global Business and Law, Center for Medicine and Science, Technology Law, Chinese Law Center, Asian Law Center, EU Law Center, Center for Legislative Studies, Center for Dispute Resolution, Center for Water Law and Resource Policy, Center for Anti-Corruption and Compliance, and the Center for Law, National Unification and Peace. The centers are designed to promote legal studies in various specialized fields including area studies.
The Institute for Legal Studies publishes two journals – Beophak Yeongu [Yonsei Law Review, published in Korean] and Yonsei Law Journal [published in English]. Beophak Yeongu, which has been published since 1973, is a KCI-indexed journal, while Yonsei Law Journal, published since 2010, is growing to be a space for discussion among global comparative law experts, with renowned international scholars serving in its editorial board. The three of the centers publish their own journals respectively – Yonsei Journal of Public Governance & Law, Yonsei Global Business Law Review(YGBL), and Yonsei Journal of Medicine and Science Technology Law – with active student participation.
The Institute holds national and international conferences on various topics of law. While the Institute covers various fields, it was selected as one of the ‘key research institutes’ supported by the National Research Foundation for its specialized research in ‘green growth legal studies.’ The Institute excelled in this NRF-administered competitive program and retained its position as a key research institute for full nine years until August 2018. The Institute is also conducting expert research on judicial documents of the Joseon dynasty funded by the Academy of Korean Studies. The University’s SSK (Social Science Korea) Research Center on Climate Change and International Law was incubated in the Institute for Legal Studies and has successfully progressed into a University research center pursuant to the NRF’s SSK program rules.
With its wonderful team of expert researchers and very close cooperation with the Yonsei Law School faculty, the Institute strives to expand the horizon of legal studies in Korea with maximum synergies from interdisciplinary collaboration and expanded global outreach.
On behalf of the Institute for Legal Studies, I thank you for your interest, encouragement, and participation.