Contact Information
  •  Office: Room 409, International Studies Building
  •  Phone: 031-201-2315
  •  E-mail: bsbaek@khu.ac.kr
  •  Curriculum Vitae: Download
Areas of Expertise

Research Interests

  •   Public International Law
  •  International Human Rights Law
  •  International Law and International Relations
  •  Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL)
  •  Law and Social Change
  •  Law and Development

Courses Taught 

  •  Understanding International Law
  •   Law and Global Governance
  •   International Law and Politics of Human Rights
  •   Human Rights in Asia
  •  J.S.D. in International Human Rights Law, Cornell Law School, 2011
  •  LL.M. in Public International Law, Cornell Law School, 2007
  •  M.A. in International Relations, GSIS, Yonsei University, 2006
  •  LL.B. in Law, College of Law, Seoul National University, 1998
Professional Experience

  • Jan. 2017- present: International Director, Korean Society of International Law
  •   Apr. 2015-present: Advisory Member, International Human Rights Committee, National Human  Rights Commssion of Korea
  •  Mar.2015 – present: Auditor, Korea Human Rights Foundation
  •   Sep. 2013 – present: Assistant Professor, Kyung Hee University
  •  Sep. 2015- Aug. 2017: Advisory Member, International Human Rights Committee, Korean Bar Association
  •  Sep. 2012 – Aug. 2013: Research Fellow, ASAN Institute for Policy Studies
  •  Sep. 2011 – Jun. 2012: Visiting Fellow, Georgetown University Law Center
  •                     – Aug. 2009: Research Fellow and Advisor of Chairperson, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  •  Sep. 2004 – Apr. 2005: Administrative Manager, Advocates Korea


  •   Fall Semester 2014:  Lecturer on International Human Rights Law, Law School, Seoul National University
  •   Spring Semester 2013, Fall Semester 2015: Lecturer on Public International Law, College of Law, Seoul National University
Selected Publications
  • Pursuing Criminal Responsibility for Human Rights Atrocities in DPRK,’ 62 Korean Journal of International Law, vol.1, 63-95 (2017)
  • ‘South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies,’ co-authored with Ioannis Tellidis, International Public Policy Review (Mar. 2017)
  • ‘Investigating Accountability and Criminal Indictment on North Korean Human Rights Violations,’ Korea Institute for National Unification, with Kyu-Chang Lee et al., (Feb. 2017)
  • The Hague Abduction Convention and its implications for multicultural families in Korea,’ 26 Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol.3, 320-341 (2016)
  • Korean Judicial Decisions: Major Decisions in 2014, 2015, and 2016,’ 4 Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law1 133-140 & No.2 209-214 (2016)
  • ‘Development of Regional Human Rights Mechanisms in Asia’ in Policy Studies on International Law in Korea 2016 (Korea National Diplomatic Academy ed., 2016)
  • Evolvement of International Human Rights Instruments under the U.N.,’ 43 Korea International Law Review, vol.1, 1-26 (2016).
  • ‘Transitional Justice in Unified Korea,’ Palgrave Macmillan, with Ruti Teitel eds. (Oct. 2015)
  • Something to Consider: For Transitional Justice in Unified Korea,’ 60 Korean Journal of International Law, vol.2, 99-130 (2015).
  • Conditionality in Humanitarian Aid Relations,’ Asian Journal of International Studies, Vol.19 (2014)
  • Human Rights Approach to North Korea Human Rights,’ Seoul International Law Journal, Vol.21 No.1 (2014).
  • A Review of the Commission of Inquiry on DPRK’ in UN Human Rights Mechanisms and North Korea (Korean Institute for National Unification ed., 2013).
  • International Human Rights Law Perspective on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Kiobel,’ Korean Journal of International Law, Vol.58 No.3 (2013).
  • Role of U.N. Commission of Inquiry (CoI) DPRK,’ ASAN Issue Briefs 50 (2013).
  • Policy Recommendations on Human Rights for the New Administration,’ ASAN Issue Briefs 48 (2013).
  • NHRIs, RHRIs, and Human Rights NGOs,’ 24 Florida Journal of International Law 235-270 (2012).
  • The Medium Foreseeing the Future,’ 8 Socio-Legal Review, vol.1, 36-112 (2012).
  • Mere Ritual or Gradual Change,’ 5 Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review 145-190 (Spring, 2012).
  • Do We Need Regional Human Rights Institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region?’ 56 Korean Journal of International Law, vol.2, 47-87 (2011).
  • The Role of National Human Rights Institutions: The Experience of Korea,’ Cornell Law School J.S.D./Doctoral Student Papers, Paper 4, (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2010). (http://scholarship.law.cornell.edu/dsp_papers/4).
  • Economic Sanctions against Human Rights Violations,’ Cornell Law School Inter-University Graduate Student Conference Papers, Paper 11, (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2008). (http://lsr.nellco.org/cornell/lps/clacp/11).
  • Myanmarese Refugees in Thailand: The Need for Effective Protection,’ Cornell Law School J.S.D./Doctoral Student Papers, Paper 1, (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2008). (http://lsr.nellco.org/cornell/dsp/papers/1/), reprinted in 2 Yonsei Public Governance and Law, vol.1, 161-186 (2011).
  • The Definition and Jurisdiction of the Crime of Aggression and the International Criminal Court,’ Cornell Law School Graduate Student Papers, Paper 19, (Berkeley Electronic Press, 2006). (http://lsr.nellco.org/cornell/lps/papers/19).
  • Response paper: The Tokyo Women’s Tribunal and the Turn to Fiction by Prof. Karen Knop,’ Cornell Law School, Clarke Colloquium Series, (October 2009).
  • New Institutions for Human Rights Protection in Iraq? National Human Rights Institutions and International Cooperation,’ Cornell Advocates For Human Rights Newsletter, (Spring 2010).
  • Korean Residents in Japan and Dual Nationality,’ Cornell Advocates For Human Rights Newsletter, (Fall 2008).
  • Impunity to Human Rights Abuser? The Case of North Korea’s Abductions of Japanese Citizens,’ Cornell Advocates For Human Rights Newsletter, (Spring 2008).