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Lee, Jung-Hoon (이정훈)
Dean of the GSIS
Professor of International Relations
D.Phil., University of Oxford (Modern Diplomatic History, St. Antony’s College), 1993
Foreign Policy, International Security, Human Rights, and East Asian Affairs

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Jung-Hoon Lee is Professor of International Relations. He is formerly ROK government’s Ambassador for Human Rights as well as its inaugural Ambassador-at-Large for North Korean Human Rights. On campus, he served as Dean of the Underwood International College and the Office of International Affairs. His outside academic affiliations include visiting professorship at Keio University and senior fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Prof. Lee has advised South Korea’s National Unification Advisory Council, Ministry of Unification, Ministry of Foreign Affair, National Security Council, and the National Assembly. His current domestic commitments include his role as Chairman of SaveNK, an NGO that helps the defector community, Senior Advisor to the Future Korea Weekly, a current affairs magazine, and Chairman of the Board of Tongwon Educational Foundation. Internationally, he is a board member of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (Washington, DC), an international patron of the Hong Kong Watch (London), and an advisory council member of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (London). He received his BA from Tufts University, MALD from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (St. Antony’s College). He published in 2017 Tongbukah Kyŏkrang ui Hanbokp’anesŏ [In the Midst of a Northeast Asian Current]. His most recent journal contributions include “Déjà Vu in South Korea? Lessons from the 1992 Philippines Withdrawal” in the Washington Quarterly (2020), “The UN’s Human Security Challenge: The Plight of North Korean Refugees in China” in the Journal of International Politics (2020), and “North Korea’s Nuclear and Human Rights Conundrum: Implications for South Korea’s Unification Goal” in the Pacific Focus (2020).
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford (Modern Diplomatic History, St. Antony’s College), 1993
  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, 1986 (International Security Studies, Diplomatic History of the United States, Diplomatic History of East Asia)
  • BA, Tufts University, 1984 (International Relations & History)
Research and Academic Employment
  • Professor of International Relations, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, 1996~present
  • Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2018~2019
  • Founding Director, Yonsei Human Liberty Center, GSIS, 2014~present
  • Director, Institute of Modern Korean Studies, GSIS, 2011~2020
  • Director, Center for American Studies, Institute for East and West Studies, Yonsei University, 2011~present
  • Dean, Underwood International College, Yonsei, University, 2008~2010
  • Visiting Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Keio University, 2007~2008
  • Dean (current Vice-President), Office of International Affairs, Yonsei University, 2004~2007
  • Editorial Board Member, Asia Europe Journal (Singapore), 2002~2008
  • Member of Board of Overseers, College of International Relations, Wenzao University (Taiwan), 2000~2002
  • Visiting Scholar (non-resident), Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., 2000~2001
  • Director, Center for European Studies, Institute for East and West Studies, Yonsei University, 1998~2011
  • Faculty Editor, Yonsei Annals; Member, Yonsei Media & Broadcasting Committee; Editorial Board Member, Yonsei Chunchu, 1998~2001
  • Director, Global Leadership Forum, Center for International Studies, GSIS, 1997~1999
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of International Studies/International Education Division, Yonsei University, 1994~1996
  • Lecturer (full-time), Department of International & Area Studies, UC Berkeley, 1992~1993
  • Japan-Korea Cultural Foundation Research Fellow, Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo (Komaba Campus), 1989~1990
Professional Services
  • Advisory Council Member, Human Rights Institute, International Bar Association, London, 2020~present
  • International Patron, Hong Kong Watch, London, 2018~present
  • Board Member, Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), Washington, DC, 2018~present
  • Founder & Director of the Secretariat, The Sages Group for North Korean Human Rights, 2016~present
  • Founding Organizer, World Congress for North Korean Defectors, 2016~2017
  • Senior Advisor, ROK’s National Unification Advisory Council, Republic of Korea; Ministry of Unification, Ministry of Foreign Affair, National Security Council, and the National Assembly, 2002~2017 (not consecutively)
  • Chair, Advisory Committee for Humanitarian Affairs, Ministry of Unification, 2014~2016
  • Chairman & CEO, Korea Professional Tennis Federation (KPTF), 2009~2012
  • Chairman, Save North Korea (SaveNK), 2008~present
  • Senior Advisor & former Chairman, The Future Korea Weekly, 2014~present
  • Designated Columnist, Moonhwa Daily Newspaper, 2013 (January~June)
  • Chairman of the Board, Tongwon Educational Foundation, 2012~present
  • Founder & Chairman, Committee for the Establishment of Refugee Camp for the North Korean Defectors, 2012~present
  • Charter Member, Institute for the Future of State (IFS), 2011~2013
  • Member, Board of Overseers, The Far East Broadcast Service (FEBC), 2011~present
  • Vice Chairman, House of Sharing Supporter’s Group, 2010~present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hyundai Development Company, 2005~2016
  • Member, Board of Directors, Huneed Technologies, 2003~2013
  • Member, Editorial Board, IRI Review, 2003~2005
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Cushing Academy, USA, 2002~2007
  • Host, In Focus, Arirang TV, 2001~2006
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Pacific Review, London, 2000~2001
  • Member, Board of Directors, Hanil Investment Trust Management Co., Ltd., 1999~2001
  • Founder and Vice-Chairman, ASEM Research Forum in Korea, 1998~present
  • Former Secretary General/Steering Committee Member, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP-Korea), 1997~present
  • Member, Public Relations Committee, Local Organization Committee, International Political Science Association, 1996~1997
  • Member, Committee Chair and/or Vice President of academic associations: Korea Association of International Relations; Korea Political Science Association; The Korean Council of Area Studies; and the Korean Society of Contemporary European Studies, 1995~present
  • Summer Associate, Kim & Chang International Law Firm, 1982
Courses and Current Research Area
  • Foreign Policy, International Security, North Korean Human Rights, Korean-Japanese Relations, and East Asian Affairs
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • North Korean Nuclear & Human Rights Issues
  • South Korean Domestic and Foreign Policy
  • Global Trends in International Relations
  • International Relations Theories
  • Security Relations in East Asia
  • Modern Korean-Japanese Relations
  • US-South Korea Alliance
  • Europe-Asia Relation
  • Human Rights and Accountability
Academic Publications
Selected Books

Tongbukah Kyŏkrang ui Hanbokp’anesŏ [In the Midst of a Northeast Asian Current], (Miraehankuk Media, 2016)

Seoul Dialogue for Human Rights: Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta in Search of Liberty and Human Rights in North Korea, edited (Center for Human Liberty, 2016)

Responses to Change: Some Key Issues for the Future of Korea (Sheffield: Sheffield University Management School, 2000) – edited with Roy Wilkinson and Josephine Maltby

Comprehensive Security: Conceptions and Realities in Asia (Yonsei University Press, 2000) – edited with Dalchoong Kim

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“The UN’s Human Security Challenge: The Plight of North Korean Refugees in China,” Journal of International Politics, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Summer 2020)

“North Korea’s Nuclear and Human Rights Conundrum: Implications for South Korea’s Unification Goal,” Pacific Focus, Vol. XXXV, No. 2 (August 2020) – co-authored with Erwin Tan

“Strategic Implications of a Nuclear North Korea: Europe’s Dual Role in Diplomacy and Deterrence,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Vol. 32, No. 2 (June 2020) – co-authored with Mason Richey and Jangho Kim

“인도⋅태평양 지역 ‘해양상황인지’ 현황과 ‘쿼드(Quad)’국가의 기여: 쟁점 및 전망,” 국가안보와 전략, 제20권 1호 / 통권77호, (2020 여름호) – 공저 (박재적)

“The Sinking of the Chŏnan: Remembering the Tragedy on its 10th Anniversary,” New Asia, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Spring 2020)

“무역전쟁을 통해서 본 미·중관계의 미래,” 국제지역연구, 제 24-3호 (2020 여름호) – 공저 (한석희)

“Déjà Vu in South Korea? Lessons from the 1992 Philippines Withdrawal,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter 2020) – co-authored with Joe Phillips

“The United Nations and North Korean Human Rights,” New Asia, Vol. 26, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

“Drawing the Line: Combating Atrocities in North Korea,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Summer 2016) – co-authored with Joe Phillips

“북한인권 실태와 인권정책 로드맵,” 통일플러스, 제 1-1호 (통일연구원, 2015.3)

“Normalization of Relations with Japan” in Byung-Kook Kim and Ezra F. Vigel, ed., The Park Chung Hee Era: The Transformation of South Korea (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2011)

“A Real Deal or a Political Masquerade? The North Korean Nuclear Question Revisited” in Towards Sustainable Economic & Security Relations in East Asia: U.S. and ROK Policy Options (Washington DC: KEI, 2008)

“미사일 방어체제의 개념과 쟁점,” 한국전략문제연구소, 제 12권 34호 (2005.7)

“The North Korean Nuclear Crisis Revisited: The Case for a Negotiated Settlement,” Security Dialogue, Vol. 34, No. 2 (London: Sage Publications, June 2003) – co-authored with Chung-In Moon

“The Role of Regional Identity in Asia-Europe Relations with Special Reference to ASEM,” Global Economic Review, Vol. 30, No. 3 (The Institute of East and West Studies, Yonsei University, 2001) – co-authored with Jin Park

“The North Korean Missiles: A Military Threat or a Survival Kit?,” The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Vol. XII, No. 1 (Seoul: The Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, Summer 2000) – co-authored with Il Hyun Cho

“The United States and the Security Nexus in Northeast Asia, with Special Reference to the Korean Peninsula,” Journal of American Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Seoul: The American Studies Association of Korea, Winter 1999)

"From de jure to de facto: The Armistice Treaty and Redefining the Role of the United Nations in the Korean Conflict", International Studies Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (The Institute for International Trade and Cooperation, Ewha Women's University, 1998)

"Globalization, Nationalism, and Security Options for South Korea" in Chung-in Moon and Jongryn Mo, eds., Democratization and Globalization in South Korea: Assessment and Prospects (Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 1998)

"Japan's Search for a Regional Role," The Oxford International Review, Vol.II, No.3 (Oxford: The Oxonian Rewly Press, Summer Issue 1991).

"Korean-Japanese Relations: The Past, Present, and Future," Korea Observer, Vol. XXI, No. 2 (Seoul: The Institute of Korean Studies, Summer 1990)


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