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Ryan Song is an associate professor of law at Kyung Hee University, Graduate School of Legal Affairs/Law School. An expert in Business and Human Rights (BHR), he is actively involved in establishing BHR policies and practices in Korea. His previous professional endeavors include McKinsey & Company, Hong & Chang Law Group LLC, and KAGRO International. He holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School and an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1990.

His main areas of interest are corporate social responsibility, business and human rights, as well as science and technology policy in the context of global governance. He makes regular appearances in the media as a commentator and host of current affairs programs.

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Patricia Goedde is a professor at Sungkyunkwan University, School of Law, where she was also  Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (2016-2018). Dr. Goedde received a J.D. and Ph.D. in Asian and Comparative Law from the University of Washington, School of Law. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and worked as a foreign attorney with Gwangjang Law Offices in Seoul.


Dr. Goedde’s teaching and research subjects are in the areas of East Asian comparative law, international human rights, public interest lawyering, clinical legal education, and North Korean legal studies. She is the co-editor of Rights Claiming in South Korea (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Celeste Arrington, and has also published in various law and Asian studies journals.

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Buhm-Suk Baek is an associate professor at Kyung Hee University, College of International Studies. He is a member of the UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and has also served as an advisor to various government agencies and NGOs dealing with human rights issues. Dr. Baek is an advisory member of the International Human Rights Committee under the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, a research director of the Korean Society of International Law, and a former auditor of the Korea Human Rights Foundation.


His research focuses on international human rights law, transitional justice, law and development, and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). He is the co-editor of Transitional Justice in Post-Unification Korea (Palgrave McMillan, 2015) with Ruti Teitel, and has published in various journals. He received an LL.B. from Seoul National University, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. in Public International Law from Cornell Law School. 

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Minwoo Kim is a research professor of the International Human Rights Center at Korea University's Graduate School of International Studies. He is also the managing director of Asia Business and Human Rights at Human Asia, the director of business and human rights for the Korean Association of Human Rights Studies, and a member of several leading state-owned enterprises' business and human rights committees. As a BHR expert and advisor to the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, he develops guidelines and educational programs for companies and public organizations, and has extensive experience conducting human rights impact assessments.


Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Korea University where he teaches courses such as Business and Human Rights, Human Rights in Asia, and Introduction to Human Rights. His research primarily specializes in human rights due diligence in the private sector. One of his latest publications is "The Relationship between Corporate Human Rights Responsibility Disclosure and Performance" [full citation needed].

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Daae Kim is a foreign attorney at Peter & Kim in Seoul and is a member of the District of Columbia bar. Before earning her Juris Doctor degree, Ms. Kim worked as a researcher at Advocates for Public Interest Law and was involved in international human rights work relating to business and human rights, refugees, and human trafficking. Prior to this, Ms. Kim worked at Dongcheon Public Interest Law Foundation established by Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL) where she assisted BKL’s Pro Bono Committee with refugee litigation and other pro bono activities. She also served as the chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network’s East Asia Working Group.


Ms. Kim’s previous legal experiences include working as a legal intern at the World Bank Group’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington D.C., the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Federal Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Dr. Jinwon Lee is a research professor at Korea University Center for Human Rights and Gender Equity. Since obtaining her Ph.D. at the Graduate School of International Studies at Korea University, she teaches courses such as Human Rights in a Global and Regional Context, International Organizations, Human Rights in a Globalized World, and Globalization and Beyond.  Her major research areas are international human rights, human rights norms, human rights education, migration policy, and multiculturalism.

She currently serves as Deputy Director of General Affairs for the Korean Association of Human Rights Studies and Korea Academic Council on the United Nations System.

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Dr. Heewon Kang is the CEO of the IoT Research Center. Dr. Kang received a PhD in Industrial Management at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He currently also serves as the auditor for the KAIST Foundation, and has also been an auditor for the Korea Human Rights Foundation for several years. 

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Seolho Lee is an undergraduate student at Sungkyunkwan University majoring in public policy. He is interested in designing social policies and human rights. He is currently working as an intern at the Korea Human Rights Foundation.

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Sung Yeon Hong is a third-year undergraduate student at Northwestern University, where she is studying Psychology and International Studies, with a concentration on global law and society. She is currently an intern at the Korea Human Rights Foundation.

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