Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium: Seoul National University Law School Protected Areas Symposium

On February 13, 2012, the Environmental Law Program and the Center for Energy and Environmental Law and Policy hosted the second colloquium of the year as students from Seoul National University Law School (SNU) presented in the Protected Areas Symposium. The student presentations were followed with a lively discussion between the SNU students and our very own ELP students.

Hyesoo Won is a graduate of the SNU Law undergraduate program and is an entering 1L at SNU Law School.

Hyeesoo Won presenting on green growth.

She was a member of the 2009 International Law Moot Court Team and has interned at SNU’s Center for Public Interest & Human Rights and the Korea Ministry of Justice, International Legal Affairs Division. Hyesoo presented on the South Korean government’s new economic policies that emphasizes Green Growth and the resulting challenges in implementing such policies. Hyesoo recognized Green Growth as a subset of sustainable development but also commented on the gap between developed and developing companies. Hyesoo emphasized that in order for such policies to be effective, they must be refined and more clearly articulated. Ms. Won closed by asking: “Can we actually continue growing our economy without harming the planet?”

Jeong Min Choi is a PhD candidate at Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Administration.

Jeong Min Choi on the Four Rivers restoration project.

She has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from SNU and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Korea. Jeong Min has published three articles, An Empirical Analysis of the Effect of the Real-Name System on Internet Bulletin Boards: How the Real-Name System and User Characteristics Influence the Use of Slanderous Comments and Swear Words and A Study on the Policy Effect Analysis of KT Privatization: Focusing on the Model of Stakeholder, both of which were published in the Korean Journal of Public Administration, and A study of Authors’ Attitudes about Copyright Ownership and Enforcement and Distribution of Scholarly Works, published in the Korean Journal of Broadcasting. She has also written a book entitled A Policy Study on the Open Access to Research Outcomes Funded by Public Institutions. Jeong Min presented on environmental policy communication, with special emphasis on the Four Rivers Restoration Project in Korea. Overall, the project aims at ecological restoration, water conservation, protection against flooding, improvement of water quality, and promotion of the local economy. Opposition to the project comes from a variety of sources including environmental, religious, and a civic litigation group. Jeong Min revealed that the project may actually be hurting water quality, have a negative effective on local development, and reveal the problems that currently exist with the democratic process. Jeong Min concludes that the Four Rivers Restoration Project actually serves as an example of failed government PR.

Koya Choi is a graduate of SNU undergraduate college.

Koya Choi on public trust concepts.

He majored in law and is currently applying to J.D. programs in the U.S. Koya was a member of the 2005 champion JESSUP Moot Court Team in the National Rounds and was awarded Best Oralist. Koya has worked as a Student Ambassador in the SNU Office of International Affairs and as a United Nations Peacekeeper in Tyre, South Lebanon. Koya presented on the National Trust movement and related laws in Korea. Koya reviewed the national trust movement and its grassroots foundation and commented on the current problems surrounding the movement in Korea, including conflict, lack of incentives, and lack of awareness and public participation. Koya emphasized the need to keep the grassroots approach to the national trust movement by including multiple organizations, removing government involvement, offering incentives, and encouraging public participation through educational events or festivals.

Comments by ELP students Bianca Isaki ’13, Adam Roversi ’12, and Joanne Sheng ’12 touched on a variety of issues and served to initiate conversations within the room.

For those who were not able to make it, a link to the presentation is here.