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Tae-Ung Baik

William S. Richardson School of Law
Associate Professor of Law
Chair, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Committee
Advisor, Pacific-Asian Legal Studies Organization 

Area/Regional Expertise

International Human Rights, Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure
Korean Law

PALS Courses Taught

Human Rights In Asia
International Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure: A Comparative Prospective
Law & Society in Korea
Korean Business Law (Course Under Development)


LLB, Seoul National University
LLM, Notre Dame Law School, cum laude
JSD, Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude


Tae-Ung Baik was born in South Korea. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Law, and he continued his legal studies at Notre Dame Law School earning his master (LL.M.) and doctoral (JSD) degrees on international human rights law. He was Assistant Professor and Director of the Korean Legal Studies Program at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia (UBC). He taught courses on international human rights, transnational law, Korean law and comparative law. He was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York. 

He worked for Human Rights Watch in New York and served as a legal adviser for the South Korean Delegation in the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. 

His book, “Emerging Regional Human Rights Systems in Asia,” is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.

Selected Publications


Emerging Regional Human Right Systems In Asia [forthcoming, Cambridge University Press]
The Dream of Korean Socialist Movements (Friend-of-Labor Publishing Co., 1992)

Book Chapters

Asia: The Reality of Human Rights, in The Essentials of Human Rights (Rhona K. M. Smith and Christien van den Anker, eds., Hodder Arnold, 2006


Filtered Universalism: a framework for the analysis of human rights norms and constitutionalism in Asia [in progress]
Criminal Process in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [in progress]
Getting to the Truth: The Procedural Arrangements for Transitional Justice in South Korea [in progress]
Legal System on Earthquake and Tsunami in Canada, 60 THE KOREA BEOPHAK 115 (2011) (with Jewan Kim).
Cooperative Approach for Implementation of International Norms, 55 GUKJEBEOPHAKHOE NONCHONG, vol 4. 13 (2010)
Public Interest Litigation in Korea, in Public Interest Litigation In Asia (Po Jen Yap & Holning Lau eds., London, Routledge, 2010)
A Discussion for the Amendment of the Korean Civil Code: Statutory Limitation Provisions and Related Issues, 50 MINSABEOPHAK 1 (2010) (with Jewan Kim and Kyung-Il Paek).
Justice Incomplete: The Remedy for the Victims of Jeju April Third Incident, in Rethinking Historical Injustice and Reconciliation In Northeast Asia: The Korean Experience In Regional Perspective (Shin et al eds., London: Routledge, 2007)




Professor Baik With Incheon, South Korea Mayor

Professor Baik Serving Lunch On Stew Day