Past eventResearch Event

Human Rights and Military-First Politics in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

1 December 2009 - 13:15 to 14:30

Chatham House, London


Dr Jiyoung Song, Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge



The speaker will explain the DPRK's constitutional changes, with a particular focus on human rights. She will examine how historical post-colonialism, political Marxism and other indigenous cultural elements have formed and transformed the ideas of human rights since 1948.

Dr Song's doctoral dissertation focused on the discourse of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (or North Korea). For the past decade, she has applied an interdisciplinary approach to North Korea and human rights from politics, law, international relations, history and cultural perspectives.