2022 SAIL


Amb. Won-soo Kim

Rector, GAFC, Kyung Hee University (Former Under Secretary-General of the UN)

Kim Won-soo is the former Under Secretary-General and the High Representative for Disarmament of the United Nations. As the Korean diplomat, he served as the Secretary to the ROK (Republic of Korea) President for Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as for International Security at the Blue House. He also served as the Director General for Policy Planning and Ambassador for Regional Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is now the Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Future Consensus Institute (Yeosijae) and the Chair Professor of the Incheon National University in Korea as well as the member of the Group of Eminent Persons for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO).

UN and International Law

This course will examine where we stand in international law and norm making at the United Nations, how it evolves and where it will and should go. For the past 77 years since its inception, the UN has not only led the norm making in key aspects of international relations, but also has expanded its role as a normative custodian and increasingly as an enforcer in international justice and accountability, though with ups and downs.

This examination of the UN’s normative work will be focused on three pillars of the core mandates of the UN: 1) peace and security, 2) sustainable development and 3) human rights and justice.