Visiting Fellow Profile
Country of Origin: South Korea
Visiting Period: September 2010 – August 2011
Faculty Sponsor: Professor Lance Compa
Hochang Song is currently a Partner Lawyer at JnP Law Group, based in South Korea. He received his bachelor degree in Economics from the University of INHA and his law degree and graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute, both institutions are in South Korea. Outside of his practice, Song is heavily involved in various human rights activities.
Song began doing work with the labor movement in the early 1990’s when he joined the Sungnam Province NGO. When he began to practice law in 2002, he also became a member of a progressive lawyers’ organization called Lawyers for a Democratic Society in Korea. As the current Vice Secretary General and Spokesman for the organization, Song has been deeply involved in the continued efforts of developing democracy in Korea over the past 20 years. Other NGOs that Song has been a part of are Korean Womenlink, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, and the Commission of Human Rights for the Korean Bar Association. In 2005, Song was awarded the Model Lawyer’s Prize by the Korean Bar Association for all of his work in the human rights field.
Aside from his NGO work, Song also has help many governmental appointments. Presently, he is the Policy Counselor for the Korean Ministry of Women. Other positions he has held are Speech Counselor for the Presidential Secretariat of Korea, Legal Counselor for the Cultural City Reform Team in the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and he has also served as the Policy Counselor for the Committee of Discrimination Prohibition Act as a part of the Korean National Human Rights Commission.
While at ILR, Song will be researching corporate social responsibility (CSR) in terms of community outreach, labor relations, and environmental affairs. His focus will be comparing and contrasting the various CSR strategies from the companies based in the US, Europe, and Korea, with a special focus on the impact of subcontracts and overall labor and international labor standards.
Lastly, Song has also written in many regular columns for the daily newspaper as an opinion leader, translated law books into Korean, and published his own book, titled A Collection of Setting Questions of Life. Other recent publications are “The Candle Mass Meeting and Reform Legal Systems” (2009), “The Legal Interpretation of New Security Political Situation” (2008), and “About New Information and Communication Act” (2007).
- Hochang Song