Seminar: North Korea, International Law and Political Reality

In January 2013, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, issued a strong call to the international community to put much more effort into tackling the “deplorable” human rights situation of people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). A few months later, the UN Human Rights Council established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the systematic and widespread human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The UN requested former Australian High Court Judge, Michael Kirby to chair the Commission of Inquiry. Earlier this year, the Commission released an unprecedented report documenting crimes against humanity committed in North Korea, the “gravity, scale and nature” of which revealed “a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”

After speaking about the report around the world, Michael Kirby will examine the report and responses from the international community.

Professor Martin Krygier, UNSW Law Gordon Samuels Professor of Law and Social Theory and Co-Director of the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, will offer concluding observations.


For more information, see the seminar page.

Date & Time:

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday 31 July 2014


Ground Floor Lecture Theatre G04
University of New South Wales
New South Wales
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