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O-Gon KWON Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1376 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
O-Gon KWON Attorney
O-Gon KWON Attorney

O-Gon KWONAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1376 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.ogon.kwon@kimchang.com

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O-Gon Kwon is an attorney-at-law at Kim & Chang and serves as the President of the firm’s International Law Institute. His general litigation practice includes international and cross-border litigation as well as outbound practice. 

Kwon is currently serving as the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (The Hague, the Netherlands) from December 2017 for a term of three years. He is also serving as the President of the Korean Society of Law, which is the association of all jurists, i.e., judges, prosecutors, attorneys and law professors in Korea, and as the Chair of the Judicial Policy Management Committee of the Judicial Policy Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. Additionally, Kwon has also been serving as a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) since 2007. 

Before joining Kim & Chang in May 2016, Kwon worked as one of the permanent judges of the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from November 2001 until March 2016. He served as the Vice-President of the ICTY from 2008 to 2011. During his mandate at the ICTY, Kwon presided over the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadžić. Previously, he sat on the trial of Slobodan Milošević, former President of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and on the trial of Popović and others, in which seven Bosnian Serbs were accused of involvement in crimes following the July 1995 fall of the Srebrenica enclave. He also served as a member of the Independent Panel on the International Criminal Court Judicial Election, which was established by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, from 2010 to 2012. 

Prior to his international career, Kwon served in the judiciary of the Republic of Korea for 22 years as a judge in various courts, including the Seoul District Court, Changwon District Court, Suwon District Court and Taegu High Court. He also served as the Assistant Legal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Korea (1981-1984), the Planning Director at the Office of the Court Administration of the Supreme Court of Korea (1990-1992), and the Director of Research at the Constitutional Court of Korea (1997-1999). 

Kwon holds an LL.B. (1976) from Seoul National University College of Law and an LL.M. (1983) from the Graduate School of Seoul National University. He took his bar apprenticeship in the Judicial Research and Training Institute at the Supreme Court of Korea (1979). He also holds an LL.M. (1985) from Harvard Law School, USA. 

Kwon received a Moran Medal, Order of Civil Merit, from the President of the Republic of Korea in September 2008. He also received the Korean Legal Culture Award from the Korean Bar Association in 2013 and the Youngsan Legal Culture Award from the Youngsan Foundation of Law & Culture in 2011. Further, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Asialaw in 2017, and Kyung-Ahm Special Prize in 2018. He was also nominated as the Lawyer of the Year by the Legal Press Club in 2009.

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Experience

President, Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (2017-Present) 

President, Korean Society of Law (2017-Present) 

President, International Law Institute, Kim & Chang (2016-Present) 

Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (2017-Present) 

Chair, Judicial Policy Management Committee, Judicial Policy Research Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (2014-Present) 

Member, Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press (2007-Present) 

Outside Director, Lotte Corporation and Hyosung Corporation (2017-Present) 

Member, Asan Award Committee (2019-Present) 

 

Chair, Advisory Committee on the Human Rights Issues in North Korea, Ministry of Justice (2017-2019) 

Chair, Committee for the Development of Criminal Justice, Supreme Court of Korea (2016-2017) 

Permanent Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, the Netherlands (2001-2016) 

Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, the Netherlands (2008-2011) 

Member, Independent Panel for the ICC Election Coalition for the International Criminal Court (2010-2013) 

Presiding Judge, Taegu High Court (2000-2001) 

Presiding Judge, Seoul District Court (1999-2000) 

Director of Research, Constitutional Court of Korea (1997-1999) 

Presiding Judge, Seoul Eastern District Court (1997) 

Presiding Judge, Suwon District Court (1995-1997) 

Chair, Press Arbitration Commission, Gyeongsangnam-do Province (1994-1995) 

Presiding Judge, Changwon District Court (1993-1995) 

Research Judge, Supreme Court of Korea (1992-1993) 

Planning Director, Ministry of Court Administration, Supreme Court of Korea (1990-1992) 

Judge, Taegu High Court (1988-1990) 

Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court (1986-1988) 

Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of the Secretary to the President of Republic of Korea (1980-1984) 

Judge, Seoul Civil District Court (1979-1986)

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Awards

  • Kyung-Ahm Special Prize, Kyung-Ahm Education & Culture Foundation (2018) 
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards, Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards (Asialaw Profiles, 2017) 
  • Korean Legal Culture Award, Federal Bar Association of Korea (2013) 
  • Youngsan Legal Culture Award (2011) 
  • Lawyer of the Year, Legal Press Club (2009) 
  • Moran Medal, Order of Civil Merit, President of the Republic of Korea (2008)

Publications/Activities
    [Books] 
     
    • Commentary on the Civil Code (Pakyoungsa, 1993) 
     
    [Articles]
     
    • Forgotten Victims, Forgotten Defendants, 227 Beyond Victor’s Justice? The Tokyo War Crimes Revisited (2011) 
    • The Challenge of an International Criminal Trial as Seen from the Bench, Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press), 5 (2007) 
    • A Comparative Study on International Criminal Trials and Korean Criminal Trials, 15 Human Rights and Justice 359 (2006, Korean Bar Association) 
    • Recent Trends in International Humanitarian Law: the case of the ICTY, 12 Criminal Cases Study 578 (Pakyoungsa, 2004) 
    • Small Claims Court in the U. S. and Korea, 15 Korean Journal of Comparative Law 95 (LL.M. paper, Harvard Law School, 1985) 
    • A Study on Maritime Liens (LL.M. paper, Graduate School of Seoul National University, 1983) and many others
       

Education

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1985)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (1979)

    Graduate School, Seoul National University (LL.M., 1983)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1976)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1979

Languages

Korean and English

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O-Gon KWON
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1376      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




O-Gon Kwon is an attorney-at-law at Kim & Chang and serves as the President of the firm’s International Law Institute. His general litigation practice includes international and cross-border litigation as well as outbound practice. 

Kwon is currently serving as the President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (The Hague, the Netherlands) from December 2017 for a term of three years. He is also serving as the President of the Korean Society of Law, which is the association of all jurists, i.e., judges, prosecutors, attorneys and law professors in Korea, and as the Chair of the Judicial Policy Management Committee of the Judicial Policy Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. Additionally, Kwon has also been serving as a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press) since 2007. 

Before joining Kim & Chang in May 2016, Kwon worked as one of the permanent judges of the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from November 2001 until March 2016. He served as the Vice-President of the ICTY from 2008 to 2011. During his mandate at the ICTY, Kwon presided over the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadžić. Previously, he sat on the trial of Slobodan Milošević, former President of the Republic of Serbia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and on the trial of Popović and others, in which seven Bosnian Serbs were accused of involvement in crimes following the July 1995 fall of the Srebrenica enclave. He also served as a member of the Independent Panel on the International Criminal Court Judicial Election, which was established by the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, from 2010 to 2012. 

Prior to his international career, Kwon served in the judiciary of the Republic of Korea for 22 years as a judge in various courts, including the Seoul District Court, Changwon District Court, Suwon District Court and Taegu High Court. He also served as the Assistant Legal Advisor to the President of the Republic of Korea (1981-1984), the Planning Director at the Office of the Court Administration of the Supreme Court of Korea (1990-1992), and the Director of Research at the Constitutional Court of Korea (1997-1999). 

Kwon holds an LL.B. (1976) from Seoul National University College of Law and an LL.M. (1983) from the Graduate School of Seoul National University. He took his bar apprenticeship in the Judicial Research and Training Institute at the Supreme Court of Korea (1979). He also holds an LL.M. (1985) from Harvard Law School, USA. 

Kwon received a Moran Medal, Order of Civil Merit, from the President of the Republic of Korea in September 2008. He also received the Korean Legal Culture Award from the Korean Bar Association in 2013 and the Youngsan Legal Culture Award from the Youngsan Foundation of Law & Culture in 2011. Further, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Asialaw in 2017, and Kyung-Ahm Special Prize in 2018. He was also nominated as the Lawyer of the Year by the Legal Press Club in 2009.






    President, Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court (2017-Present) 

    President, Korean Society of Law (2017-Present) 

    President, International Law Institute, Kim & Chang (2016-Present) 

    Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (2017-Present) 

    Chair, Judicial Policy Management Committee, Judicial Policy Research Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (2014-Present) 

    Member, Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Oxford University Press (2007-Present) 

    Outside Director, Lotte Corporation and Hyosung Corporation (2017-Present) 

    Member, Asan Award Committee (2019-Present) 

    Chair, Advisory Committee on the Human Rights Issues in North Korea, Ministry of Justice (2017-2019) 

    Chair, Committee for the Development of Criminal Justice, Supreme Court of Korea (2016-2017) 

    Permanent Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, the Netherlands (2001-2016) 

    Vice-President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, the Netherlands (2008-2011) 

    Member, Independent Panel for the ICC Election Coalition for the International Criminal Court (2010-2013) 

    Presiding Judge, Taegu High Court (2000-2001) 

    Presiding Judge, Seoul District Court (1999-2000) 

    Director of Research, Constitutional Court of Korea (1997-1999) 

    Presiding Judge, Seoul Eastern District Court (1997) 

    Presiding Judge, Suwon District Court (1995-1997) 

    Chair, Press Arbitration Commission, Gyeongsangnam-do Province (1994-1995) 

    Presiding Judge, Changwon District Court (1993-1995) 

    Research Judge, Supreme Court of Korea (1992-1993) 

    Planning Director, Ministry of Court Administration, Supreme Court of Korea (1990-1992) 

    Judge, Taegu High Court (1988-1990) 

    Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court (1986-1988) 

    Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of the Secretary to the President of Republic of Korea (1980-1984) 

    Judge, Seoul Civil District Court (1979-1986)






Awards

  •   Kyung-Ahm Special Prize, Kyung-Ahm Education & Culture Foundation (2018) 
  •   Lifetime Achievement Awards, Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards (Asialaw Profiles, 2017) 
  •   Korean Legal Culture Award, Federal Bar Association of Korea (2013) 
  •   Youngsan Legal Culture Award (2011) 
  •   Lawyer of the Year, Legal Press Club (2009) 
  •   Moran Medal, Order of Civil Merit, President of the Republic of Korea (2008)

Publications/Activities

[Books] 
 
  •   Commentary on the Civil Code (Pakyoungsa, 1993) 
 
[Articles]
 
  •   Forgotten Victims, Forgotten Defendants, 227 Beyond Victor’s Justice? The Tokyo War Crimes Revisited (2011) 
  •   The Challenge of an International Criminal Trial as Seen from the Bench, Journal of International Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press), 5 (2007) 
  •   A Comparative Study on International Criminal Trials and Korean Criminal Trials, 15 Human Rights and Justice 359 (2006, Korean Bar Association) 
  •   Recent Trends in International Humanitarian Law: the case of the ICTY, 12 Criminal Cases Study 578 (Pakyoungsa, 2004) 
  •   Small Claims Court in the U. S. and Korea, 15 Korean Journal of Comparative Law 95 (LL.M. paper, Harvard Law School, 1985) 
  •   A Study on Maritime Liens (LL.M. paper, Graduate School of Seoul National University, 1983) and many others
     





Education

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1985)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (1979)

    Graduate School, Seoul National University (LL.M., 1983)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1976)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1979


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Litigation ,  International Practice ,  Constitutional Litigation ,  International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation