1. I heard that you won an award from the Minister of Justice in ‘2012 International Human Rights Moot Court’. What did you feel, and how did you get through this moot court?
At first, I expected the moot court’s atmosphere was fierce for victory. Contrary to my expectation, the International Human Rights Moot Court was a good place for learning about humanity, so I think participating in this moot court was very good choice. During the moot court, competing against well-informed rival teams and diverse opinions about refugees’ position and the nation’s position pleased me very much. At the same time, it made me feel pressure. By hearing diverse opinions about the same problem, I felt the scope of my thinking was expanding. Also, keen advice and teaching from judges will be help for my future. As an undergraduate, I had difficulty to understand basic manners and rules the law court defends. Through this moot court, I learned so much about that.
2. How did you form your team ‘LAWSPES’?
My team ‘LAWSPES’ consists of three students, Kim Na-ra in Kyung Hee University, Hwang Hyo-jeung in Soongsil University and me. We met on the Supreme Court Young Blogger Committee hosted by the Supreme Court’s press office. The Supreme Court Young Blogger Committee is formed from 20 reporters in college. All the team members except for me live in Seoul. Because we are far apart, we couldn’t meet frequently. I kept in touch with the team members. I went to Seoul more than once a mouth and met them for preparing for moot court.
3. The judges evaluated that your team has abundant knowledge about refugees. How did you prepare for that?
In this moot court, we defended both the nation’s condition and the refugee’s condition about South Sudan Arab women’s unlawful entry into Ethiopia and their extradition. In the preparation of defense, we researched a lot about international law, International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to argue to recognize a petitioner as a refugee. To insist this point, we studied hard about international treaty. Also, we researched and studied the United States Supreme Court’s precedents, the International Court of Justice’s precedents, and the manual of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). Because most of the data was written in English, we had trouble, but the more we prepared for the moot court, the more I felt that the relationship of three countries (Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia) looked like South Korea, North Korea, and China. Thus, I could look further into the problem and prepare very hard.
4. Were you especially interested in human rights law?
It is not exactly human rights law. I have a mind that I want to work at an international organization. For working at an international organization, I have to know a lot about international law. Since human rights are considered a basic and important problem in international society, international law is related with human rights law closely. Besides my future’s special goal, I always felt interest in international law, for example, Rwandan genocide. My friend who joined Amnesty International brought some favorable influence to me.
5. I heard winners would be given a chance to experience international human rights training. Have you any special plan with this training?
International human rights training will occur from, February 4th to 14th, 2013. We will visit cities such as Paris and Geneva. Those cities have many international organizations. The UNHRC located in Geneva is a representative international organization. We will not only visit this international organization but also meet the international organization’s executives. I joyfully look forward to meeting those executives. I think this meeting will be a good turning point in my lawyer life. In particular, I anticipate meeting Song Sang-hyun, president of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In order to learn more effectively than I expected, I am planning to study English before going to international human rights training.
6. What do you want to be in the future?
I want to be a challenging lawyer who makes a new law corresponding with justice. And I won’t surrender to the present’s law system, which was established in 1951 and could not embrace a variety of refugee notions. Also, to be a lawyer who has both cold-blooded intellect and humanity is my ideal.
I won’t surrender to the present’s law system.
This law system could not embrace a variety of refugee notions, because it was established in 1951.
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