Kak Soo Shin

Ambassador Kak Soo Shin, ICAS Fellow, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Korean Mission to the United Nations, graduated from the College of Law at Seoul National University (SNU) in February 1977. He then earned a master's degree in international law from the Graduate School of Law at SNU in February 1979. In 1983 he studied Japanese at the International Center of Keio University, Japan, and moved to the Department of Law at Tokyo University, majoring in international law in 1984. In August 1991 Ambassador Shin earned a J.S.D from Seoul National University.

In May 1975 Ambassador Shin passed the Republic of Korea's High Diplomatic Service Examination, and in January 1977 he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Ambassador Shin started his professional career at the International Legal Affairs Division and Treaties Division in the Treaties Bureau as Assistant Director from 1977 to 1985. In January 1986 Ambassador Shin was assigned as First Secretary to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Japan for three years, and in March 1989 he became Deputy Director of the Japan Division at the Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In February 1990 he was appointed Advisor to the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, and in August 1993 he was promoted to Director of the Japan Division at the Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau. Ambassador Shin served as Advisor to the Foreign Minister for the year of 1995. He was then transferred to the Korean Mission to the United Nations in 1996 and worked there as Counsellor until 1998. Following this, Ambassador Shin was assigned to the Korean Embassy to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as Minister-Counsellor for two years. In February 2001 he became Deputy Director-General for the East Asia Study Group at the Asian Pacific Affairs Bureau, and in January 2002 he was named Director-General of the Treaties Bureau of the Foreign Ministry. In March 2004, Ambassador Shin assumed his current post as Deputy Permanent Representative at the Korean Mission to the United Nations. His career has been focused on Asian and Pacific affairs, International Organizations and Legal affairs in the Ministry.

In addition, Ambassador Shin taught cadets international law and military criminal law as Instructor in the Department of Law at the Korea Military Academy from 1979 to 1982. He also held the position of Instructor in the Department of Diplomacy at Sogang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 1981 to 1982. In 1991, Ambassador Shin was a visiting fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University for two years.

Ambassador Shin is a member of the Korean Society of International Law, the Korean Society of International Humanitarian Law, and the American Society of International Law. He has written many articles on various issues in international law, Asian Affairs, international organizations and North Korea in academic journals. He also contributed many articles to major international newspapers and periodicals.
Links for Kak Soo Shin
Bulletin of January 2, 2015
ICAS Photo Gallery
ICAS Staff visit Korea
ICAS Deligation paid Homage to Korea
Bulletin of Nov. 7, 2005

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