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Robert Oppenheim, Director WCH 4.134, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 78712 • 512-471-5811

Seminar: Sung Ho Kim

Wed, March 10, 2010 • 2:00 PM • BAT 5.108

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The Department of Government and the Center for East Asian Studies are pleased to welcome Dr. Kim Sung Ho, professor of political philosophy and constitutional theory at Yonsei University. Professor Kim will be presenting a talk entitled "Imposed Constitutions in Japan and Korea." The talk will focus on a comparative-constitutional investigation of how liberal-democratic constitutionalism was transplanted under the US military tutelage in occupied Japan (1946) and postcolonial Korea (1948).

Professor Kim received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1997 and was previously a professor of political science at the University of California and Williams College. His studies in German political thought have been published as Max Weber's Politics of Civil Society (Cambridge University Press, 2004/2007). Other publications include "A Political Theory of Constitutional Founding: Identity of the Sovereign People and the Legitimacy of Popular Sovereignty," "A Constitutional Politics of the Extraordinary: Carl Schmitt, Hans Kelsen, and the 1932 Crisis of the Weimar Constitutional Order,” “Constitutionalism on Trial in South Korea,” and "Max Weber's Liberal Nationalism.” Constitutionalism and democratic theories are his recent research concerns. 

Sponsored by: H. Malcolm MacDonald Professorship of Constitutional and Comparative Law, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professorship in Japanese Studies, and the Korea Foundation/POSCO Korean Studies Endowment


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