2019 Jury Committee

Buhm-Suk BAEK

Buhm-Suk BAEK is Assistant Professor at Kyung-Hee University, College of International Studies in Korea. He received a LL.B. from Seoul National University, and LL.M. and J.S.D. in public international law from Cornell Law School. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at Asan Institute for Policy Studies of Korea in 2012- 2013 as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center in the 2011 – 2012 academic years. His research focuses on international human rights law, transitional justice, law and development and third world approaches to international law. His recent publications include “NHRIs, RHRIs, and Human Rights NGOs,” Florida Journal of International Law, “The Medium Foreseeing the Future,” Socio-Legal Review, and “Mere Ritual or Gradual Change” Northwestern Interdisciplinary Law Review. In Oct. 2015, with Ruti Teitel, he also published a book, Transitional Justice in post-unification Korea by Palgrave McMillan.


Hiromichi MATSUDA

MATSUDA Hiromichi is an Assistant Professor of Law at International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, where he teaches and writes in the areas of Japanese constitutional law, human rights law, international law, and comparative foreign relations law. Professor Matsuda received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Tokyo School of Law in 2011 and served there as a research associate in the year 2011–2012 and 2013–2015, and as a lecturer in the year 2015–2016. He received his LL.M., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School in 2013, where he focused on “Human and Constitutional Rights” and “Constitution and Foreign Affairs,” and served as an editor of Columbia Human Rights Law Review. His publication includes International law in Japanese Courts in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law (2019).


Pok Yin
Stephenson CHOW

Dr. Pok Yin Stephenson CHOW is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong.  He is a member of the Asian Society of International Law and a member of the US bar.  Prior to his academic position, Dr. Chow has worked in the capacities of campaigner and researcher for various human rights NGOs, including at Amnesty International (International Secretariat), focusing on human rights issues in Hong Kong and China.

Dr. Chow’s current research interest covers that of public international law and international human rights law and on topics relating to culture and diversity in international law.  He has published in leading journals including the Human Rights Law Review and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ).  In 2017, he was awarded ICLQ’s 2017 Young Scholar Prize for his research on the nature and use of treaty reservations.  In 2019, he was awarded an HKD$319,000 grant from Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee (UGC) to research on issues surrounding the cultural rights of persons with disabilities and their right to self-fulfill.



Hong, Mi Hwa is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science & International Relations at Kookmin University. She received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in August 2016. Before joining Kookmin, she worked as a research professor at the Graduate School of International Studies of Korea University and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned her Master of International Studies with a concentration on international cooperation from the Graduate School of International Studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and she obtained a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Korean Language and Literature from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. She studies international relations, international law, human security, and comparative politics with a focus on international human rights institutions. Her specific research interests lie in state commitments to the United Nations human rights mechanisms and states’ activities within those institutions. She examines the consequences of such state involvement in the complex context of multilayered international human rights institutions.  She has published in such journals as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions.