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Sungjoon Cho

Professor of Law

Professor Sungjoon Cho, an authority on international economic law, joined the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty in 2003 and teaches courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, and comparative law.

He earned his LL.B. from Seoul National University in 1989, his M.P.A. degree from Seoul National University in 1994 and his LL.M. in international economic law from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. In 2002, he received his S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree from Harvard Law School.

Professor Cho currently serves as a consultant to the South Korean government's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.  He has also served as an advisor to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.  He has held appointments as a Clark Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Research Fellow with Harvard Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Program, and an Emil Noël Fellow at New York University Law School. He has taught at Northwestern Law School, Fordham Law School, Seoul National University School of Law (Korea), and Catholic University of Lublin (Poland).  

Professor Cho's works have been selected for the prestigious Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum twice (2007 and 2008). He has also been awarded the Dean's Challenge Grant, which is provided to Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty members who are most productive, three times (2004, 2006 and 2008). He was appointed Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar in July 2009.

Professor Cho has written numerous books and articles on international economic law, including Beyond Rationality: Toward a Sociological Construction of the World Trade Organization, 52 Virginia Journal of International Law 321 (2012); The Economics of Injunctive and Reverse Settlements, 12 American Law and Economics Review 181 (2010) (with Keith N. Hylton); Of the World Trade Court's Burden, 20 European Journal of International Law 675 (2009); Anticompetitive Trade Remedies, 87 North Carolina Law Review 357 (2009). His new book (The Social Foundations of World Trade: Norms, Community and Constitution) will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Professor Cho is a regular contributor to the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.

Professor Cho's works and comments have been cited by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Law Library of Congress, Voice of America, United Press International (UPI), The Embassy (Canada), Le Moniteur du Commerce International (France), Canadian Business, and Joong-Ang Daily (Korea). His writings also appear frequently in the international news media, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Hill, Asia Times, and Mae-Kyung Economic Daily (Korea).

From 1994 to 1996, before coming to the United States, Professor Cho represented the government of the Republic of Korea in negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is a member of the bar of the state of New York. He also holds a license to practice law in Korea. Professor Cho has recently been appointed member of arbitration panel roster under Chapter 14 (Dispute Settlement) of the Korea-European Union Free Trade Agreement.