Sungjoon Cho

Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 735
Chicago, IL 60661


  • S.J.D., Harvard Law School
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School
  • M.P.A., Seoul National University
  • LL.B., Seoul National University


Sungjoon Cho joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2003. His scholarly research and teaching interests include international law, international economic law, international relations, and comparative law. In his pre-academic career, 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 arbitration panel roster under Chapter 14 (Dispute Settlement) of the Korea–European Union Free Trade Agreement. Professor Cho has advised the Korean government under various capacities. He has taught at Northwestern Law School, Fordham Law School, Seoul National University School of Law (Korea), Korean National Diplomatic Academy and Catholic University of Lublin (Poland). Professor Cho served as a co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law from 2011 to 2013.

He has published numerous books, articles and op-ed pieces related to international economic law. His writings also appear frequently in the international news media, including the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. Professor Cho's works have been selected for the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum twice (2007 and 2008). He received his LL.B. and M.P.A. from Seoul National University. He holds an S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) from Harvard Law School, where he was a Clark Byse Fellow. He is a member of the bar of the state of New York. He also holds a license to practice law in Korea.

Selected Publications


The Social Foundations of World Trade: Norms, Community, and Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2015). 


Legalizing the ASEAN Way: Adapting and Reimagining the ASEAN Investment Regime, 66 Am. J. Comp. L. __ (forthcoming 2018) (with Jürgen Kurtz).

Communitizing Transnational Regulatory Concerns, 18 Chicago Journal of International Law 48 (2017) (with Jacob Radecki & Cecilia Suh).

Comparison Excluding Commitments: Incommensurability, Adjudication, and the Unnoticed Example of Trade Disputes, 26 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 1 (2016) (with Richard Warner).

Double Remedies in Double Courts, 26 Eur. J. Int'l L. 519 (2015) (with Thomas H. Lee). 

How the World Trade Community Operates: Norms and Discourse, 13 World Trade Rev. 685 (2014). 

Beyond Rationality: Toward a Sociological Construction of the World Trade Organization, 52 Va. J. Int'l L. 321 (2012).

The Economics of Injunctive and Reverse Settlements, 12 Am. L. & Econ. Rev. 181 (2010) (with Keith N. Hylton). 

Global Constitutional Lawmaking, 31 U. Pa. J. Int'l L. 621 (2010).  

Of the World Trade Court's Burden, 20 Eur. J. Int'l L. 675 (2009).  

Anticompetitive Trade Remedies: How Antidumping Measures Obstruct Market Competition, 87 N. C. L. Rev. 357 (2009).

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