The Korean Society of International Law, established in 1953 in the midst of Korean War, is the oldest academic society in Korea having pursued, through the study of international law, contributions to the rule of justice and law in international society. Friendship and co-operations among members are another aim of the Society.
When Korea first encountered with modern international law of Western origin, it gave hope to Korean people that it might protect them from imperialist interferences and aggressions. However, international law could not guard them from the historical tragedies which they were coerced to experience. We can find the main reason of this inability of international law in its innate defect at the time. The international law in the late 19th century and early 20th century was a law convenient for and servicing to the colonial expansion of the imperialist States. Nonetheless, we imagine the possibility that the historical events for the Empire of Korea might have gone different course, though very slight one, if Korea had been more capable of accurate understanding of positive international legal rules and invoking them in international relations for its interests. Indeed, Korea, through its historical experiences, realized that international law is very important law as it may give dominant influence to the fate of a State. It is needless to say that this importance of international law remains the same for Korea. In light of this, the significance of the roles and mandates assigned to the KSIL requires no emphasis.
Making contributions in addressing international legal issues Korea is facing is not the sole mission of the KSIL. The KSIL also aims at the development of fairer and more just orders in international society.
Today, international law is permeating every corner of life. Free traveling of foreign States and daily consumption of goods produced in various countries are made possible through international law. The examples of the international regal rules closely related to our daily lives are so numerous to enumerate. I hope that all the visitors to this Home Page find out these familiar features of international law, have more close feelings towards it, and acquire lots of useful information about the law. At the same time, I expect your further concern in, participation to and support for the activities of the Society.