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Joe Phillips
  • Professor of Justice and Civil Leadership major

Email: joephillips@yonsei.ac.kr
Office: Veritas Hall B403


Professor Phillips is an associate professor in Yonsei’s UIC. He received his J.D. from the University of California – Berkeley’s School of Law, his Ph.D. in international studies from Yonsei University’s Graduate School of International Studies, and a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago.

His current academic research focuses on human rights, law, corporate social responsibility, and international relations. Recent articles include: Debating Same-Sex Marriage: Lessons from Loving, Roe, and Reynolds (forthcoming, Society), Combatting Atrocities in North Korea (Washington Quarterly); Paths of Integration for Sexual Minorities in Korea (Pacific Affairs), Data Disclosures against Information and Telecommunication Service Providers: A Korea-US Comparison (Journal of Korean Law), The BDS campaign against Israel (PS: Political Science and Politics), Same-Sex Marriage, Korean Christians and the Challenge of Democratic Engagement (Society), and Evangelical Christian Discourse in South Korea on the LGBT (Society SSCI). He jointly authors the legal treatise, Personal Injury Deposition Strategies, and, previously, the Family Law Depositions Manual and Texas Torts Handbook.

 Professor Phillips’ classroom teaching has included human rights, social justice, ethics, international relations, business law, international law, political science, political economy, and negotiation strategy.

 Before joining Yonsei, he spent nine years at Pusan National University, piloting the creation and evolution of the Department of Global Studies. He was the founder/director of PNU’s Human Rights Center. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty and a member of the Yonsei Law Journal’s editorial board.

 Professor Phillips practiced law in the United States for almost twenty years and is currently licensed by the State Bar of Texas. His legal practice involved litigation concerning constitutional law, environmental law, product defects, consumer class actions, commercial law, maritime law, securities, and trade secrets.


Ph,D. in International Studies (International Cooperation),
Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University
Seoul, South Korea, 2005-2014

 M.A in Political Science,
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1990-1994

 J.D. in Law, Univ. of California, Berkeley
Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California, USA, 1981-1984

 B.A. in Government, Political Science,
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA, 1977-1981

Courses and Current Research Areas


JCL: Global governance and Diplomatic practice

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