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South Korean Legal Research

Guide to Researching the Law of the Republic of Korea (South Korea)


The following guide selectively covers sources for South Korean law and academic research materials available at Harvard Law School, Harvard University, or through open internet sources.  Aimed at U.S.-based researchers, English-language sources are preferentially featured.

Main Source

Research Guides and Subject Overviews

Research Guides

Subject Overviews of South Korean Law in English

Romanization and Dictionaries

Romanization Systems

Print Collections

Library Print Collection for South Korean Materials

South Korean legal materials are shelved in the Reading Room on the fourth floor of the library. The call number range is KPA 1 to KPA 4990.

The Law School Library has a good subject collection, but the Yenching Library has the larger collection for South Korea.



Administrative Law


South Korea is a civil law system. Case law is secondary. The body of available case law in English is limited.

Articles and EBooks

Law Journal Articles

Academic Journal Articles

Collections with International or Foreign Law Coverage

Historical Digital Collections

Non-law Rare Book Digital Collections


Law Governing Lawyers

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