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28.5.07

Searching for Solutions or Cheerleaders?

The following Jungbu Ilbo article, "Inha University, Int'l Academic Conference in Search of Solutions for Dokdo Problem" was written the day before the May 28th conference. Here is my translation:

"Inha University, Int'l Academic Conference in Search of Solutions for Dokdo Problem"

On the 27th, Inha University announced that, together with Northeast Asia History Foundation (Chairman Kim Yong-deok), it would hold an international academic conference on the topic "Towards a Framework for the Resolution of the Territorial Dispute between Korea and Japan over the [sic] Dokdo"at the Seoul Grand Hilton Hotel on the 28th

Larry A. Niksch, Asia Expert at the US Congessional Library; Jon M. Van Dyke, Professor of Law at Hawaii University in the US; and Kentaro Serita, Professor of Law at Aichi-gakuin University in Japan, will attend the conference and present papers entitled, "The Korean-Japanese Territorial Dispute as Part of Korean-Japanese Estrangement," "A Study of the Legal Issues Related to Sovereignty over Dok-Do," and "Historical Changes in Use of the Seas and an Island."

Professor Van Dyke, especially, considers the Korea's exercise of sovereignty and historical evidence to be stronger than Japan's. He is expected to assert that it is necessary for Korea to exert greater effort in voicing her claims to international law institutions.

Hong Seung-yong, president of Inha University, said, "Though they differ in their preceptions and the way they arrive at their conclusions, this conference is important in that all the international scholars insist that Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo be recognized."

Yes, I guess in Korea it is important to know the conclusion of a conference before it even begins, especially when you expect all the international scholars to agree that Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo should be recognized.

4 comments:

  1. Absurd ceremony to advertise Korean propaganda, isn't it?
    How one can call it "conference" if result is already fixed?

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  2. Anonymous28/5/07 10:29

    As if this is about compromise and peaceful resolution. With the absence of 'Takeshima' in the title of the conference, it seems a bit biased, yes.

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  3. Prof. Serita Kentaro is a specialist of international relationship and he seems to be interested in human rights, but he has not been a specialist of Takeshima/Dokdo.
    http://www.ne.jp/asahi/uzo/uzo/serita/

    Without knowledges about the history of Takeshima/Dokdo, how he discussed about this matter?
    Gerry, do you have some information how was the "conference" yesterday?

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  4. "Professor Van Dyke, especially, considers the Korea's exercise of sovereignty and historical evidence to be stronger than Japan's."

    I hope Korean government will invite more cheerleaders, and in turn the cheerleaders will persuade Korea to send the issue to ICJ.

    That is what the lawyers are supposed to suggest.

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