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Korean Attorney

Seongcheol PARK

Mr. Seong Choel Park is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Jipyong and advises and represents clients in the areas of litigation and aribitration, construction and real estate, labor, education and North Korea.

Mr. Park has successfully represented clients in numerous complicated litigation and arbitration cases. In particular, Mr. Park is specialized in the constitutional law, administrative litigations and the public law litigations. Mr. Park has much experience in the disputes in the construction and real estate industry, and has a record of winning many important and difficult cases of in the fields of educational administration, labor disputes, disclosure and protection of information, pharmaceutical and medical malpractice, media and telecommunication and entertainment.

Mr. Park has developed his own expertise and know-how in the understanding of the business structure as a whole and provides practical and innovative solutions despite the complicated and complex nature of disputes related to various projects related to urban development and reconstruction, PF projects or private investment projects. Mr. Park has proved his capability and expertise in litigations, arbitrations and mediations with respect to various environmental disputes and construction related disputes arising from subcontracting, construction payment, construction supervision, change of design, purchase and sale of apartments and shopping mall lots, repairing of defects, and compensation for expropriation of land and buildings.

Mr. Park successfully represented clients in numerous significant administrative litigations where fierce arguments were made in the fields of regulation laws focused on construction and real estate industry, labor issues, public contracting, benefits for R&D, disputes related to the Education Act, and North Korea-related businesses. In particular, Mr. Park successfully represented clients in socially significant constitution related cases with regard to the lease clause under the Civil Code, the appointment of judge clause under the Court Organization Act, the Community Credit Cooperatives Act, and the Public Official Election Act. Mr. Park also has a wide range of experience in winning the constitutional and administrative litigations in which he represented the Ministry of Interior and Safety and many public organizations. Recently, he has expanded his legal services into advice and litigation regarding regulation on new industries, turning attention to future industries.

As a researcher appointed by the government departments and the judicature, Mr. Park has actively participated in the tasks of legislation and amendment of many laws and regulations related to the various controlling policies, including the laws of relationship between South and North Koreas, the Education Act, the diplomatic relations law and the judicial administration.

Mr. Park is a member of the Korean Bar. Mr. Park has a LL.M from Queen Mary, University of London, a LL.M in administrative law from Seoul National University and a B.Soc.Sc from Seoul National University.

Education Close

  • 2015Queen Mary, University of London (LL.M.)
  • 2010Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University
  • 2003Seoul National University (B.A. in Geography)

Experience Close

  • 2008-PresentPartner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2021-PresentLegal Counsel, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • 2021-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Personnel Management
  • 2021-PresentLegal Counsel, Korean Sport & Olympic Committee
  • 2021-PresentMember, Committee for Deliberation on Restriction of Government Benefits for Universities
  • 2020-PresentMember, Deliberative Council on Management of Fund for Advancement of Korean Schools
  • 2020-PresentLegal Advisor & Audit Counsel, Korea Advancing Schools Foundation
  • 2019-PresentMember, the Overseas Business Trip for Public Affairs Review Committee of the Ministry of Education
  • 2018-PresentMember, Meritorious Achievements Review Committee under the Ministry of Education
  • 2018-PresentLegal Advisor, Ministry of Education
  • 2018-PresentMember, Administrative Trial Commission, Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education
  • 2016-PresentCommentator, Precedent Cases, the Law Times
  • 2012-PresentMember, North Korean Law Society
  • 2012-PresentMember, Constitution Study Group under the Constitutional Court of Korea
  • 2011-PresentLecturer, National Education Training Institute, Ministry of Education
  • 2009-PresentMember, Construction Law Society
  • 2008-PresentMember, Administration Law Theory & Practice Society
  • 2018-2019Member, the Special Committee for Legislative Evaluation under Korean Bar Association
  • 2017Advisor, Legal Subcommittee, Commission on Shin-Kori 5 and 6 Nuclear Reactors
  • 2016-2018Lecturer, the Special Lecture on Legal Issues in Construction hosted by LAWnB
  • 2016Expert member, Constitutional Amendment Task Force Team, Seoul Bar Association
  • 2012-2014State-appointed Attorney, Constitutional Court
  • 2010-2014Legal Advisor, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  • 2009-2010Member, In-house Counsels Committee, Seoul Bar Association
  • 2008Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

Notable Achievements Close

  • Won the lawsuit of unconstitutionality with regard to the addendum to the Court Organization Act representing the 42th session students of the Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • Won the lawsuit of unconstitutionality with regard to Article 651 of the Civil Act regarding lease term, representing Sinchon Station Development Co., Ltd.
  • Won the lawsuit of unconstitutionality with regard to Article 60 of the Public Official Election Act regarding prohibition on journalists’ election campaign
  • Won the lawsuit of unconstitutionality with regard to the Enforcement Decree of the Inheritance Tax and Gift Tax Act that imposes gift tax on the exempted liabilities for a corporation which had a deficit
  • Won the lawsuit of claim for return of screening fees representing Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation and the Korean government

Honors and Recognitions Close

  • 2021Probono (Litigation) Award at the Third Korea Legal Awards
  • 2020Probono (Litigation) Award and Best Legal Aid Award at the Second Korea Legal Awards
  • 2018Leading Lawyer in Real Estate Practice, Legal Times

Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

[Books]

  • 2020. 6.Blockchain and the Law: The Rule of Code (co-translated), Miraebook
  • 2019. 12.Traded Justice (co-author), (Humanitas)
  • 2019. 6.Debate in the Korean Society: Cons and Pros for Development of Democratic Society (co-author), Myong-In Publisher
  • 2016. 5.Real Estate Development PF Project Act (Co-author) (Pakyoungsa)
  • 2012. 4.How Has the Election Law Made Us Criminals (Co-author) (Wisdom House)
  • 2007. 9.A Constitutional Lawsuit Odyssey - Stories of Constitutional Cases in 18 Themes (Imagine)


[Papers/Forum]

  • 2015. 6.State Crimes and Legal Liabilities, The Quarterly Changbi, Vol. 43, No.2 (Changbi Publishers)
  • 2015. 3.Review of Laws governing Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Business through a Third State Corporation, Law Review, Vol. 5, Seoul National University School of Law
  • 2014. 1.Unconstitutionality of Provision Banning Journalist´s Election Campaign, Journal of Media Law (Co-author), (Ethics and Policy Research)
  • 2013. 1.Dignity of Constitutional Law, Qualification of a Judge, No. 160. Vol. 2. Issue 41 (The Quarterly Changbi: Creation and Criticism)


[Research Reports]

  • 2020Basic Study on Establishing Criteria for Evaluating Human Rights Violation, the National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  • 2020Policy Study on Manuals for the Development of Litigation Capacity of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Education
  • 2019Study on the Development of Textbooks for Education Legislation (Laws and Cases Related to Education), Ministry of Government Legislation
  • 2019Measures to Improve the Investment Dispute Resolution Procedure Related to the Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation
  • 2019Study on Measures to Amend the Applicable Laws and Ordinance after the Implementation of Free High School Education, Ministry of Education
  • 2018Study on the Proposal of Amendments to the Organization of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross Act, The Republic of Korea National Red Cross
  • 2017. 9.Study on Standard Laws for Special Economic Zones of South-North Korea
  • 2016. 11.Study on Legislative Integration Plan for Administration in South-North Korea
  • 2016. 4.Research on Legal Issues in the Proposed International Poverty Alleviation Fund Act, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 2015. 11.Study on Legislative Integration Plan for Education in South-North Korea
  • 2013. 12.Study on Legislations Related to the Development of Mineral Resources in North Korea (Joint Study with NKRI) (Ministry of Unification)
  • 2013. 9.In-Depth Study on Kaesung Industrial District Support Law and Its Development Plan (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Unification)
  • 2013. 5.Study on the Direction of Development for Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Act Law to Foster Community of both Koreas (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Unification)
  • 2013. 1.Research on Improvement of Pay-for-Performance-Based Annual Salary System for Faculties of National Universities (Ministry of Education)
  • 2012. 11.Legislative Study on Proposed Amendment to the Education Law in Line with the Changes in the Administrative Environment (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Education)
  • 2012. 9.Study on Improvement Measures for Remedies Available on Administrative Sanctions applicable in Kaesung Industrial District (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Unification)
  • 2012. 5.Policy Research on Judicial Support for People with Special Needs (JIPYONG) (Administrative Department of the Supreme Court of Korea)
  • 2011. 3.Research on Improvement of the Guidelines on Drawing up Student Cumulative Record File (Ministry of Education)
  • 2011. 1.Report on Preventative Measures and Solutions for Protection of Creditors´ Rights in relation to Kaesung Industrial District (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Unification)
  • 2008. 12.Report on Preparation for Procedural Plans in relation to Administrative Remedies Available Inside Kaesung Industrial District in North Korean (JIPYONG) (Ministry of Unification)

Admissions/Qualifications Close

  • 2008Admitted in Korea

Languages Close

Korean / English