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The Korea Now Podcast

Feb 16, 2019

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Boris Kondoch. They speak about the legal foundations of the use of force in international law, the right to self-defence, the injunction against the use of force, protections against international aggression, the conditions under which such central legal tenets stand-up and when they fail, the place held by human rights law, the right to humanitarian intervention as a form of remedy, how the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) has been incorporated into the international order, and importantly how these frameworks apply legally and normatively to the case of North Korea.

An expert in international law, Boris Kondoch is a Professor at Far East University in South Korea and the Editor of the Journal of International Peacekeeping. He has previously taught international law and ethics in international relations as a Professor at the graduate school of law and the political science department of Korea University, and held a research fellowship for the President of the German Society of International Law at the Institute of Public Law at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Pertinent to this discussion, Boris is the author of ‘The Responsibility to Protect and Northeast Asia: The Case of North Korea’ (, ‘North Korea and the Use of Force in International Law’ (, and ‘Jus ad Bellum and Cyber Warfare in Northeast Asia’ (

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