Professor Sungjoon Cho, an authority on international economic law, joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 2003 and teaches courses in international law, international trade law, international business transactions, and comparative law. He earned his LL.B. from Seoul National University in 1989, his M.P.A. degree from Seoul National University in 1994 and his LL.M. in international economic law from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997. In 2002, he received his S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree from Harvard Law School. Professor Cho currently serves as adviser on international affairs and global industrial cooperation to the South Korean government's Ministry of Knowledge Economy and as a consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has held appointments as a Clark Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School, a Research Fellow with Harvard Law School's East Asian Legal Studies Program, and an Emil Noël Fellow at New York University Law School. He has taught at the University of San Diego (Summer Program in Mexico), the Institute of European Studies of Macau, Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), Seoul National University (Korea), and KDI School of Public Policy and Management (Korea). He will be a visiting professor at Fordham Law School in fall 2011 and at Northwestern Law School in spring 2012. Professor Cho's works have been selected for the prestigious Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum twice (2007 and 2008). He has also been awarded the Dean's Challenge Grant, which is provided to Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty members who are most productive, three times (2004, 2006 and 2008). He was appointed Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar in July 2009. Professor Cho has written numerous books and articles on international economic law, including The Economics of Injunctive and Reverse Settlements, 12 American Law and Economics Review 181 (2010) (with Keith N. Hylton); Of the World Trade Court's Burden, 20 European Journal of International Law 675 (2009); Anticompetitive Trade Remedies, 87 North Carolina Law Review 357 (2009); A Quest for WTO's Legitimacy, 4 World Trade Review 391 (2005); A Bridge Too Far: The Fall of the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancún and the Future of Trade Constitution, 7 Journal of International Economic Law 219 (2004); Breaking the Barrier between Regionalism and Multilateralism: A New Perspective on Trade Regionalism, 42 Harvard International Law Journal 419 (2001); The Law of the World Trade Organization through Cases (2007-08) (co-authored with Joseph H. H. Weiler & Isabella Feichtner); and Free Markets and Social Regulation: A Reform Agenda of the Global Trading System (Kluwer Law International 2003). Professor Cho is a regular contributor to the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.
Articles and Essays
Are World Trading Rules Passé? (forthcoming) (with Claire R. Kelly), Virginia Journal of International Law (2013)
This Article probes previously under-explored failure of the world trading rules to keep abreast with...
Beyond Rationality: A Sociological Construction of the World Trade Organization, Virginia Journal of International Law (2012)
This Article critiques the rational-institutional analysis of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that Gregory Shaffer...
Injunctive and Reverse Settlements in Competition-Blocking Litigation (with Keith N. Hylton) (forthcoming), European Journal of Law and Economics (2012)
We distinguish standard settlements, in which the status quo is preserved, and injunctive settlements, which...
Promises and Perils of New Global Governance: A Case of the G20 (with C. Kelly) (with Claire R. Kelly), Chicago Journal of International Law (2012)
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, a new global governance structure emerged. During...
Book Review: Rüdiger Wolfrum et al. eds., WTO: Trade in Goods (2011), Global Law Books (2011)
The Law of Regional Economic Integration in the American Hemisphere (co-authored with J. H. H. Weiler) (2006)
Contributions to Books
Development by Moving People: Unearthing the Development Potential of a GATS Visa, Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (2009)
A New Agenda for Peace: International Trade Law as a Practical Discourse, in Trade as the Guarantor of Peace, Liberty and Security?, Trade as the Guarantor of Peace, Liberty, and Security?: Critical, Historical and Empirical Perspectives (2006)
Rethinking APEC: A New Experiment for a Post-Modern Institutional Arrangement, WTO and East Asia (2004)
The Financial System of Korea and Future Prospects (co-authored with Jeongyeon Keum), The Korean Economy: Current Status and Policy Directions (1996)
Green Protectionism Is No Less Harmful Than Any Other Type, Financial Times (2009)
‘Plan B’ Is Always Inferior to ‘Plan A’, Financial Times (2006)
Lumber Deal Caters for Special Interests, Financial Times (2006)
Conventional Wisdom No Longer Applies at WTO, Financial Times (2005)
Reconstructing World Politics: Norms, Discourse, and Community, ExpressO (2012)
This Article argues that the conventional (rationalist) approach to world politics characterized by political bargain...
A Long and Winding Road: The Doha Round Negotiation in the World Trade Organization, ExpressO (2009)
This article provides a concise history of the Doha Round negotiation, analyzes its deadlock and...
Global Constitutional Lawmaking, ExpressO (2009)
Global Constitutional Lawmaking
This article identifies a nascent phenomenon of “global constitutional lawmaking” in...
An Identity Crisis of International Organizations, ExpressO (2009)
An Identity Crisis of International Organizations
International organizations (IOs) are ubiquitous. More than two...
The World Trade Constitutional Court, ExpressO (2009)
The World Trade Constitutional Court Sungjoon Cho Abstract Although a court, as a judicial organ,...
Book Reviews and Other Shorter Works
The Bush Administration and Democrats Reach a Bipartisan Deal on Trade Policy, ASIL Insights (2007)
Book Review (reviewing Petros C. Mavroidis & Alan O. Sykes, The WTO and International Trade Law: Dispute Settlement (2005)), Global Law Books (2006)
Professors Petros Mavroidis and Alan Sykes have produced a dependable compendium on the WTO dispute...