On June 28, 2017, Professors Laurent Mayali and John Yoo participated in an international conference in Seoul held by the Korea Legislation Research Institute. A national policy research institute sponsored by the Korean government, KLRI conducts research and provides advice on legislation and the legislative process.
The conference brought together scholars and government officials from the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia to discuss methods for evaluating legislation. In their presentations, Professors Mayali and Yoo discussed the responses of the U.S., Europe, and Asia, to terrorism attacks. While Asia has seen lower levels of terrorist attack than the U.S. or Europe, they argued that Asia is similar to Europe in that much of the response has focused on separatist movements that have adopted terrorist tactics. The U.S. differs in that it has responded to a terrorist threat primarily external in origin. Their presentation set out ways to apply cost-benefit analysis to U.S., Asian, and European counter-terrorism strategies and legislation.
Professors Mayali and Yoo were joined on the panel by Jong Cheol Kim, a law professor at Yonsei University, Felix Uhlmann, law professor at the University of Zurich, and Ok Sun Baek, a KLRI Research fellow. They all benefitted from comments from Professor Susana Davalos of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (and JSD alumna from Berkeley Law), and Gun Yee Bae, a KLRI research fellow.
Professor Mayali and Yoo’s participation in the conference continues a productive relationship with KLRI, which began in 2015 with the first joint Korea Law Center-KLRI conference in Berkeley. That cooperation continued in the 2017 conference in Seoul thanks to KLRI’s current president, Ik Hyeon Rhee, and Jun Young Kim, the Chairman of Korea’s National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Yukyong Choe, KLRI senior scholar and a JSD alumna of Berkeley Law.