A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Peaceful Transition to Democracy: A Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum
Colloquium | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Eshleman Hall, Bay View Room (5th Floor)
Tae Sup Geum
Join us in a Conversation with South Korean National Assemblymember Tae Sup Geum to talk about the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, and the implications it has for South Korea, its relations with the United States and the state of democracy as a whole. How was a peaceful transition of power possible in South Korea, and how could it be possible elsewhere? This event is open to all Berkeley community members, and open Q&A will be possible after a moderated conversation.
Tae Sup Keum is an elected Congressman of the 20th National Assembly of Korea, representing a district of Gangseo, Seoul.
Keum is a Ranking Member of the Legal and Judiciary Committee of the National Assembly. Keum also served as a Ranking Member of the Working-level Preparatory Group for Impeachment of President Park Geun-hye and drafted the impeachment bill in 2016. In the following presidential election in 2017, Keum served as a spokesperson and the chairman of the Strategy and Planning Committee of the Minjoo Party of Korea (also known as a Democratic Party of Korea). Keum is a specialist in government reforms including judicial reforms. Keums primary interests are rebuilding political order in the post-impeachment period and finding possible diplomatic solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue.
Prior to the National Assembly, Keum served as a prosecutor of the Supreme Prosecutors Office for 12 years. In 2006, Keum contributed an article titled A prosecutors advice for coping with summons and investigations. While Keum was widely acclaimed as a Prosecutor standing up for people and Courageous prosecutor, he was stigmatized as a whistle blower within the Prosecutors office, and later resigned. Then, Keum worked as a lawyer, broadcaster, and author. In 2011, Keum joined Park Won-soons Seoul Metropolitan Government Mayoral Campaign as an advisor.
Keum was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and is a graduate of the Seoul National University (LL.B.), Cornell Law School (LL.M.), completed doctoral program majoring in critical law and criminal procedure at the Seoul National University. Keum passed the 34th National Judicial Examination in 1992 and New York Bar examination in 2001.
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