What's New [Rescheduled] [Registration] Dialogues with Adoptees : Law, Policy & Intercountry adoption of Korea(1) 2020-05-14

*Due to the spread of Corona 19 in Itaewon, this event scheduled for May 16th (Sat) this week will be postponed a month later.

|| Dialogues with Adoptees : Law, Policy & Intercountry adoption of Korea

Creation and development of Korean law,
policy and practice on Intercountry Adoption (1950's~21st Century)

- Focusing on the beginning of Orphan Adoption Law and its impact to the world-

According to HCCH and other experts of the world in this issue, there are about 100 countries in the world that actively participate in the intercountry adoption of children. Among them 80 are sending countries and 20 are receiving countries. After the 2nd World War until now, the total number of children who had to leave their own country not only severed from the birth family to be adopted in other countries is estimated to 500,000. 200,000 are from South Korea.
Experts outside Korea know that intercountry adoption was born in Korea and it is the only country in the world that maintained this policy for almost 70 years and never stoped and skipped one year to send out babies. But there are few inside Korea who know about this record and history.
This trial may not be able to fulfill the needs of adoptees to know their origin, birth, or family. However, we wish that it could make a start of a journey for adoptees to know what happened in this country when they are adopted and what this country did to make it happen.
KoRoot is the best place to begin this project, since it is an advocacy NGO to change the focus of adoption discussion from mere charity to the rights of the child. This special lecture is hosted by Dr. Kyung-eun Lee and KoRoot and sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

*** Dr. Kyungeun Lee propsed a lecture series for adoptees to KoRoot at the end of 2019 when she decided to prolong her research on the law, policy and practice of the South Korean intercountry adoption. Her idea begins from the fact that the Korean Society never started a true and serious dialogue with intercountry adoptees from Korea.
This lecture aims to explore the history of the law, policy and practice that made possible this record of South Korea's intercounry adoption.

🔀Outline ==> Please check Reschedule!!
● Project Name: Dialogues with Adoptees : Law, Policy & Intercountry adoption of Korea(1)
Creation and development of Korean law, policy and practice on Intercountry Adoption (1950's~21st Century)
● Date & Time : From 1:20 pm to 5:00 pm on 27th(Sat) of June, 2020
● Place : SeouL NPO Center Pumda  link>>http://www.snpo.kr/npo_about.php#map
● Participants : overseas Korean adoptees who willing to contribute Korea and international community as adoption stakeholders, Adoption related scholars, professionals and activists 35 people in total

● This is a special lecture for overseas Korean adoptees who are willing to contribute Korea and international community as adoption stakeholders, Adoption related scholars, and professionals.
● All lectures are conducted in English and please understand that interpretation is not supported.

1:00-1:20 Registration 
1:20-1:30 Welcome & Opening (Kim Do-Hyun)
1:30-2:45 Lecture 1 : What is Adoption of the Child?(Kyungeun Lee)
             Understanding diverse concept of the adoption of a child according to culture, era and perspective.
             Analyzing confusion of Korean traditional Yang-ja system and modern child adoption law.  
2:45-3:00 coffee break 
3:00-4:45 Lecture 2 :  What is Intercountry Adoption?(Kyungeun Lee)
             Foundation of sending country's orphan adoption law : determining adoptability based on 'abandonment'
             Its impact on the world intercountry adoption phenomena with facts and figures

🔀 Participation Application Guide
● Application Period : From 24rd of April, 2020(Fri)  to 16th of June(Tue)
● Participation Fee : Free of charge
● Condition of application : Overseas adoptees application will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis, other(Non-adoptees) applications will be accepted on the waiting list.
● Sign-up : Please click the sign-up link below
Sign-up link >>https://forms.gle/aLrjoveWhNWKVF2CA

🔀 Lecturer profiles

Speaker : Kyung-eun Lee (Ph.D. in Law)

Director of Amnesty International Korea (2018~2020),
Research Professor of Korea University Human Rights Center (2017~2018),
Board Member of the Korean Association for Human Rights Studies (2019~2020)
Fellow of Henry L. Stimson Center (Washington D.C.) (2018)
Served for the Korean government from 1995 to 2017.
-Position held includes Deputy Secretary for Overseas Communications for President Roh Moo-hyun from 2006 to 2007 and directors in Ministry of Health and Welfare from 2009 to 2017.

During her tenure as the Director of Child Welfare Policy, Korea made the most major changes in its legislation of the adoption of a child, introducing the family court decision in the adoption procedure for the first time in history since the establishment of its modern adoption law in the 1960s. She also initiated the Korean government’s plan to ratify the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and led the government delegation to The Hague in 2013 to sign the Convention.
Her doctoral dissertation topic is “International Legal Protection of the Rights of the Child in Intercountry Adoption” from sending countries perspective, focusing on the procedure to determine the adoptability of the child, as well as the subsidiarity principle in intercountry adoption.

Book and articles in related the related issue

“Intercountry Adoption of ‘Orphans’, State Violence continuing for 67 years”, History of Human Rights of Korea, National Human Rights Commission, (2020)
Baby Selling Country, Mayspring (2019).
“Are Children’s Rights Equal Rights?”Journal of Human Rights Studies, 2(2), 2019.pp.121-141
“International norms on the nationality and the intercountry adoption focusing on the adoptee deportation from the U.S.”Journal of Human Rights Studies 1(1), 2018.pp.117-152.
“The Best Interests of the Child Principle of the UNCRC and the Child Protection Legislation of Korea”, Legislation and Policy, National Assembly of Korea, Vol. 8 (2) (2016.Dec.)pp. 193~219.