SOAS University of London

Centre of Korean Studies

Symposium: Disability in North Korea

Disability Symposium
Mun-chol Kim (Committee of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled); James Hoare (SOAS); Mike Cowin (UK FCO); Kee Park (Harvard Medical School)

Date: 31 May 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 31 May 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Symposium


Organised with DULA International, this symposium aims at raising awareness of the disabled experience in North Korea.  Speakers drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines will focus on the relationship between the international community and North Korea from a disability rights perspective.


Mun-chol Kim: Chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Federation for the Protection of the Disabled. The KFPD’s mission is to represent and advocate the rights and interests of persons with disabilities in the DPRK.

James Hoare: An Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1969, and worked mainly on China, Japan and the Korean peninsula. He served in the British Embassies in Seoul and Beijing. In 2001-2002, he was the first British representative in Pyongyang, DPRK (North Korea).

Mike Cowin: Joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1988. He is a member of the FCO Research Cadre, covering Korea and Japan. He has served in Tokyo, Seoul and, in 2012-2014, as Deputy Head of Mission in Pyongyang.

Kee Park: Affiliated with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School as the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar. Medical member of DULA International


This event is free but registration is essential. Register here

Organiser: CKS/DULA