Wook YOO

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0140
  • F. +82-2-3404-7686
  • E. yoo.wook@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Wook Yoo focuses his practice on administrative litigation, constitutional litigation, legislative and regulatory consulting, environment, defense industry, public contracts, public interest foundations/non-profit corporations, and North Korea.

After joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 1993, Mr. Yoo mainly addressed administrative litigations for five years, and then corporate matters including Samsung Motors' M&A for ten years after 1999. Since 2010 when he organized the Legislation & Administration Team, he has advised the National Assembly and the Government on their legislation, etc.

Mr. Yoo organized the Defense Industry Team in 2012 where he is responsible for providing legal advice on the defense industry. He also took the leading role in the Environment Team on the same year, and has advised his clients on the Environment Act, including air, soils, and water quality, etc.

Meanwhile, Mr. Yoo organized the North Korea Team in 2002. Up to date since 2003, he has provided various relevant institutions and other clients, such as Ministry of Unification and Hyundai Asan, with legal advice on the matters for the inter-Korean economic cooperation including the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and Mount Kumgang.

Mr. Yoo has been a pioneer in the pro bono activities of the law firm by establishing BKL's Pro Bono Committee in 2001 and leading the establishment of the Dongcheon Foundation in 2009. Currently, as a partner in charge of the BKL's Pro Bono Committee, director of Dongcheon Foundation, and head of NPO Law Center, he is focusing on creating a public interest law environment.

Mr. Yoo is currently serving as an advisor at the National Court Administration, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Unification, etc.

Representative Experience

1998-1999 Foreign Attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP, New York
1993-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
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2021-Present Advisor, Unification Legal Affairs Division, Ministry of Justice
2021-Present Counselor, The National Unification Advisory Council
2020-Present Member, Sub-Committee on South-North Cooperation, Policy Advisory Committee, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries
2018-Present Chairman, Gaesung Industrial Complex Legal Advisory Committee, Ministry of Unification
2018-2020 Member, Working Committee on International Development Cooperation, Office of the Prime Minister
2017-Present Vice President, Korean Environmental Law Association
2016-Present Member, Lawyer Pro Bono Award Screening Committee, Korean Bar Association
2016-2018 Member, Policy Advisory Committee, National Human Rights Commission of Korea
2011-Present Member, Judicial Research Committee on Korean Unification, National Court Administration
2009-Present Director, Dongcheon Foundation
2008-2012 Auditor, Foundation Guide Star Korea
2007-Present Adjunct Professor, University of North Korean Studies
2005-2018 Member, Gaesung Industrial Complex Legal Advisory Committee, Ministry of Unification
2004-Present Director, Incorporated Association Yeomyung

Representative Matters

Advised Samsung Motors on its M&A sale
Represented the client in the action to claim settlement commitment regarding the shares in Samsung Life Insurance
Represented the client in the action and constitutional petition seeking to revoke the cancellation of authority of the Ministry of Education with respect to revocation of designation of autonomous private high school (pending)
Represented the client in the administrative action seeking revocation of an order to adjust price of text books rendered by the Ministry of Education
Advised the clients on the Gyeongsang National University Hospital pharmacy case and the Cheonan Dankook University Hospital pharmacy case
Advised Samsung Motors on its M&A sale
Represented the client in the action to claim settlement commitment regarding the shares in Samsung Life Insurance
Represented the client in the action and constitutional petition seeking to revoke the cancellation of authority of the Ministry of Education with respect to revocation of designation of autonomous private high school (pending)
Represented the client in the administrative action seeking revocation of an order to adjust price of text books rendered by the Ministry of Education
Advised the clients on the Gyeongsang National University Hospital pharmacy case and the Cheonan Dankook University Hospital pharmacy case
Advised the client on the case against a director of Gangwon Land for damages arising from donation to the local government and relevant case seeking state compensation
Advised the clients on the establishment of incorporated foundation and public service corporation
Advised the client on its response concerning gaming regulations
Represented the client in the case seeking revocation of reduction of drug prices set forth under the National Health Insurance
Represented the client in the case seeking revocation of a dismissal request against a clinical faculty at a private medical college
Represented client in the administrative litigation involving hospital pharmacies
Advised the client on the regulations imposed on the tobacco industry
Conducted an entrusted service for enactment of a separate law from the Motor Vehicle Management Act
Conducted an entrusted research on the measures to modify or amend the aviation laws and regulations
Represented the client in a request for adjudication on a constitutional complaint concerning the qualification of a foreign-trained dentist as a medical specialist
Conducted an analysis on the legal system of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and the direction for its reasonable operations (2014, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted an analysis on the change of North Korea's legal system concerning special districts of North Korea (2013, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted an entrusted research on South and North Korea's legal systems concerning environment (2013, Ministry of Government Legislation)
Conducted an entrusted research on the measures for harmonization and cooperation between South and North Korea's legal systems concerning intellectual property (2012, Presidential Council on Intellectual Property)
Conducted a research on the measures to improve laws, systems, and standards based on the experience of operating the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (2012, Export-Import Bank of Korea)
Conducted an entrusted research on the measures to consolidate South and North Korea's legal systems concerning labor, education, and environment (2012, Ministry of Government Legislation)
Conducted an entrusted research on the special legislative model for management of consolidation process of South and North Korea (2012, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted a research on the legislative support to enhance competiveness of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (2011, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted a research on the succession of North Korea's international relations upon reunification (2011, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted an entrusted research on the legal resolutions to the social status and Inheritance issues between South and North Korean residents (2009, Ministry of Justice)
Participated in an entrusted research on the measures to guarantee the invested assets in the Gaeseong industrial complex (2009, Ministry of Unification)
Conducted an entrusted service to provide a legal commentary on the laws and regulations and systems of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (2004, Ministry of Unification)

Education

1998 Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
1990 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1986 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Practical Guide to Investment in North Korea (Co-author, Do & Book, 2020)
The Sanctions against North Korea and the Possibilities of Resumption of Gaeseong Industrial Complex (Co-author, Ministry of Justice, 2017)
Background and Significance of North Korea's Enactment of Economic Development Zone Act, Reunification Economy Winter Issue, pp. 68-82 (Hyundai Research Institute, 2013)
Recent Trend and Outlook of North Korea's Legal System for the Special Economic Zone - Hwanggeumpyeong, Rason, and Mount Kumgang Tourist Region (National Court Administration, 2012)
Legal System of North Korea and Understanding of North Korean Laws (Korea Society of Unification & North Korean Law Studies, 2011)
Gaeseong Industrial Complex Related Laws and Regulations and Measures to Secure Performance of Contracts - Regarding North Korea's Applicable Laws and Declaration of Invalidation of Contract (Korea Society of Unification & North Korean Law Studies, 2010)
Transition and Outlook of North Korea's Special Economic Zone Act - Centering around Rason Economic and Trade Zone Act (Ministry of Justice, 2010)
Implications of West German Legal System Concerning East German Refugees on the Legislation for North Korean Refugees, Commentary on the Amended North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act (Korean Bar Association, 2010)
Legal and Institutional Challenges to Build an Inter-Korean Economic Community (North Korean Law Research Society, 2007)
Survey on the Legal System Governance for Peaceful Development of the Korean Peninsula (Co-author, Korea Institute for National Unification, 2006)
Measures to Enhance the Infrastructure of Legal System for Consolidation between South and North Korea (Co-author, Korea Institute for National Unification, 2005)
Legal Commentary on the Laws and Regulations and Systems of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (Co-author, LAWnB, 2004)
Activity
Discussion on the Roles and Challenges of Attorneys-at-law in the Unified Korea (Ministry of Justice / Korean Bar Association, 2011)
Changes and Continuity of North Korea's Legal System for Special Economic Zone-Centering around Rason Economic and Trade Zone Act, Special Legislation Seminar in Response to Reunification on the 65th Anniversary of Independence (North Korean Law Research Society, 2010)
Major Issues Concerning the Family Relations and Inheritance between South and North Korean Residents-Compared with the German's Cases, International Academic Conference on the 20th Anniversary of Germany Reunification (Ministry of Justice / IPUS / HSS, 2010)
Transition and Outlook of North Korea's Special Economic Zone Act and Challenges thereof-Centering around the Rason Economic and Trade Zone Act, Academic Conference Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Establishment (North Korean Law Research Society, 2009)
Implementation of the Act on the Support on Gaeseong Industrial District and Matters to be supplemented in the future, Autumn Academic Conference for Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Legislation (North Korean Law Research Society, 2007)
Methods to Determine the Governing Law for South and North Korea Commercial Arbitration, the 29th Academic Conference by the Special Committee on South and North Korea Legislation Research (Ministry of Justice, 2007)
Methods to Improve the Legal System Concerning the Gaeseong Industrial Complex from the Perspective of Inter-Korean Internal Trade, Spring Academic Conference for Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Legislation (North Korean Law Research Society, 2007)
Current Status of the Legal System of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and Improvement Challenges thereof-Centering around Subordinate Legislation (Business Rules), Topic Presentation at the 19th Meeting of the Special Legal System Research Commission (National Court Administration, 2007)
Introduction to and Implication of the Initial Legislation for the Special Economic Zone in Shenzhen, China-Centering around Legislation of the Labor and Social Security, The Gaesung Industrial Complex Academic Conference (North Korean Law Research Society, 2006)
Speaker, The Gaeseong Industrial Complex and Korea-US FTA, Symposium with respect to North Korea's Development and International Cooperation (Export-Import Bank of Korea / University of North Korean Studies, 2006)
Speaker, Measures for Maintenance of the Legal System for the Success of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, Unification Law Forum (Korean Bar Association, 2005)
Speaker, Matters Concerning Application of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex Legislation - with respect to the future challenges for the legal system of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, Presentation at the regular seminar (North Korean Law Research Society, 2004)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Individual (2019-2020, 2017)
Chambers Global - Leading Individual (2017-2019)
Chambers Asia - Leading Individual (2018)

Qualifications

1990 Korea

Awards and Recognition

Awards and Recognition