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Hye Weon (Rama) Kim
S.J.D. Candidate

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Globalization of Feminist Legal Thought: A Case of South Korea, 1961-2020

My dissertation chronicles the history of legal feminism in South Korea since 1961 as part of a global history of legal thought. The goal is to make intelligible different legal feminisms as they globalized, split from, and merged with one another and to critically examine how they played out in domestic law reforms. What I am interested in exploring is thus not limited to their differences as feminist ideologies and includes their differences as legal thought.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Family Law and Political Economy with Professor Janet Halley, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Private Law Theories in Germany with Professor Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
  • Legal and Social Theories with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
  • Korean Legal History with Professor Sun Joo Kim, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Additional Research Interests

  • Family Law
  • Private Law Theory
  • Law and Political Economy
  • Law, Gender and Sexuality
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Law and Colonialism


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2018-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2016-2017
  • Seoul National University, J.D. 2012
  • Seoul National University, LL.B. 2009

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Graduate Student Associate, Asia Center, Harvard University, 2022-2023
  • Affiliate, Weatherheda Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2021-2022
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2021
  • Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2018-2019
  • Summer Academic Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2017

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Korean, Japanese
  • Bar Admission: Korea (2012); New York (2021)

Last Updated: July 13, 2023