Korean Legal Research at the University of Washington

Updated February 18, 2016 | Please send comments to Rob Britt: rrbritt@uw.edu
Prepared by William B. McCloy. Updated by Kelly Yun Ju Kang and Rob Britt

Finding Laws

Collections of Laws

  • In English
    • Statutes of the Republic of Korea. -- Seoul: Korea Legislation Research Institute, c1997- .
      KPA13 1997 at REF (Reference)
    • KLRI Statutes of the Republic of Korea (Online)
      Online version of the preceding entry. Create a free account for more detailed access to laws.
    • The Korean industrial property laws. -- Seoul, Korea: Korea Patent Attorneys Association, 1996.
      KPA1155 .A2813 1996 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)
    • Economic laws on foreign investment in Korea. -- [Seoul]: Ministry of Legislation : Korea Legislation Research Institute, c2000.
      KPA13 2000 at REF (Reference)
    • Commercial laws of the world. Ormond Beach, Fla. (P.O. Box 2187, Ormond Beach 32074): Published for members of the Foreign Tax Law Association, 1976- .
      K1004.15 1976 at Reference Area
    • Tax laws of the world. Published for members of the Foreign Tax Law Association. Ormond Beach, Fla., [1964?]- .
      K4504.15 1974 at Reference Area
    • Digest of intellectual property laws of the world / [edited] by Lester Nelson. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications, [1975-1998]. This title ceased publication with 1998.
      K1401 .W675 1975 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)
  • In Korean
    • Law&b (UW restricted)
      • 138,000 precedents
      • 4,900 current ordinances, treaties and statutes
      • Includes detailed commentaries and other information about Korean law
    • 大韓民國現行法令集. Taehan Min'guk hyŏnhaeng pŏmnyŏngjip. -- [Seoul]: Pŏpchech'ŏ, 1989- . Updated 2003.
      KPA12 .T36 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)
    • 大法典, Taebŏpchŏn. --Sŏul T'ŭkpyŏlsi: Pŏpchŏn Ch'ulp'ansa, 1975- .
      KPA12 .T33 at CLAS (Classified Stacks). Latest ed. at REF (Reference)
    • 大韓民國法律沿革集, Taehan Min'guk pŏmnyul yŏnhyŏkchip. -- Sŏul T'ŭkpyŏls: Han'guk Pŏpche Yŏn'guwŏn, 1994- .
      Note: This 32 vol. looseleaf set is a historical record of how South Korean laws have changed through the years.
      KPA15.K684 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)
    • 稅法, 國際法, Sepŏp, kukchepŏp. -- Sŏul T'ŭkpyŏlsi: Pŏpchŏn Ch'ulp'ansa, 2000- .
      KPA3550.3 .S462 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)
    • 稅法 通覽, Sepŏp t'ongnam. -- Sŏul T'ŭkpyŏlsi: Pŏpchŏn Ch'ulp'ansa, -1999
      KPA3550.3 .S46 at CLAS (Classified Stacks)

Tools for Finding Laws

In addition to searching for laws in databases or print publications, it is often fruitful to search the websites of government agencies. Some examples are included below. All agency websites are in Korean but most have limited information in English as well. (Usually there's an "English" tab in the upper right hand corner.) Information in English is never as complete as in Korean.

Collections of Treaties


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