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Brushes with the Law: North Korea and the Rule of Law
Region: Asia
Location: Korea, North
Published June 25, 2007
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Brushes with the law experienced by Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) include its behavior with respect to its own laws, international contracts, international dispute resolution, international treaties, and legal actions taken or required by international organizations and other nations. This paper presents the results of a preliminary survey of the DPRK’s brushes with the law. It represents an effort to identify the laws of the DPRK and note the behavior of the DPRK government with respect to those laws and to legal instruments and procedures it is exposed to in its dealings with other nations. The paper concludes with a suggestion as to a possible policy implication arising from a better understanding of the DPRK’s attitude toward law.

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