Ha-kyoung Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Academy of Korean Studies. Her research examines the legal power of premodern Asian states. By examining legislative processes and legal practices of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910), she intends to construct an alternative theory of the state. By analyzing treason cases recorded in the Interrogation Records, her dissertation explored the characteristics of state power in eighteenth-century Korea.
Lee’s recent publication includes “Court, Law, and the State over Petition in Late Chosŏn” Journal of Legal History, No.63 (2021, in Korean), “The King at the State Tribunal in the late Chosŏn Dynasty,” Yonsei Law Journal, Vol 31. No.3 (2021, in Korean), “False Charges of Treason in the Late Chosŏn Dynasty,” Journal of The Korean Political Science Association, Vol. 54, No.1 (2020, in Korean), and “The Confucian Tradition and Politics,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia (2019, with Youngmin Kim and Seongun Park).
Currently, she has two ongoing projects: “Law, Crime, Punishment and the State in Premodern Era” (Fellowship from National Research Foundation) and “State, Law, and Society in 19th century Korea” (Fellowship from the Institute for Legal Studies, Yonsei University).