Jihoon Chun

Dissertation project

“Cherishing the Small, Serving the Great” [字小事大] Collapsed upon “Public Law of All Nations” [萬國公法]: Ching-Chosŏn [淸-朝鮮] Transcendental Protectorate During 1882–1895”

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert, Prof. Dr. Flemming Christiansen

Research focus

  • Late-Nineteenth-century East Asian interpolity relations
  • Nineteenth-century international law and treaty-making practices
  • Translation of pre-modern legal notions of interpolity relations
  • Division and reunification of the Korean nation

Personal profile

Academic appointment

2018–Lecturer in Modern Korean Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Department of Korean Studies. (“North Korean Leadership and Juche Ideology in Their Own Terms” (KB-06 Undergraduate; EB VI Graduate), Winter Semester 2018/2019)
2014 Korea Foundation Junior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, History and Public Policy Program, North Korea International Documentation Project.
2012–2013 Graduate Student Research Assistant, Korea University, School of Law.
2012Student Editorial Board, Korea University Law Review.
2007–2008Tutor, Seoul National University, College English Program Writing Center.


2018–Doctoral Programme on Transnational Institution Building and Transnational Identities in East Asia at the Alliance for Research on East Asia (AREA) Ruhr, supported by the Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR). (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Flemming Christiansen, Prof. Dr. Marion Eggert)
2018–Doctoral Researcher, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Faculty of East Asian Studies, Department of Korean Studies.
2011–2014Master of Law, Korea University, Constitutional Law.
1999–2009B.A., Seoul National University, Economics.
2008–2009University of British Columbia, Department of Economics, Visiting Exchange Program.


09/2019–02/2020Field research at Tsinghwa University (including archival work at the First Historical Archives of China) and at Shanghai University.

Grants and honors

2018–2021 3-year Doctoral Stipends, Mercator Research Center Ruhr (MERCUR).
2018RUB Research School Teaching Assistantship, awarded as a ‘Lehrauftrag’ at RUB.
2012–2013School of Law Research Assistant Scholarships,Korea University.
2009ETS Scholarship Program for Korea, Educational Testing Service.
2008–2009Superior Academic Performance Scholarship, Seoul National University.
2008Sinyang Scholarship, Sinyang Cultural Foundation.
2007Korea Science and Engineering Foundation Scholarship, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation.
20021st Prize of the 02-3 Interpreter Training Program, ROK Army.


2011 News Team Reporter, Arirang TV.
2010Equipment Materials Purchasing Team Staff, LG Chem.
2004Research Assistant, Bain & Company Seoul.
2002–2004Administrative Clerk (Military service), ROK-US Combined Forces Command.


  • “Overcoming the clash of civilizations – of East and West – and (Korean) national reunification”(written in Korean), Minjok-gwa Tong-il [‘Nation and Reunification’] (Monthly publication of Minjok Foundation), Minjok Foundation, April 2018.
  • “System of Government for a Unified Korea: A Study on the Realization of a Collegial System of Government as of Switzerland” (Master of Law thesis, written in Korean) (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Kim Ha-yurl), Korea University, Department of Law, Dec. 2014. Download
  • “Horn on our own forehead”(written in Korean), University of North Korean Studies NEWS, The Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Vol. 104, July 2013, pp. 19–20.
  • “Korean Reunification Based on a Negotiation Approach in Line with a Federal Republic with a Central Government and Two Regional Governments”, Korea University Law Review, Vol. 13, 2013, pp. 61–78, Korea University Legal Research Institute. Download


  • “Defenders of a Confucian Empire Confronted with “Public Law of All Nations”: Ching-Chosŏn [淸-朝鮮] Negotiated Sovereignty and Transcendent Protectorate During 1882-1895”, Association for Asian Studies 2021 Annual Conference, Panel organizer (“New Architects of Empire: Reconfiguring Sovereignty and Authority in Nineteenth-Century East Asia”) and paper presenter, Mar 23, 2021.
  • “Ching-Chosŏn [淸-朝鮮] Suzerain-Vassalage System and De facto Protectorate During 1882-1895”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde e.V. (DGA) Conference on Contemporary Asia, Panel organizer (“Defenders of Empire in Late Nineteenth Century East Asia: Ching-Chosŏn (淸-朝鮮) Negotiated Sovereignty and De Facto Protectorate”) and paper presenter, Mar 11, 2021.
  • “‘Caring for the Small, Serving the Great’ [字小事大] Collapsed upon ‘Public Law of All Nations’ [萬國公法]: Qing-Chosŏn [淸-朝鮮] Protectorate During 1882-1895”, AREA Ruhr Preliminary Results Workshop, Sep 25, 2020.
  • “PRC’s evolving national security interests over DPRK-US confrontations from 1950-1953 to 2018-2019 and beyond”, Shanghai University, Department of History, Nov 8, 2019.
  • “A reexamination of Pak Yŏng-hyo’s (朴泳孝) political thoughts during 1882–1895 – With an emphasis on influences of Meiji Japanese thinkers on Pak’s reform ideas”, The Academy of Korean Studies Conference (“Korean Intellectuals In Between: Configuring knowledge in periods of transition”), Jun 20, 2019, Landesspracheninstitut, Bochum.
  • “Qing-Chosŏn (淸-朝鮮) relations during the period 1882–1895 as seen through the lens of ‘Public Law of All Nations’ (萬國公法) and the collapse of interpolity order of ‘Serving the Great’ (事大秩序)”, AREA Ruhr Proposal and Preliminary Results Workshop, May 17, 2019, Die Wolfsburg, Mülheim.
  • “Qing-Chosŏn (‘Corea’) and Meiji Japan Colliding Over Their Fates – Treaty of Shimonoseki (1895) in a Legal and Historical Perspective”, Mittagsforum, Faculty of East Asian Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Nov 7, 2018.
  • “Rethinking Chosŏn-Qing Relations since Their Forced Opening to the West until the Corean Empire: From Tributary to Treaty-based Relations?”, PBBP Workshop, Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Apr 20, 2018.
  • “Korean Reunification: DPRK’s Perceptions and Strategies”, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, History and Public Policy Program, Jun 25, 2014.


  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde e.V.