KLC | Law and Privacy in the New Normal: Long-term COVID-19 Containment Strategy

Monday, June 29, 2020 at 4:00pm

Virtual Event

The Center for Critical Korean Studies, the Korea Law Center at UC Irvine, and the American Law Center and Cyber Law Center of the Korea University Law School present:

Law and Privacy in the New Normal: Long-term COVID-19
Containment Strategy
Monday, June 29 | 4:00 p.m. 

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This webinar will discuss the role of law and privacy in long-term COVID-19 containment strategies both in the US and Korea.

Korea is the only major country affected by COVID-19 that has neither closed its borders to any country nor mandated general lockdowns. Korea found success instead by quickly re-activating Section 76-2 of the Infectious Disease Prevention Act legislated in 2015 in response to MERS. Implementation of this contact tracing law has been embraced by the public in Korea. Even after the COVID-19 curve has flattened, Korea continues to be proactive with its tracing policy in an effort to maintain its open-border, open-business policy.

Due to privacy concerns, the U.S. has yet to legislate a new law that would allow for an effective location tracking of patients and contactees. Several Senate bills were recently proposed, including the Exposure Notification Privacy Act on June 1, 2020, which attempts to protect consumer privacy while promoting public health, but these are still being debated. As the U.S. re-opens businesses, the evaluation of Korean law from human rights and trans-constitutional perspectives is urgent.

Experts will discuss the role of law in both the United States’ and Korea’s response to the COVID-19, and critically reflect on South Korea’s success, in the hope of making a contribution to the American legal community.


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Michele Goodwin

Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of law at UCI and is the founder and director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and its internationally praised Reproductive Justice Initiative. 


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David Kaye

David Kaye is a clinical professor of law at UCI and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the freedom of opinion and expression.

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Kyung Sin Park

Kyung Sin Park is a professor at Korea University's School of Law. He is the co-founder of executive director of Open Net, a completely donor-funded not-for-profit organization aimed at providing a forum for discussion and collaboration to explore effective policies and solutions.

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Nohyoung Park

Nohyoung Park is a professor at Korea University's School of Law. He teaches and researches on international law, legal aspects of cyber security, data protection, digital trade and negotiation/mediation. He is responsible for the Cyber Law Center at Korea University's School of Law.

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