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Yunsoo Shin

Yun Soo Shin

S.J.D. Candidate

Fellow, Program on Corporate Governance

Associate, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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“Why Did Shareholder Activism Fail in Korea?: Interplay among Chaebols, Civil Society and Legal Institutions”

My dissertation aims to identify the political determinants of the corporate governance regime in South Korea after the 1997 Asian financial crisis. It analyzes political dynamics that have transformed corporate governance in Korea, particularly in terms of shareholder activism. I focus on the role of civil society and the failure of shareholder activism that was once expected to rescue Korean economy from a distorted corporate governance system of Korean conglomerates, a.k.a. chaebols. By exploring the economic, political and social factors that thwarted shareholder activism and subsequent legal reforms for investor protections, my project assesses whether shareholder empowerment and the Anglo-American corporate governance model are feasible in Korea.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Corporate Governance with Professor Reinier Kraakman, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Corporate Finance with Professor Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
  • Law & Economic Development with Professor David Kennedy, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Political Economics
  • Law & Economics
  • International Arbitration
  • Korean Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2014-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. Program 2013-2014 (requirements fulfilled, degree waived)
  • Seoul National University, LL.M. 2010 (completed coursework)
  • Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, Diploma, 2008
  • Seoul National University, LL.B. 2006
  • Seoul National University, B.S. 2003

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, Summer Academic Fellowship, 2017
  • Harvard Law School, Program on Corporate Governance, Fellow, 2014-Present

Additional Information

Bar Admissions: New York, United States (2015); Korea (2008)

Languages: English, Korean

Last Updated: July 6, 2017