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Yunsoo Shin

S.J.D. 2020

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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. I will analyze 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 will assess whether shareholder empowerment and the Anglo-American corporate governance model is 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 2014-2020
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A. 2018-2020
  • 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, 2014-2020, Program on Corporate Governance, Fellow
  • The Wharton School, 2019-2020, Academic Fellow & Teaching Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, 2017-2018, Teaching Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, Summer 2017, Summer Academic Fellow

Additional Information

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

Languages: English, Korean

Last Updated: February 2, 2021