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Hye Weon (Rama) Kim
S.J.D. Candidate

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Towards Comparative Law from the Periphery: Traveling and Changing Legal Ideas on Family, Sex, and Gender in Korea and the United States

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Family Law and Political Economy with Professor Janet Halley, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Private Law Methodologies in Germany with Professor Holger Spamann, Harvard Law School
  • Critical Legal and Social Theories with Professor Duncan Kennedy, Harvard Law School
  • Legal History of Korean Private Law with Professor Sun Joo Kim, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Family Law
  • Private Law Theory
  • Children and the Law
  • Gender and Sexuality Law
  • Law and Society in East Asia
  • Comparative Law
  • Conflict of Laws


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2018-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M. 2016-2017
  • Seoul National University, J.D. 2012
  • Seoul National University, LL.B. 2009

Representative Publications

  • Rama Hyeweon Kim, Historicizing Same-Sex Marriage Debate in the Legal Periphery: Savigny, Nakagawa, and the Korean Marriage, 33 Minn. J. Int’l L. (forthcoming, 2024) (awarded the 2023 Colin B. Picker Graduate Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law)

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Teaching Fellow, Family Law of Poor Families, Harvard Law School, 2024
  • Graduate Student Associate, Asia Center, Harvard University, 2022-2023
  • Affiliate, Weatherheda Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2021-2022
  • Teaching Fellow, Family Law, Harvard Law School, 2021
  • Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2018-2019
  • Summer Academic Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2017

Additional Information

  • Languages: English (fluent), Korean (native), Japanese (reading and research)
  • Bar Admission: Korea (2012); New York (2021)

Last Updated: May 31, 2024