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Education CV


University of Cambridge (Oct. 2018 - )

  • PhD in Law

University of Edinburgh  (Sep. 2017 - Aug. 2018)

  • Master of Laws in International Law
  • Master’s Dissertation: Problems and Processes in Restricting Navigation in the Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas

Yonsei University, Seoul (Mar. 2016 - Aug. 2017)

  • Master of Arts in Political Science    
  • Master’s Dissertation: Lawfare over the ‘Freedom of Navigation’ and China’s Changing Naval Strategy and Power

Yonsei University, Seoul (Mar. 2012 - Feb. 2016)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Diplomacy



Cambridge International Scholarship (Awarded by Cambridge Trust)

Scholarship Recipient for Doctoral Study Abroad Program (Awarded by Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, KFAS)

Full Merit-Based Scholarships from Yonsei University    

Full Merit-Based Brain Korea 21+ Scholarships from Ministry of Education   

Best Oralist Award in 8th International Law Moot Court  (Awarded by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea)

2nd Team Prize in 8th International Law Moot Court  (Awarded by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea)

First Prize in International Humanitarian Law Research Paper Competition (Held by Republic of Korea National Red Cross)

High Honors from Yonsei University (Feb. 2016)

High Honors from Yonsei University (Aug. 2015)

Honors from Yonsei University (Aug. 2012)



General Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (Oct. 2018 - )

Paid Intern, Minitry of Justice of Republic of Korea (Feb. 2017 - Aug. 2017)

Resarch and Teaching Assistant of Yonsei University (May 2015 - Aug. 2017)

Paid Intern, Yonsei-SERI EU Centre, Seoul (Mar. 2015 - Aug. 2015)


Fields of research

Law of the Sea; International Environmental Law; International Law of Marine Environment; International Humanitarian Law; Law of the Treaties; Public International Law



Dr. Surabhi Ranganathan

Representative Publications


Kim, Hyun Jung and Kim, So Yeon (2017), “Soft Law at the Crossroad between International Law and International Politics: On the Effect of the UN General Assembly’s ‘Uniting for Peace’ Resolution under the Law of the Treaties,” Dong-A Law Review Vol. 76, pp. 133-163 [in Korean].



Kim, So Yeon (2015), “Is Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Legal Gap of International Humanitarian Law? - ISIL’s Status under International Law and Applicability of International Humanitarian Law”, submitted to the International Humanitarian Law Research Paper Competition, won First Prize [in Korean].

Kim, So Yeon (2015), “Specific Application of Rational Choice Theory/Game Theory : Evaluation on Example and its Validity – Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer”, submitted to the 15th International Law Research Paper Competition held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Korea, won Participation Award [in Korean].

Kim, So Yeon (2016), “International Martime Regime and Escalation of the South China Sea Dispute – Focused on the Freedom of Navigation”, submitted to the 1st Maritime and Territorial Research Paper Competition held by Korea Maritime Foundation, won Participation Award [in Korean].



Kim, So Yeon (2017), “Presence of East Asian Security Dilemma: U.S. – China Dispute in the South China Sea”, in Fifth Global International Studies Conference at Taipei, Taiwan, held by World International Studies Committee

Kim, So Yeon (2017), “The Chasm between Legal Synchronism and Regional Uniqueness: Intertemporal Law on the Acquisition of Territory and the South China Sea Dispute,” in Twelfth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Hiroshima, Japan, held by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network

Start Date

Oct 2018