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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)



Supervisor, EP 01/Paper 15 International Environmental Law (Mphil in Environmental Policy and LLM Module, 2020-2021)

Editor-in-Chief, Cambridge International Law Journal (Oct. 2020 - )

Student Researcher, Cambridge Pro Bono Project: Action on Armed Violence (Jan. - May 2020)

Managing Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (Oct. 2019 - Sept. 2020)

General Editor, Cambridge International Law Journal (Oct. 2018 - Sept. 2019 )

Paid Intern, Ministry 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 the Marine Environment; International Humanitarian Law; Third World Approaches to International Law; Law of the Treaties; Public International Law; International Relations


Marine Protected Areas and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea


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

Kim, So Yeon (2019), "Should Autonomous Weapons System be Prohibited under the International Humanitarian Law?" in 2019 Glasgow Law Postgraduate Conference at Glasgow, held by University of Glasgow 

Kim, So Yeon (2019), "Difference in the Concept of Sovereignty in Spatial Dimension: Reflecting the Legal Approach to the East Asian Territorial Disputes" in 15th European Society of International Law Conference at Athens, Greece

Kim, So Yeon (2020), "Les vulnérables: Evaluating the Vulnerability Criterion in Article 14 Cases by the European Court of Human Rights" in 2020 Annual Conference of the Society of Legal Scholars Conference

Start Date

Oct 2018