Ok-Rial Song

Ken Young-Gak Yun & Jinah Park Yun Visiting Professor of Law


Ok-Rial Song is visiting Duke Law in the 2017-2018 academic year from the Seoul National University School of Law in Korea, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2003, serving as vice dean from 2008 to 2010. Song’s teaching and research interests include corporate governance, corporate finance, M&A, business bankruptcy, game theory and law, and economic analysis of law. At Duke Law he is teaching Comparative Corporate Law in the fall semester and East Asian Law in the spring semester.

Song served as chief editor for the Korean Commercial Law Association in 2013-2014 and for the Korean Law and Economics Association from 2013 to 2015. He actively engaged in recent corporate law reform in Korea, and from 2006 to 2008 served as a member of the Korean delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), participating in designing the Rotterdam Rules on carriage of goods by sea. He was an outside director for Kumho Petrochemical listed in the Korean Stock Exchange from 2014 to 2017, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management Korea from 2007 to 2013. Song was a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in the 2006-2007 academic year.

Song’s recent English-language publications include: Corporations and Partnerships in Korea (Kluwer, 2014, with Kyung-Hoon Chun, Konsik Kim, and Hyeok-Joon Rho); “South Korea,” in Directors’ Personal Liability for Corporate Fault: A Comparative Analysis 265-277, Chapter 10 (Helen Anderson ed., Kluwer, 2008); and “Improving Corporate Governance through Litigations: Derivative Suits and Class Actions in Korea,” in Transforming Corporate Governance in East Asia 91-115, Chapter 5 (Hideki Kanda, Konsik Kim & Curtis Milhaupt, ed., Routledge, 2008). He also is the author or co-author of several books in Korean, including: Lectures on Commercial Law, currently in its 7th edition (2017); Corporate Law: Cases and Materials, with Konsik Kim, et al, in its 6th edition (2016); Merger & Acquisition (2007, with Hwa-Jin Kim); and Korean Corporate Law Reform (2007, with Konsik Kim, et al).

Song received his LL.B., summa cum laude, in 1992 and his Master of Law in 1998 from Seoul National University. He received his LLM in 1999 and his SJD in 2002 from Harvard Law School.