Faculty Profiles : HEE EUN LEE
Dean and Professor of Law
Member of the New York Bar

Dean Hee Eun Lee is an expert in public international law. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Yearbook of International Law (Brill) and Managing Editor of both the Encyclopedia of Public International Law in Asia (Brill) and the Encyclopedia of Ocean Law and Policy in Asia-Pacific (Brill). His representative publications include "South Korea," in the Oxford Handbook on International Law in Asia and the Pacific (Oxford University Press, 2019); The Making of International Law in Korea: From Colony to Asian Power (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016) and Northeast Asian Perspectives of International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2013) and Dokdo: Historical Appraisal and International Justice (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2011).

Dean Lee has served on the Board of Directors of Advocates International and the Board of Governors for the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia. He was a visiting fellow at Emory Law School’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion (2011) and visiting scholar at Regent University's Center for Global Justice (2018).

He has made numerous news media appearances and currently has a weekly radio segment with Arirang Radio’s “Good Morning Seoul” program commenting on major legal issues from Korea and abroad. He was also the host of "The Point," a weekly news program broadcast by Arirang TV, Korea's leading English language broadcasting station. Before joining the HILS faculty in 2002, he was associated with Burlingham Underwood LLP in New York where he practiced maritime law and commercial litigation.

Dean Lee received his bachelor’s degree (A.B.) in Political Science and Asian Studies from Vassar College. At Syracuse University, he received his law degree (J.D.) with honors from the College of Law and his master’s degree (M.A.) in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He received his master of laws degree (LL.M.) in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.