Shim Sangmin

Shim Sangmin

Research Fellow

Center for Foreign Policy and National Security

Areas of Expertise  : International law, climate change, environment and energy, Non-traditional security


Dr. Shim Sangmin is research fellow at the Asan Institute of Policy Studies. Prior to his current position at the Asan Institute he worked as assistant professor of international law at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) from 2016 to 2021, and as visiting research fellow at the Sejong Institute from 2021 to 2022. He also served as visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), a private think-tank that conducts research on issues of international environmental law, from 2015 to 2016. Dr.Shim’s legal educational background includes a J.S.D. degree at Stanford University, which was awarded in 2015 with his dissertation entitled, “Structuring Climate Policy in the Korean Electricity Sector: Politics, Institutions and Mitigative Capacity-Building.” He also holds a J.S.M degree at the same university, and is a graduate of Seoul National University (B.A. & M.A. in law).
An expert on international environmental law and policy, Dr. Shim is especially interested in global climate change issues, with a focus on designing economically viable, technologically feasible, and politically acceptable policy tools and strategies with significant emission reduction potentials. His academic interests extend to conventional international legal issues as well, such as peace and security in the United Nations system, law of the sea, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights in North Korea and state responsibility. He also covers a variety of non-traditional security issues, such as climate, environmental, energy and human security.

Academic Background

JSD, Stanford University (2015)
JSM, Stanford University (2002)
MA in Law, Seoul National University (1994)
BA in Law, Seoul National University (1992)

Professional Background

Vice-President and Secretary-General, Korean Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) (2021~present)
Visiting Research Fellow, Center for American Studies, The Sejong Institute (2021~2022)
Director, Korean Society of International Law (KSIL) (2019~present)
Assistant Professor, Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA) (2016~2021)
-Head, Center for International Law (2018~2021)
Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute (2015~2016)
Research Associate, Korea Development Institute (KDI) (1994~2000)