Woo-yea Hwang had been Minister of Education and Vice-Prime Minister until spring this year, and presently is a chair-professor of Law at Yongin University.
Professor Hwang was born in Inchon in 1947, and later studied at the Department of Law at Seoul National University, where he received his PhD in 1982. Already since the mid-1970s he started working as a judge at different courts in Seoul and other regions. In 1993 he became a commissioner at the Board of Audit and Inspection, only to join politics three years later. Between 1996 and 2016, Mr. Hwang served five times consecutively as a representative for the conservative party (New Korea Party, Grand National Party, New Frontier Party) in the National Assembly. He held all important posts in the party organization including speaker of a parliamentary standing committee (2004-2006), party floor leader (2011) as well as party chairman (2012). In 2014 was appointed Minister of Education and at the same time Vice-Prime Minister.
Presently, professor Hwang is a short-term visiting scholar at the Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, and conducts studies on his original research theme, the relation between state and the church in Germany, a topic that he has been studying since the mid-1980s.
His talk covers his wide variety of professional experiences, his political philosophy and what he achieved, and his rich experiences as a member of his party.
20.07.2016 | 16:00 - 18:00
Institut für Koreastudien