International Symposium on Dokdo Island, May 7

April 30, 2009

WASHINGTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Washington Coalition for Dokdo Island (WCDI) is holding, in conjunction with USNews, an international symposium on the Dokdo Islands on May 7 at the National Press Club. The International Symposium, scheduled to start at 12:00 PM for a three-hour session, is aimed at unraveling the ongoing territorial disputes between Korea and Japan over the lone islands, also known as Liancour Rocks, on the historical and international law perspectives with the participation of scholars known as world authority on the thorny problem.

The following is the roster of scholars announced by the WCDI.

Dr. Coalter Lathrop

Duke University, School of Law


Dr. John K.T. Chao

National Chengchi University, Taipei

“On Legal Dispute of Dokdo between Japan and Korea”

Dr. Pilkyu Kim

University of Maryland University College (Ret)

Reassessment of Korea-Japan Relations: Acquisition of Dokdo/Takeshima and “Effectiveness”

Dr. Christopher C. Joyner

Georgetown University

“The Dokdo/Takeshima Dispute Rethinking the Interplay of Law, Diplomacy and Geopolitics in East Sea/Sea of Japan

Dr. Yuji Hosaka

Sejong University

“Japanese Distorted Logic Claiming Sovereignty over Dokdo:

Historical Analysis between Japan and Korea”

Dr. Jon M. Van Dyke

University of Hawaii-Manoa

“Addressing and Resolving Dokdo Matter”

Mr. Norman Z. Cherkis

Five Oceans Consultants

“Dokdo: Western Involvement and the Case for Korean Sovereignty.”


Dr. Coalter Lathrop, Duke University, School of Law

Dr. Bonnie S. Kim, George Washington University

Both Korea and Japan lay claim to Dokdo, and both claim a long historical and geographical connection with the isles.

WCDI was founded last year in a join session of the four major Korean-American associations in the Washington metropolitan area with a view to tackling with Japan’s claims to the islands. The latest campaign includes contacting text book publishers and local counties to rename the Sea of Japan to East Sea. The Dokdo islands lay in the East Sea, and many of the maps in American textbooks indicate this sea as the Sea of Japan, when there is still a dispute on the name. WCDI is campaigning to correct the textbooks and maps so that people, especially school children have the correct information, rather than absorbing the distorted history from the World War era.

Steve Choi, president of WCDI, said, “At this symposium we want to look into the historical facts and perspectives of the issues in relation to the International Law, so that we may find answers to the baffling questions as, Why are these islands of Dokdo off on the East Sea near the Korean Peninsula such an issue and why are these islands known as Takeshima in some parts of the world?

SOURCE Washington Coalition for Dokdo Island (WCDI)

Source: newswire

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