Law of North Korea

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politics and government of
North Korea

The specific hierarchy of authority in North Korea is the words or personal directives of Kim Jong-un, followed by the Ten Principles for the Establishment of a Monolithic Ideological System, WPK directives —particularly the policy guidance of the WPK Secretariat’s Organization and Guidance Department, the WPK Charter and domestic civil laws, and finally the North Korean Constitution. The WPK, while maintaining the dominant political role within the North Korean party-state, came to serve the leader in primacy above all other political entities. As in other communist political systems, the state and society serve the party, and civil laws do not bind the party.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Songbun- North Korea’s Social Classification System, pg.15

Further reading

  • Chʻoe Chong-go (2005). Law and Justice in Korea: South and North. Seoul: Seoul National University Press. ISBN 978-89-521-0635-3.
  • Kim Jong-il (1986). On Increasing Obedience to Socialist Laws, December 15, 1982. Pyongyang: Foreign Languages Publishing House. OCLC 25030491.
  • Sung Yoon Cho (1988). Law and Legal Literature of North Korea: A Guide. Washington: Library of Congress. OCLC 898316632.
  • Goedde, Patricia (PhD. Candidate of the University of Washington School of Law) (2003). "Law "Of Our Own Style": The Evolution and Challenges of the North Korean Legal System". Fordham International Law Journal.
  • Bryan, Greyson (O'Melveny & Myers LLP); Scott Horton (Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP); Robin Radin (Harvard Law School) (1997). "Foreign Investment Laws and Regulations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea". Fordham International Law Journal.

External links

  • North Korea at the Law Library of Congress
  • Full texts of laws on economy and trade at Naenara
  • Compilation of Laws and Regulations (For Foreign Investment)
  • North Korea at NATLEX (ILO)
  • North Korea at FAOLEX (FAO)
  • North Korea at WIPO Lex
  • Intellectual property laws at Korea Computer Center (archived)
  • Criminal Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1999/2009)
  • "Brushes with the Law: North Korea and the Rule of Law" at
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