Hyunsoo Joo is a partner in the International Dispute Resolution Group at Lee& Ko. She practices primarily in the areas of international trade & customs, international arbitration and foreign direct investment. She has extensive experience in the steel, chemical and electronics industries. Ms. Joo also has experience providing trade remedy with customs advice relating to anti-dumping, subsidy, safeguard and tariff classification. She advises many disputes in related to Investor-State Dispute Settlements(ISDS) under various BITs and FTAs as well.
She has authored various articles, including “A Case Study of ICSID Decision on Jurisdiction of Philip Morris v. Uruguay regarding Tobacco Packaging and Labeling regulation” (International Trade Law) and lectured “Investment Protection and Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement in Korea FTAs ” in International Trade Law training session hosted by Korean Bar Association (2014).
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Joo worked at Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2006 to2014. Throughout her career, Ms. Joo has been actively involved in many FTA negotiations and WTO disputes relating to steel and electronics industry. Especially, she served in various FTA related positions such as the trade remedy negotiation representative for the Korea-US FTA(2006), Service and Investment negotiation for the Korea-EU FTA(2007-8), Korea- Asean FTA(2008) and Korea-India FTA(2008), and Korea-China FTA(2014, legal scrub of all chapters of FTA). She is also involved in the implementation committee for the Korea-Chile FTA, etc. She has also dealt with several WTO disputes such as Korea- Anti-Dumping Duties on Imports of Certain Paper from Indonesia(2007), US- Anti-dumping and Countervailing Measures on large residential washers from Korea(2014) and US-Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from Korea(2014) as representative of the Government of Korea.
As a member of the firm’s International Trade & Customs Practice Group, she is specialized in advising clients on trade compliance issues such as rules of origin for preferential duty treatment under various free trade agreements, other government agency compliance requirements, various international trade issues, including the FTA and WTO matters, and non-tariff barriers such as certification and safety standard, etc.
Most recently, she successfully served as counsel in the second ICSID claim by a foreign investor against Korea and has lectured as an adjunct professor at Hanyang University School of Law.