■ Institute of Middle East Studies holds the presentation ‘Middle East’s Low-Carbon Green Growth Policy and Its Investment Environment’
The Humanities and Social Science Research Project Agency of the HUFS Institute of Middle East Studies (Director Park Jae-Won) held a presentation entitled ‘Middle East’s Low-Carbon Green Growth Policy and Its Investment Environment’ jointly with Korea International Trade Association (KITA) at COEX, Seoul, on March 25, 2022 (Friday).
During the first session, Deputy Head Eisa Al Samahi of the the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Seoul and Economic and Cultural Officer Abdullah Al Anezi of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Seoul gave a presentation on their respective nation’s green growth policies and investment environment. Their presentations were followed by a Q&A session with participants. In the second session, Lee Gwon-Hyeong, Asia and Middle East Team Leader of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy; Park Gwang-Soon, former Senior Researcher at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics & Trade; and Sohn Seong-Hyeon, Research Fellow at Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, gave presentations and debated on small- and medium-sized companies’ business strategies to captalize on the Middle East’s green growth policies.
■ Institute of Indian Studies HK+ National Strategies Research Project Agency holds the Himalayan Humanities Lecture
The HK+ National Strategies Research Project Agency of the HUFS Institute of Indian Studies (Director Kim Chan-Wan) held the three-week Himalayan Humanities Lecture this February.
The event presented lectures on less-accessible topics and drew much interest from participants. The lectures included: ▲‘India’s Jugaad Spirit and Its Utilization Methods’ (PhD. Kim Yong-Sik, Senior Researcher at POSCO Research Institute), ▲‘India’s Non-Aligned Movement and the Korean War: Centered on the Movements of NNRC and CFI’ (PhD. Rah Yoon-Do, Emeritus Professor at Konyang University), and ▲‘The Indians’ Life and Love From Films That You Can Watch Today: The World of Apu Begins Now’ (Writer Jeong In-Chae, CINE 21’s Deli Reporter and Writer).
The HUFS Institute of Indian Studies is currently conducting the National Research Foundation of Korea’s Humanities Korea Plus (HK+) National Strategies Research Project on the theme “Great Transition in India: A Korean Perspective on Indian Studies – Establishment of Global Institute of Indian Studies”
■ Institute of Latin American Studies’ HK+ National Strategies Research Project Agency holds Asia’s first international conference on “Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature” together with UN Harmony with Nature
The HK+ National Strategies Research Project Agency of HUFS Institute of Latin American Studies (Director Jeon Yong-Gap) held an international conference in support of and in partnership with UN Harmony with Nature, a UN SDGs official programme. The three-day conference, entitled “An Alternative Worldview in the Post-COVID Era: Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature”, was held from February 14 (Monday) through February 16 (Wednesday), 2022.
The international conference, held online by HUFS and in support of the National Research Foundation of Korea, was Asia’s first large-scale academic event to address the theme of Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature. With the global ecological crisis escalating along with the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was joined by numerous UN Harmony with Nature experts as well as 176 scholars, legal experts, and government and NGO officers from 30 countries on six continents (7 keynote speakers, 132 presenters, and 37 conference chairs). The conference gave them a unique opportunity to seek a feasible and sustainable way for humanity to live in harmony with nature and an alternative worldview for the post-COVID era.
The keynote speeches were delivered by seven renowned experts and scholars who are leading the efforts to solve the ongoing environmental and ecological crisis.
The keynote speakers, in unison, warned against the severity of the ecological crisis caused by the greed of capitalism and offered a common solution. Their claims can be generally summarized into the following four points. First, a shift in perception from human-centric thinking to non-human-centric and earth-centric thinking is necessary to achieve a paradigm shift for the solution of the ecological crisis. Second, humans, under the awareness of the earth community, should seek harmony with nature as part of nature and admit that nature, as a subject, also has its own rights. Third, the harmonious coexistence of humans, non-humans, and nature requires the development of appropriate laws and governance, that is, earth law and earth governance. Lastly, to achieve these changes, education on earth law, earth governance, and nature’s rights as well as active action and a fight for changes are needed more than anything. In particular, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic is an urgent call for humanity to take immediate action to address the climate crisis, stressing the need for actions based on laws and regulations and multilateral and multi-sectoral cooperation.
This international conference held significant meaning not only for Korea, but also for the entire world. It introduced ‘Earth Jurisprudence’ and ‘Rights of Nature’, two concepts not well known in Korea, and marked the largest international academic event since the establishment of UN Harmony with Nature in 2009. It was also meaningful for the HK+ National Strategies Research Project Agency of the HUFS Institute of Latin American Studies, the host of the event. The research project agency, which is currently conducting the HK+ research project on the agenda “Latin America, the Platform for the Transformation of Civilizations: From Industrial Civilization to Ecological Civilization”, was able to enhance its international standing and awareness, successfully laying the foundation on which it can grow into a world-leading research institute. UN Coordinator Maria Mercedes Sanchez, who worked with the Institute of Latin American Studies throughout the entire process of planning the conference, developing the program, and arranging the participating experts, said in her keynote speech at the closing ceremony watched by experts around the world, “The HUFS Institute of Latin American Studies will be a critical partner that can provide UN Harmony with Nature valuable advice not only on ‘Earth Jurisprudence’ and ‘Rights of Nature’, but also on decreasing biodiversity, the climate crisis, and other ecological crises from the non-human-centric perspective.” She went on to say, “UN Harmony with Nature hopes to maintain solid and continuous cooperation with the HUFS Institute of Latin American Studies going forward.”
■ Institute of EU Studies-JMCE jointly holds the 2022 EU Student Conference
The HUFS Institute of EU Studies (Director Kim Bong-Chul) and the HUFS Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE, Director Kim Si-Hong) hosted a joint conference at the Grand Conference Hall on the 11th floor of the Main Building on February 9, 2022 (Wednesday). Entitled “2022 EU Student Conference”, the conference was held by HUFS JMCE. It was established by the HUFS Institute of EU Studies, the leader of European studies in the nation, and through the support of the European Union in March 2011. Since its foundation, HUFS JMCE has been collaborating with various domestic and foreign organizations to promote the diplomatic ties between Korea and the EU. The conference was also organized by the Korean branch of EURAXESS, a joint research exchange initiative of the European Commission.
Joined by 10 undergraduate students from the HUFS Seoul Campus and Global Campus, the conference dealt with various issues related to Europe and EU member states, including socio-cultural, political, and environmental issues. In his congratulatory remarks, Professor Kim Bong-Chul (International Studies), Director of the HUFS Institute of EU Studies, stressed that among universities with the same name of “foreign studies”, HUFS is the clear leader in regional studies, in particular, European studies, and has the largest number of departments related to European education and research. He went on to ask the participating students to use the conference as a platform to pursue further study in regional studies.