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Kichang Chung

Kichang Chung

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Korea - Trade & Customs

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kichang Chung is renowned in the market for his “skills in delivering legal issues clearly to clients”, who applaud his “effective preparation and his understanding of government administration”. One client effuses that they “cannot find anyone available better than Kichang".


Kichang Chung is a senior foreign attorney of Lee & Ko, Seoul, Korea. He is an expert in international trade, helping sovereign governments, global companies and trade associations to solve problems arising from the international trade in goods, services and IP rights. He also advises clients on the legal and policy issues of the international trade.

Kichang's major practice area is international trade litigation before the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining Lee & Ko, Kichang worked for Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. Kichang has represented the Korean government as legal counsel in numerous WTO disputes, where Korea was a party and a third party. These include the anti-dumping dispute (on certain paper) between Korea and Indonesia, the countervailing duties dispute (on DRAMs) between Korea and Japan, and the sanitary and phyto-sanitary dispute (on beef) between Korea and Canada.

Kichang has represented the Korean government in major WTO disputes between other countries. These include governmental subsidy disputes on large civil aircraft (Boeing and Airbus) between the United States and the European Union; China's export restrictions on rare earth; the United States' country-of-origin labelling measures; and the EU's tariff classification on IT products. He also represented the Korean government as the lead negotiator at the DSU review negotiations, the mandate of which was to clarify and improve the procedural law of the WTO dispute settlement proceedings.

In addition to his expertise on state-to-state dispute settlement under international trade agreements, he also advises clients on regulatory and policy issues related to anti-dumping, subsidies, technical regulation, government procurement, food safety, services, investments and IP rights, arising out of various multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, such as CPTPP and RTAs between Korea and the US, the EU, China and ASEAN. Kichang also advises clients on issues of public international law based on international agreements, eg, OECD, IAEA, and BITs for investor-state dispute settlement.

Kichang often appears in the press. He actively participates in international conferences as a speaker, and gives lectures on international trade law at universities.

Recently, Kichang successfully represented a sovereign client in a trade remedy dispute and in a sanitary and phytosanitary dispute with respect to food safety.

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