Prof. Rosenbluth invited by Korean Ministry of Justice
- By Gilien Silsby
USC Law Professor Jean Rosenbluth joined more than a dozen judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys from around the world to share insights on pretrial detention standards and presentence investigation at an international symposium hosted by the Korean Ministry of Justice.
Rosenbluth, director of USC Law’s Legal Writing and Advocacy Program and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, spoke to approximately150 Korean prosecutors and law professors on pretrial detention standards in the United States. She was the only female presenter at the two-day conference in Seoul, Korea.
“The discussion was fascinating,” said Rosenbluth. “We heard the different ways countries conduct pretrial detention and presentence investigations. Korea is very interested in increasing appellate review for detention or release orders, so they want to hear how other countries have structured their systems. Each one of us does it a little differently.”
Deborah Call, associate dean of USC Law’s Graduate and International Programs, said Rosenbluth was invited after a number of LLM students recommended her to officials at the Korean Ministry of Justice.
“We are delighted to have a collaborative relationship with the Korean Ministry of Justice where they send outstanding prosecutors to our LL.M. program each year for study,” said Call. “As a part of our work together, we were very pleased that they extended an invitation to Prof Rosenbluth to represent USC Law at this important conference.
Rosenbluth and the other presenters – who came from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea and the United States – were treated to a VIP tour of Seoul, a meeting with the Prosecutor General and a trip to the Korean prosecutorial facilities.
“They took us on a tour of the city and showed us historical palaces and temples,” she said. “We also ate some amazing Korean food. I definitely tasted several delicacies for the first time, including duck egg and jellyfish.”
Yeoung Jun Park ’07 LLM was able to spend time with Rosenbluth during her trip to Seoul as well. While Park attended USC Law to earn his LLM degree, Rosenbluth spoke with him often about prosecuting criminals in the two countries.
Rosenbluth and the others visited a popular Karaoke bar after dinner one evening, where she belted out “California Dreamin’,” to the delight of her Korean hosts.
“The Ministry of Justice staged a fascinating conference and were the most gracious of hosts,” Rosenbluth said. “I certainly hope that the synergistic relationship between USC and Korea continues well into the future and that I can continue to play a role in it.”