Jiyoung Song

University of Melbourne; Global Ethics Fellow Alumna

Jiyoung Song is senior lecturer in Korean studies at the University of Melbourne. Song was previously an assistant professor of political science at the School of Social Sciences of the Singapore Management University. Prior to her current position, Song was a fellow/lecturer of political science at the National University of Singapore, associate fellow of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, UN consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Post-doc research associate at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society of the University of Oxford and supervisor at the Department of Politics of the University of Cambridge.

She holds a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies (Cambridge, UK) and LLM in Human Rights (Hong Kong), funded by the British Council Chevening Programme, Selwyn College in Cambridge and the Asia Foundation. Song also worked in South Korea as chief secretary for MP Choi Sung of the National Assembly and human rights officer for the National Human Rights Commission.

Her current research focuses on irregular migration and human security in East Asia and the latest publications include Human Rights Discourse in North Korea: Post-colonial, Marxist and Confucian Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2010) and 'Smuggled Refugees': North Korean irregular migration to China and Southeast Asia, International Migration (2013).

Featured Work

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JAN 28, 2016 Article

Human Rights in Asia and the West

The geographical, national, or ethnic East-West division in human rights thinking is increasingly irrelevant. Instead, multiple layers of horizontal solidarity have been formed through global ...

CREDIT: Amanda Ghanooni

NOV 5, 2015 Article

Jiyoung Song on Asia and the West: "Whose Century?"

Is this the end of the American Century, the beginning of an Asian Century, or none of the above? Is there a model for the ...

NOV 2, 2015 Podcast

American Century, Asian Century, or Nobody's Century?

Is the American century coming to a close, and if so, what's taking its place? Was there ever an American century to begin with? These ...