Civil Code Of The Republic Of Korea

Civil Code Of The Republic Of Korea


The South Korean Civil Code is the largest code among South Korean law. During the period of Japanese rule (1910-1945), Japanese civil code was used, but family law and succession law partially followed Korean customary rules. After the establishment of the South Korean government, the Committee of Law Compilation (법률편찬위원회) proceed to legislate civil code and other codes in 1948 and completed in 1953. The South Korean government supplied the draft to the legislature in 1954, which then passed the civil code into law in 1957 after some amendments, mostly relating to the family law.

After it was enacted, the South Korean civil code has been modified seven times. Especially in family law, patriarchal system of family law was abolished in order to achieve the equality of the sexes in 1990. For example, in the area of child custody, both parents came to have equal rights, and the household registration system (호주제, hojuje) was abolished as unconstitutional. Source:

via Japan to finally be compliant with Hague Convention on child abduction in April 2014 – The Japan Daily Press.

The Misunderstood Miracle: Industrial Development and Political Change in Japan David Friedman Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988, pp. viii, 265


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