Mayor’s Bio

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Mayor Park Won-soon

Born March 26, 1956 in Changnyeong, South Gyeongsang Province

  • 1974Graduated from Kyunggi High School
  • 1979Entered Dankook University and majored in History 
  • 1980Passed the 22nd bar examination
  • 1982District Attorney at Daegu District Prosecutor’s Office
  • 1991Earned an International Law diploma from the London School of Economics
  • 1992The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 1995Secretary-General of People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (1995-2002)
  • 2001Executive director of The Beautiful Foundation (2002-2010)
  • 2011Elected as Seoul’s 35th mayor
  • 2014Elected as Seoul’s 36th mayor

Awards

  • 199810th Feminist Movement Award from the Korea Women’s Association United
  • 200215th Simsan Award for scholarly and citizens campaign contributions and the Volunteer Award from Seoul Bar Association
  • 2003Activist of the Year Award from Citizen’s News and the Citizen’s Award for contributing to the people
  • 2006Received the 10th Manhae Award (activist category) and received the Philippines Magsaysay Award in the public service category
  • 2007Received the 21st Danjae Award (scholarly achievement category)
  • 2007Received an award at the 15th Buddhism Human Rights Awards

Theses

  • 1993Is Japan Punishable for Its War Crimes?
  • 1994Tokyo War Crimes Trial, a Forgotten History of Indignity
  • 1995How Nations Were Punished for Their Crimes
  • 1997Measures for Systematic Reformation for the Prevention of Corruption
  • 1998Systematic Reformation of Korea’s Civil Society
  • 2000Female Figures in Tokyo’s Juridical System
  • 2004Financial Transparency of Non-Profit Organizations