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Morse TanMorse Tan
Professor of Law

B.A., Wheaton College
M.A., Wheaton Graduate School
J.D., Northwestern University
Phone:  (815) 753-1095

Professor Tan Quoted in Article on North Korea on Voice of America Website

Professor Morse Tan was quoted in the article Addressing the North Korea Human Rights Crisis: Lessons From Cambodia, which discusses how experience gained from prosecuting Cambodia's Khmer Rouge leaders through the "Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC)" might be able to be applied to prosecuting persons responsible for human rights violations and crimes against humanity in North Korea. The article is posted on the section of the Voice of America's website devoted to coverage of Cambodia and southeast Asia.

Professor Tan Speaks at Cornell Symposium on North Korea

Professor Morse Tan spoke at the Cornell International Law Journal's annual International Law symposium on Friday, February 17th, 2017. The symposium dealt with "North Korea: The Legal Frameworks in and around the Hermit Kingdom," and Tan's presentation was called "Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect." A description of the event and details on what the presenters spoke on is still available on the Cornell Law website, and a full video of the symposium is available online as well; Professor Tan's portion begins around the 4:20 mark.

Professor Morse Tan (center) speaking as part of the Cornell International Law Journal's annual symposium.

Professor Morse Tan (center) speaking as part of the Cornell International Law Journal's annual symposium.

Professor Tan Speaks at International Law Forum

On September 23-24, 2016, Professor Morse Tan spoke by invitation of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) at the International Law Forum held at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He served as a discussant for the draft of the book chapter "Institutional Limits of Inter-American Constitutionalism” by Wisconsin Associate Professor Dr. Alexandra Huneeus. He also interacted regarding his own draft of a law review article: "Taking IHI and R2P Seriously: North Korea as a Primary Consideration."

Professor Morse Tan Publishes Article in National Law Journal

Professor Morse Tan shared his perspective in a March 7, 2016 column published in the National Law Journal regarding the increasing military provocations and human rights atrocities in North Korea and the global community's unilateral response.

Professor Morse Tan Participates in Panel at Johns Hopkins University

Professor Morse Tan took part in a panel discussion entitled "U.S. Policy Toward North Korea - The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach" held at Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Professor Tan was invited to the panel due to his extensive research on human rights violations in North Korea, which was the topic of his 2015 book North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises: Narrative and Constructive Engagement. The panel is available to view on YouTube.

Professor Morse Tan Quoted in Al Jazeera America Article

Professor Morse Tan was quoted in an article by Jyoti Thottam that appeared on the Al Jazeera America website on January 6, 2016. Thottam detailed how the North Korean regime's recent nuclear actions may be an attempt to distract UN leaders away from human rights issues. 

Professor Morse Tan Joins Alumnus Rich Lenkov ('95) on WGN's "Legal Face-Off"

Professor Morse Tan was invited to appear with Chicago attorney Rich Lenkov ('95) as a guest on Lenkov's WGN podcast "Legal Face-Off" on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Lenkov and his co-host, Chicago attorney Jason Whiteside, discussed Professor Tan's recent book entitled North Korea, International Law and the Dual Crises: Narrative and Constructive Engagement.


WGN "Legal Face-Off" hosts Jason Whiteside (left) and NIU Law alumnus Rich Lenkov ('95, right) host NIU Law Professor Morse Tan (center) to discuss his new book on North Korea.

Professor Morse Tan Writes on North Korea in National Law Journal

Professor Morse Tan wrote an opinion piece for the February 17, 2014 edition of the National Law Journal.  Tan addresses the issue of human rights in North Korea under leader Kim Jong-Un.  

Professor Tan Writes Guest Column for JURIST

Professor Morse Tan published a comment on February 1, 2014 in the online legal journal JURIST.  The comment addresses potential issues in international law raised by recent atrocities in Syria.

Chicago Area Law Professors to Discuss Syrian Humanitarian Crisis from an International Legal Perspective

Student leaders representing different chapters of the International Law Students Association (ILSA) from law schools around the Chicago area have collaborated to bring together the best international legal scholars in the region for a panel discussion on Syria.  

Professor Morse Tan of the NIU College of Law is one of those scholars.  He will be joined on the panel by Professors Rosado and Brown from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Professors Ward and Kelleman from DePaul University College of Law, and Professor Telman from Valparaiso University Law School. 

The discussion will be from the unique viewpoints of international legal scholars in their respective fields of law.  Professor Tan is a leading scholar on North Korea’s vast human rights violations as well as international criminal law, and has emphasized the importance of continuing the conversation about human rights violations like those happening in Syria.

The panel discussion on Syria will take place at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Ogilvie Auditorium on Tuesday, November 19, at 5:00 p.m. Schools participating in the event include Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Chicago-Kent, Northern Illinois University, DePaul University, and Valparaiso.

The North Korean Security and Human Rights Crises

Professor Morse Tan penned his first piece for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in the publication's September 10, 2013 edition.  The article details developments in North Korea over the past year which Professor Tan argues have created the most significant violations of human rights in the world at present.  

Professor Tan Presents at Faculty Workshop

Professor Morse Tan spoke regarding the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at Valparaiso University Law School along with several other presenters from various law schools as part of a faculty workshop.

Professor Tan Recognized Among Outstanding New NIU Faculty 

During his State of the University Address on October 11, 2012, NIU President John Peters presented a video highlighting a group of outstanding new faculty at the University.  Professor Morse Tan was one of those featured in the video, detailing his choice to come to the College of Law and the benefits of working at NIU.  The video can be found on the NIU YouTube channel.  

Professor Tan Garners Book Contract with Routledge Press

Professor Morse Tan signed a book contract with this well-respected academic press in Great Britain on the national security and human rights crises relating to North Korea.

Professor Tan Meets With South Korean Ambassador

Professor Morse Tan recently had a meeting with Ambassador Y.J. Choi, the South Korean Ambassador to the United States, during which the Ambassador received copies of Professor Tan's scholarship, primarily regarding North Korea.

Professor Morse Tan's Article Featured in SMU Law Review

Professor Tan accepted an offer from SMU Law Review for his article, "Finding a Forum for North Korea", which he presented earlier at the Central States Law Schools' Association annual conference.

Professor Morse Tan Receives Grant

Northern Illinois University has granted Professor Tan a Research and Artistry Grant to support his book project regarding the human rights and nuclear crises in North Korea.

Tan Quoted in Web Article on South Korea

Professor Tan was interviewed and quoted as a source in the following article for in regards to the United States' Free Trade Agreement with South Korea.*

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