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The European Union and South KoreaThe Legal Framework for Strengthening Trade, Economic and Political Relations$
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James Harrison

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748668601

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748668601.001.0001

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An Introduction to the Legal Framework for EU–Korea Relations

An Introduction to the Legal Framework for EU–Korea Relations

(p.2) (p.3) 1 An Introduction to the Legal Framework for EU–Korea Relations
The European Union and South Korea

James Harrison

Edinburgh University Press

The launch of the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership in 2010 raises questions about the nature and scope of this relationship. This chapter considers the reasons why states decide to pursue bilateral and regional cooperation before giving a general introduction to the development of EU-Korea relations. It explains the history of EU engagement in Asia and the gradual evolution of closer ties with Korea, which was chosen as a priority partner because it is one of the principal economic powerhouses in the region. The chapter notes that this relationship is based upon a number of legal instruments and it discusses the implications of the legalisation of EU-Korea relations. The chapter aims to set the scene for the more detailed discussion of particular aspects of EU-Korea relations in subsequent chapters of the book.

Keywords:   EU-Korea relations, Regional trade agreements, EU Asia Strategy, Strategic partnership, EU external relations, Inter-regional cooperation

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