Henri Féron

Henri Féron

East Asia and International Law

Henri Féron is a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He focuses on security and legal issues in East Asia, in particular peace and alliance treaties, sanctions, nuclear disarmament, maritime disputes, and human rights. He currently advises several national and international advocacy groups on the Korean nuclear crisis. He is the co-editor of Pathways to a Peaceful Korean Peninsula (Korean Institute for National Unification, 2016) and the author of a critical evaluation of The Chinese Model of Human Rights (2015), his doctoral dissertation at Tsinghua Law School, Beijing.

Prior to joining CIP, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Korean Legal Studies at Columbia Law School. There, he designed and executed research projects concerning the Korean nuclear crisis for the Korean Institute for National Unification, on East Asian maritime disputes for the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology and on the rule of law in East Asia for the Korean Legislation Research Institute.

His research has been published in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Ecology Law Quarterly, Asia-Pacific Journal, China Journal of Legal Science and Ethics and Global Politics. He has been interviewed for or been cited on North Korea in Bloomberg, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times, Quartz, as well as French, Spanish, Singaporean, Chinese and Korean media outlets. He regularly writes on North Korea for The National Interest, NK News and 38 North.

He earned an LL.M. Degree from Columbia Law School in 2016 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), a Ph.D. in Law from Tsinghua Law School in 2015 (Outstanding Student, First Class), as well as an LL.B. in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2009. He is a member of the New York Bar and is fluent in English, French, German, Chinese and Korean.


February 2, 2021

Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War

by Henri Féron

Despite years of negotiations, the United States, North Korea, and South Korea remain locked in a dangerous standoff. This stalemate perpetuates the worsening security crisis on the Korean Peninsula, which poses an existential threat to millions of people. To assess how a peace-first approach can help resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the Korea Peace Now! campaign has produced the present report to examine the political and legal ramifications of a peace agreement.

Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War


May 15, 2020

North Korea’s Kim reappears after weeks of speculation

Henri Feron quoted

North Korea is “at the epicentre of an extremely tense security crisis”, involving “a nuclear standoff where tens of millions of lives are at stake,” Henri Feron, Senior Fellow at the US Center for International Policy, told AFP.

December 31, 2019

All eyes on 'new way' in Kim Jong Un's New Year speech

Henri Féron quoted

"What North Korea refers to as a new path is new in the sense that it will differ from its relatively engaging posture the past two years, but will actually be a return to the posture it maintained notably in the Obama era. It will focus on developing its military leverage and economic resistance to sanctions, while demanding unconditional peace and normalisation before there can be any talk on denuclearisation."

January 2, 2020

Donald Trump’s Three Mistakes on North Korea

by Henri Féron

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s January 1st speech at a Worker’s Party Central Committee meeting put the final nail in the coffin of President Trump’s “maximum pressure and engagement” policy

July 31, 2019

North Korea tests more missiles despite efforts at diplomatic solutions

Henri Féron quoted

Henri Féron is quoted in this piece suggesting that suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises may be necessary if the U.S. wants to continue negotiations with Pyongyang.