Professor Yanghee Lee has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child since 2003 and has served as its Chair from 2007-2011 and is currently serving as its Vice-Chair. She has been the guiding force in the drafting, negotiation, and adoption of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC on Communications Procedure.
A national of the Republic of Korea, Professor Lee currently holds joint appointments in the Law School; Department of Child Psychology and Education; and Department of Human Resources Development at Sungkyunkwan University. She has published numerous articles and books on children’s rights, child maltreatment, and developmental disabilities. She has been a board member of many nonprofit organizations, including the UNICEF National Committee of Korea and Save the Children Korea. Professor Lee founded and is currently the President of the International Center for Child Rights, as well as the Korean Association for Children with Disabilities. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Gender Equality. Currently, she heads the Committee on Women and Children Policy under the Ministry of Justice.
She was co-guest editor for three special issues of Child Abuse and Neglect: the International Journal in November 2009, January 2010, and December 2011. She also served as guest editor for the International Journal of Children’s Rights Special Issue in November 2010.
Professor Lee has been the recipient of many recognitions and awards, including the 2007 Year of the Woman Award (Korea) and the 2007 Sungkyun Family Award. She received the 2009 Order of Civil Merit (Suk Ryu Medal), the highest recognition given to a civilian in South Korea, for her work in protecting and promoting the rights of children worldwide. In October 2011 she received the Hyo Ryung Award for her dedication to children and their well-being.