Sung Mi Kim

Ph.D. Candidate
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Dissertation Title
When to Adjudicate? Managing Uncertainty in Global Trade
Sung Mi Kim
Sung Mi Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. Her primary field of research is international political economy, with a particular focus on the management of domestic uncertainty surrounding trade politics. She examines how governments maintain open trade policies when domestic firms face increasing uncertainty over global economic integration. In her dissertation, she addresses this question in the context of the adjudication of international trade disputes.
Sung Mi's dissertation, "When to Adjudicate? Managing Uncertainty in Global Trade," consists of three papers on how central governments and firms adjudicate conflicts that are generated by market integration. States remain committed to further trade liberalization by creating institutions that focus on resolving conflicts arising from the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers, which have become a major source of economic uncertainty. The first paper examines the role of dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) in international trade agreements, while the second paper explores the role of domestic courts in settling international trade disputes. The third paper explores the advantages to building redundant dispute settlement forums in the trade regime.


Research Interests

Fields of Study
International Relations
Comparative Politics