Yanghee Lee
Nationality Republic of Korea
Committee Committee on the Rights of the Child
Date First Elected 02/13/2003
Date Term Expires 02/28/2013
Position on Committee Committee member
Professional Background Main professional activities:
- Founder and President of the Korean Society for the Rights of Children with disabilities
- Vice-Chair of the Korean Association for Child Studies
- Co-Founder and Governing Board Member of Korean Council for Children’s Rights
- Governing Board Member of the Korean Association for the Prevention of Child abuse and Neglect
- Member of the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Member of the Korean Counseling Psychological Association
- Member of the Korean Developmental Psychology Association
- Member of the Korean Association for Special Education
- Member of the Ministry of Justice Advisory Committee

Other main activities in the field relevant to the mandate of the treaty body concerned:
- Co-drafter of General Comment No. 9 Rights of Children with Disabilities
- Inaugural Lecture for the Executive Masters Program (Sion, 2007)
- Chaired the Regional Workshop for the Implementation of the Concluding Observations to CRC for 8 Francophone African States (Burkina, Faso, 2007)
- Oral Report to the GA (New York, 2007)
- Addressed CRC-CEDAW Symposium (Bangkok, 2007)
- Addressed ‘World Fit for Children in a Europe Fit for Children’ (San Rossore, 2007)
- Town Hall Meeting and Round Table Discussion during World Fit fir Children +5 (2007)
- Delivered Third Annual Lecture at Children’s Law Center (Belfast, 2008)
- Keynote Speaker at Symposium on Framing Legal and Human Rights Strategies for Change “ Expanding human rights to persons with disabilities: Laying the groundwork for a 21st Century Movement” (University of Washington, 2008)
- Keynote Speaker at Third International Policy Conference on the African Child: Child Poverty in Africa, “Child Rights, Child Wellbeing and Child Poverty” (Addis Ababa, 2008)
- Addressed the Executive Board Meeting of UNICEF (New York, 2008)
- Addressed Council of Europe initiative against corporal punishment of children: International launch Zagreb, 2008)
- Addressed EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM: Ethics and paediatric clinical research in Europe
(Marseilles, 2008)
- Addressed Global Summit for International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Chicago, 2008)

List of most recent publications in the field:
- Everyone has a right to be happy: Children’s rights education program. Korea, 2005
- A Study on the Development of Self-Regulation Rating Scale. Journal of Korean Council for children’s Rights, 2005
- A Study of the parental Attitudes, Stress, and Coping Behavior in Mothers of Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders(PDD). Journal of Human Life Sciences, 2005
- Validity and reliability of the Korean version of Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale(K-MSLSS). The Korean Journal of Developmental Psychology, 2005
- Effect of group art therapy on depression, self-concept and life satisfaction in children of single parents. Journal of Human Life Sciences, 2006
- Development of a Web-Based “Think World” program to decrease aggression and increase problem solving skills of elementary school students. The Korean Journal of Counseling and Psychotherapy, 2006
- Foreword to Children as Active Citizens Government commitments and society’s obligations for children’s civil rights and civic engagement in East Asia and the Pacific: A policy and programme guide. Unicef, 2007
- 18 Candles in 18 Candles, IDE & OHCHR, 2007
- Children and their rights, Korea, 2007
- Development and validation of the resilience scale for children in Grade through 6. Korean Journal of Child Studies, 2007
- Child maltreatment and resilience: Mediating effects of cognitive function and social support, Korean Journal of Child Studies, 2008
Educational Background- Bachelor of Science in French (minor in Chinese), Georgetown University (USA)
- Master of Education in Early Childhood Education for the Handicapped,
University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)
- Ph.D in Early Childhood (Support Area in Child and Family Development),
University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)
Current occupation - Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child
- Professor at Sungkyunkwan University (Joint appointment: Faculty of Law and
Department of Child Psychology and Education)
- Executive Board Member of the Korean Committee for UNICEF
- Member of the National Coordinating Committee on Children’s Policy
- Advisory Member of National Human Rights Commission
- International Board of Trustee Member of African Child Policy Forum
LanguageKorean (Hankuko), English and French
Working LanguageFrench, Spanish, English
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 since May of 2007. She has been reelected as Chair of the Committee in May of 2009. A national of the Republic of Korea, Dr. Lee holds memberships in numerous societies and associations including the Korean Society for Special Education, the Korean Psychological Association, Korean Counseling Psychology Association, and has served as vice-president of the Korean Association of Child Studies. She is a founding member of the Korean Association for Persons with Autism, the Korean Council for Children’s Rights, and the Korean Society for the Rights of Children with Disabilities. She serves on the Executive Board of the following: Korean Association for Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Korean Council for Children’s Rights, the UNICEF National Committee of Korea, and Save the Children Korea, Advisory Committee of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, and Advisory Committee for Human Rights Education of the Ministry of Justice.

Dr. Lee received her B.S. in French from Georgetown University and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Early Childhood Special Education for the Handicapped from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a faculty member of the Department of Child Psychology and Education with Sungkyunkwan University since 1991. She has held various academic posts including Chair of the Department of Child Psychology and Education, Dean of Continuing Education, and Dean of Human Life Sciences. Currently she holds joint appointment in the School of Law.

She has published numerous articles and books on identification, treatment, and prevention of developmental disabilities; child abuse and neglect; early intervention; development and validation of diagnostic tools and therapeutic intervention programs; and counseling young children. In addition, Dr. Lee has developed educational and play materials for the education of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She has delivered several key note speeches at numerous International Conferences and World Congresses, including the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children held in Rio; World Congress for ISPCAN held in Hong Kong; Third Regional Congress for ISPCAN in Saudi Arabia; Africa Child Policy Forum held in Addis Ababa; and Council of Europe International Launch for Campaign against Corporal Punishment. She is the guest editor for the 2009 Child Abuse and Neglect: International Journal Special CRC Anniversary Issue.

Dr. Lee has been the recipient of many recognitions and awards including the 2007 Year of the Woman Award (Korea) and the 2008 Sungkyun Family Award.