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The Korean Desk in the Philippines: Facilitating collaboration in international criminal justice

Ki Heun Kim (Department of Foreign Affairs, Korean National Police Agency, Seoul, South Korea)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Article publication date: 12 February 2018



The purpose of this paper is to examine a newly initiated strategy for international cooperation in criminal justice; specifically, the facilitation of a “Korean Desk” between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea, as a case of successful collaboration.


International efforts to formulate and implement the Korean Desk are reviewed, by collecting legal and administrative literature on its implementation.


The Korean Desk, as a newly implemented strategy to handle the increasing incidence of crime by and against Koreans in the Philippines, showed that direct communication and collaboration between police agencies significantly increased effectiveness. Creating the Korean Desk greatly assisted the resolution of criminal matters including extradition, cyber-crime, murder, robbery and others that involved Korean suspects and offenders in Korea and Philippines. The paper describes how the implementation of the Korean Desk evolved, the different roles of the Korean Desk and the police consul, and the substantial, positive outcomes of the project.

Practical implications

Law-enforcement agencies are constantly formulating new approaches to enhance international anti-crime efforts. The successful collaboration described in this paper provides new insights and ideas for how, through close cooperation, agencies can benefit from, and enhance, those efforts. The paper shows how direct communication between the Korean Desk and local police in the Philippines can facilitate investigations, making them efficient and timely. Evaluation of the Korean Desk suggests that it has greatly contributed to international law enforcement.


The overall steps for formulating the Korean Desk strategy and implementing it are examined.



Kim, K.H. (2018), "The Korean Desk in the Philippines: Facilitating collaboration in international criminal justice", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 159-174.



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