Lee Soo-sung

This is a Korean name; the family name is Lee.
Lee Soo-sung in 1996.
Korean name
Hangul 이수성
Revised Romanization I Su-seong
McCune–Reischauer Yi Susŏng

Lee Soo-sung (born March 10, 1939, South Hamgyong, Hamhung) is a South Korean politician and legal scholar. He was Prime Minister of South Korea from December 18, 1995 to March 4, 1997. Prior to becoming prime minister, he was president of Seoul National University.[1][2]

He later served as the executive vice chairman of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification, the presidential advisory body on unification with North Korea.


He was born in Hamgyongnam-do, Hamhung, Hamhung-gun, studied and graduated with a law degree going on to become a judge and following tenure as a lawyer went on become Associate Justice. During the Korean War he was abducted into North Korea.

Lee Soo-sung enrolled into the Law School of Seoul National University in 1956 following graduation from Seoul High School. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1961 and also received LL.D. from the same University.[3]

His teaching experiences include various positions such as full-time lecturer, assistant professor, associate professor during 1967~1978, exchange researcher at the Pittsburgh University in the USA for 1970~1971 and the Dean of School of Law at the Seoul National University during 1988~1990. He was then appointed to the post of the 20th President of the Seoul National University in 1995 while he was teaching as a professor at the same University. He was also appointed as the board chairman of the Samsung Press Foundation and as the Prime Minister of Korea by Kim Young-sam Administration in December of the same year.[4] Accordingly, he resigned his post as the President of the Seoul National University.

Following his resignation as the Prime Minister in 1997, he ran for the primary election of the presidential candidate of the New Korea Party but lost the election. In 2000, he founded Democratic National Party along with Kim, Yoon Hwan and Lee, Gi Taek, and ran for the 16th general election without success. During the period of 1998~2000 under Kim Dae-Jung Administration, he was actively involved in international activities including executive vice-chairman of the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea.

Although he initially ran for the 17th Presidential Election in 2007,[5] he voluntarily withdrew his candidacy for the purpose of unification of candidate for the ruling party and maintained neutrality in election. In the Presidential Election in 2012, he supported the presidential candidate of the Democratic United Party, Moon Jae-in.[6]


  1. Fincher, Scott (December 16, 1995). "Amid Scandals, Legal Scholar Chosen New Prime Minister". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  2. "Article: Ex-Premier Lee Soo-sung Likely to Enter Politics.". Korea Times. Seoul, Korea. January 6, 2000. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  3. Lee Soo-sung (이수성) Daum people
  4. 새 총리 이수성씨, December 16, 1995 한겨레신문 New Prime Minister of Korea The Hankyoreh
  5. 이수성 전 국무총리 대선출마 선언 October 11, 2007
  6. 이수성·정운찬, 문재인 지지 선언 경향신문 December 11, 2012 Kyunghyang Shinmun

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Preceded by
Lee Hong-koo
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Goh Kun
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