Joonghan (Joseph) Jo

Volume 75, Issue 1, 199-232

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted with the hope that it would solve issues regarding discrimination against the disabled. However, the outcome fell short of its aspirations. Many people with disabilities still suffer from ongoing discrimination. This Note argues that the ADA’s heavy reliance on private enforcement is the main reason for this shortcoming. This Note analyzes the effectiveness of public enforcement in South Korea under the Act on the Prohibition of Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, Remedy Against Infringement of Their Rights (Korean Disability Discrimination Act. This Note then argues that civil law country-style public enforcement based on a non-adversarial process can be a solution to this problem.