About ESDR



Out of the book, out of the box and interdisciplinary human rights teaching and learning

network with noted scholars of social science, including human rights, and make lasting friendships that transcend national borders

often helmed as the most intense and immersive 21 days learning experience by its alumni

What is ESDR

What is ESDR

Longest running flagship international project of KSL

To explore common ESDR issues in South Asian and Asian Pacific Region

To propose feasible, consensual solutions to these issues

With an interdisciplinary, holistic and pragmatic approach

What to expect this year?

What to expect this year?

Presentations and Interaction on areas including but not limited to climate change, conservation of biodiversity and trans-boundary natural resources

excursions to and open classes at serene hill stations and heritage sites

periodic leisure and study hours

Program Information

For the past 12 year KSL has been successfully organizing the International Winter Residential School on Economic Social and Development Rights (ESDR), with new theme and concept every year. The program comprises of national as well as international participants from various countries to discuss on a common platform through interactive dialogues and discussions. The main objective of ESDR is to provide a vision of another country’s culture/ lifestyle, and understanding that the way you live in your house or community is not the way that rest of the world necessarily lives. This platform provides an opportunity to young scholars of social science background to deeply understand the significance of Economic, Social and Development Rights. This winter residential School is a 21 days long program whereby, at the end of the day the deserving participants are awarded with diploma certificates but the horizon of knowledge provided in this residential school is admired by all. Looking down at the history, upon completion of the residential school, ESDR helps student to develop independent opinions, make informed decision and strive to attain fresh goal.

ESDR Features

Common Core and Thematic Areas

Making Sense of ESDR

Interplay between Law and Development and between Human Rights and Economics, Politics, Business

Core Human Rights Treaties and Human Rights enforcement mechanisms

Breaking the generation theory of human rights

Law and Philosophy

Human Rights values thoughout human civilization and around the world

Contemporary Human Rights movement

Universalism and Cultural Relativism

Regional Development and Security

Regional security and development in South Asia and the Asia Pacific at large in retrospect, present and prospect

Foreign Aid and Assitance from ESDR perspective

Protection of  the Himalayas

Protection of the Himalayas

Himalayan ecosystem and biodiversity and contexual socio-economic issues

The Himalayas and Climate Change

Sustainable Development Goals in Himalayan context

Trans-boundary cooperation and regional connectivity for Himalayan protection

Himalayan Biodiversity

Get to Learn From

Meet some of our resource person who provided their valuable input till Thirteenth ESDR.
Prof. (Dr.) Yubaraj Sangroula

Prof. (Dr.) Yubaraj Sangroula

Executive Director - KSL, Former Attorney General, Nepal

Prof. (Dr.) Nomita Aggarwal

Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Delhi University
Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula

Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula

Professor In-charge, ILRSC KSL
Prof. (Dr.) K.P. Oli

Prof. (Dr.) K.P. Oli

National Planning Commission, Nepal
Prof. Zakir Hossain

Prof. Zakir Hossain

University of Chittagong
Prof. Zhu Wenqi

Prof. Zhu Wenqi

Professor, Renmin University of China Former Legal Advisor, ICTY and ICTR
Dr. Khadga K.C.

Dr. Khadga K.C.

Programme Coordinator, Masters in IR and Diplomacy, Tribhuvan University
Prof. (Dr.) Arun Kumar Gupta

Prof. (Dr.) Arun Kumar Gupta

Founding Member, the Institute of Advance Communication, Education and Research

ESDR in Numbers

ESDR is an intense, demanding and immersive diploma course of 21 days. The in-depth and extensive curriculum is developed by experts in various aspects of socio-economic and development rights, and good governance (and added theme each year). The curriculum is designed as a short-term diploma course. Successful participants, after final evaluation, are awarded Diploma on Economic Social and Development Rights. These past 12 editions of ESDR have been a learning and growing platform even for Kathmandu School of Law. Yearly participatory surveys have helped us identify the primary focus area in Economic, Social and Development Rights in South Asia, thus, enabling us to make ESDR more comprehensive and content-specific each year.


Resource Persons 30+

  • 9+ Countries
  • 20+ Professors
  • 9+ Universities
ESDR Participants

Past Delegates 560+

  • 12+ Countries
  • 9+ Universities
  • 12+ Themes/Areas

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