Kathmandu School Of Law (KSL)
in co-operation with Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd)
E-Bulletin (Vol 44)
 

Orientation on Legal Aid Manual

After developing a Prisoners Legal aid Manual, CeLRRd organized an Orientation program on Legal Aid Manual from 4th to 8th November, 2005 at Nagarkot in with an objective to train the legal aid lawyer on the same. 20 legal professionals, who have been working in different regions of the country to enhance legal aid to prisoners, were trained on the guidelines on both the knowledge and skills for legal aid service on the basis of the developed manual. The program was facilitated by International Legal Aid Experts: Mr. Gregorio Tanaka Viterbo Jr from FLAG, Philippines and Ms. Maria Løkke Rasmussen, Program Coordinator from Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark. Inputs from them, particularly, on best practices of legal aid in their respective countries and application of international instruments in domestic situation were useful in many ways to tackle the problems that might encounter in the legal aid process.

The objectives of the legal aid manual were highlighted by Assoc. Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula, Executive Director, KSL. Similarly, the cooperation between DIHR and CeLRRd till now and its future scope were presented by Assoc. Prof. Geeta Pathak, Coordinator of the program. She also dealt with future planning of Prisoners’ Legal Aid Program. Different commitments were made like disseminating National Legal Aid Network membership, organizing central and regional steering committees for conducting the legal aid programs smoothly throughout the nation. To make it more effective, it was also acknowledged that a separate web site has already been designed.

Legal Aid during Pre- Trial and Post-Trial stages were clarified by Yubaraj Sangroula and Kishor Silwal, the Director of CeLRRd respectively. Thus, the 5-days program was helpful in increasing the pace of the legal aid program giving it a new dimension.  

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KSL Participation in Moot Court Competition on Intellectual Property Rights: Student's perspective

Students of Kathmandu School of Law participated in the " Madhavrao Scindia Memorial International Moot Court Competition 2005 on Intellectual Property Rights leading to the Alternative Dispute Resolution" that was convened from 11-13th November 2005 in Delhi. The programme was initiated under the deanship of Prof. Nomita Aggarwal, the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. The team representing KSL consisted of the following participants: 

  1. Nishan Upadhyaya, LL.B.5th yr, Counsel
  2. Ramsharan Pokharel, LL.B. 5th yr, Co-counsel
  3. Rajeshwor Shrestha, LL.M. 1st yr Business and International Trade Law group, Researcher
  4. Mr. Sudeep Gautam, Coach (Associate Professor, LL.M. Business and International Trade Law, Coordinator)

The law students from esteemed universities of various countries had participated in the programme to demonstrate their advocacy skills in the field of Intellectual Property Rights and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Law students from Australia, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, United States, United Kingdom, Bhutan, Mauritius, Srilanka, Hongkong, Taiwan, Singapore, Pakistan, and China participated in the competition.  

The objective and theme of the competition, according to Prof. Nomita Aggarwal was "to distinctly do away with the common systems and adapt the students representing various nations and institutions into the evolving global world economic environment. The theme not only highlights the fact that today laws are harmonized (especially under IPR), the same involves multilateral transactions between parties hailing from diverse nationalities and facing the common problems of finding means to ensure that trade and related matters (including resolution of disputes) can be attained on a common playing field and on acceptable terms.

Besides the stated objective, the programme also aimed at to provide much- needed exposure to the students of Law to test participants' advocacy skills, which would enrich their career as legal practitioners. It helps in developing professional skills of students before they join the Bar and gain a spirit of research and competition among them. This also provides them a forum to interact and develop a bridge of understanding among themselves in setting out a prosperous and congenial family of nations

 For us, the participants from Nepal, it was worth participating in the competition as we had an opportunity to interact with other law students and resource persons and share the experiences.

The competition was divided into three rounds: General Qualification Round, Semi- Final and Final Round. The competition was held in the rooms of International Guests House, University of Delhi. In the first round, the participants from Nepal were tied with the team from Hongkong. In the first round of the competition, the participants from Nepal pleaded in favor of  "respondent" and in favor of "claimant" in the second round. 

The teams from Australia (two teams), India and Srilanka got selected in the semi-final round. India defeated Srilanka and Australia; Deaken University defeated Australia (another team). Finally the competition was between Australian; Deaken University team and Indian team (GG SIPU) and Deaken University team from Australia won. Award giving ceremony was held on 13th November 2005. Participants were given certificates of participation and gifts in the same programme.

The programme was inaugurated by the able son Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) of late Shri Madhavrao Scindia on whose memory the moot court competition was dedicated. The inaugural programme was graced with the presence of eminent scholars and personalities of India including Prof Deepak Pental Vice- Chancellor, University of Delhi, Prof. Nomita Aggarwal, Head and Dean, Faculty of Law, Kiran Bedi, IPS Officer. In the inaugural speech made by Honorable MP J.M. Scindia interalia expressed his words of sentiments and encouragements for Nepal, as he is linked with Nepal personally.    – Perspective by: Nishant Upadhyaya, onbehalf of team.

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