Kathmandu School Of Law (KSL)
in co-operation with Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd)
E-Bulletin (Vol 47)

KSL Student bagged Excellency Award one more time in Bangladesh

Mr. Apurba Khatiwada, LL.B 2nd year student of Kathmandu School of law was awarded Professor Z.I. Chowdhury Memorial Trophy for Academic Excellence after his adjudgement  of academic proficiency in the program entitled 6th Human Rights Summer School organized by  Empowerment Through Law of the Common People (ELCOP), from 14th to 26th December 2005 in Koitta, Manikgunj, Bangladesh.

Students from Kathmandu School of Law for the third time participated in the Sixth Human Rights Summer School (HRSS), which covered the theme of “Non-State Actors and Human Rights”. With Seven other Universities from Bangladesh and India, students from KSL, Apurba Khatiwada, Niranjan Adhikari, Rajib Sangraoula, Pravinata Osti and Suprity Timilsena, were among forty-Seven student participants.  Assoc. Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula acted as the resource person on behalf of KSL for the program.

With the theme of Non-State Actors and Human Rights, and with the pursuit of turning law students into ‘human rights militant’ with ‘rebellious Lawyering’ HRSS proved to be an edifying platform for students, who were involved in the intellectual discourse on various contemporary issues of human rights. As this year’s HRSS covered Non-State Actors and Human Rights, more stress was given to the importance of Non-State Actors such as NGOs, MNCs, Civil Society in preserving Human Rights of the people. At the mean time the real picture of the current situation regarding Non-State Actors and Human Rights was also portrayed, showing some dismal and some really bright examples in this regard. Even though a definite theme of HRSS was in place, still students were oriented in various aspects of Human Rights, such as historical antecedent of Human Rights, Implementation mechanism of International Bill of Rights and so forth, so that a definite outcome for students was inevitable. Moreover, participants were also taken in actual setting through community visit Programme on 23rd December 05, which also provided Human Rights education with new dimension.

During their participation in HRSS, students from KSL along with other participants were also involved in various group activities. Students started the first day with the drafting of the Fundamental Charter of Rights and Duties of the people of Adhikarbhumi. Then with every new day participants were involved in group exercise covering wide array of contemporary social concern especially issues regarding Human Rights of the people. All participants, from KSL, were also involved in Moot court competition, which definitely sharpened the mooting capabilities of students and introduced them to the possible areas of improvement in this regard. Apart from collecting the Moot Court experience, students at the end of the Programme were motivated to be a Human Rights militant and realized their responsibility towards the people of the society as a Lawyer or as law students. With the experience of street Law, community work, moot practice in human rights issue, theoretical background on Human Rights and various Non-State Actors, participants felt really fortunate in being part of HRSS.  

The sixth summer school of HRSS concluded with the adoption of the charter of the fundamental rights and duties and the sixth HRSS declaration on the 26th of December 05. On the very day some participants were also awarded for their distinguished participation in the Summer School and in this term Apurba Khatiwada, LL.B 2nd year student of Kathmandu School of law was awarded Professor Z.I. Chowdhury Memorial Trophy for Academic Excellence, after securing highest mark in the test so given to the students covering the scope of 6th HRSS and other relevant Human Rights issues.    

To the pride of KSL, Mr. Ram Sharan Pokharel and Ms. Sadhana Ghimire were awarded by Best Performance Trophy and Fellowship Award in the year 2003 and 2004 respectively in the same program.

Report by: Apurba Khatiwada on behalf of team

Assoc. Prof. Geeta Pathak & KSL participants / Mr. Khatiwada  holding the award


Golden Jubilee Ceremony of Nepal Bar Association

Nepal Bar Association (NBA) was established in Nepal on 7th Poush, 2013 B.S by provision of Supreme Court Act, 2013. To mark the 50 years of its establishment, NBA organized a two days programme on 6th and 7th Poush, 2062 hosting a Tea-Party gathering and other various programs respectively.

6th Poush, 2062

On 6th Poush 2062, Tea-Party was hosted for the invitees. The invitees included Chief Justice and other Justices of Supreme Court, Appellate Court, District Court, Special Court and Tribunals. The senior Judicial Officers, Legal Professionals, Academicians, Personalities of the Civil Society and representatives from CeLRRd and faculty and students from Kathmandu School of Law were also invited in the program. Tea-Party was received by Shambhu Thapa, President and Madhav Banskota, General Secretary of Nepal Bar Association.

7th Poush, 2062

The program started with morning rally from Maitighar to Birendra International Convention Center (BICC), which was participated by NBA's President Shambhu Thapa, General Secretary Madhav Banskota, other lawyers, staffs and students from Kathmandu School of Law, and journalists. Participants of the rally displayed Banners and Playcards with slogans demanding rule of law, democracy, human rights and sustainable peace in the country.  The rally then formally convened at BICC Madhav Banskota, General Secretary of NBA initiated the program, requesting the Chief Guest Dilip Kumar Poudel (Rt. Hon'ble Chief Justice of Supreme Court), Chairperson of the program Shambhu Thapa (President of Nepal Bar Association), Judges of Supreme Court, Presidents of Professional Organizations, Former Presidents and Secretaries of NBA, other Lawyers, Journalists and Guests to take their respective chairs.

Program began with briefing of the past and present scenario of NBA. In the program, different speakers delivered their views on the history of NBA, rule of law, democracy, human rights and the present crisis prevailing in the country.

Four prominent personalities of Nepalese Legal Profession who contributed in forming NBA in today's form were honored in the program by Chief Justice Poudel with metal- scriptures in glass- frame. The honored figures were Senior Advocates Bashudev Dhungana, Kusum Shrestha, Sarbagyaratna Tuladhar and Damannath Dhungana.

In the program, Advocate Bijayakant Mainali delivered welcome speech on behalf of NBA. Other Speakers, who expressed their views in the program included Subash Chandra Nemwang, Advocate (Supreme Court) who focused that the present crisis of politics is autocracy, lawlessness and unconstitutionality of the state. It can be brought in track by making judicial review from competent and independent judiciary. He said. Next speaker was Bishnu Nisthuri, President, Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ). He highlighted that the Judiciary should always be independent, fair and reasonable in order to protect the rights of civilians and expressed his wish that judiciary would be more attentive and conscious in its functions in future. Keshav Bhattarai, President, PAPAD (Professional Alliance for Peace And Democracy) was next to speak that NBA has always shown its concern in conserving the rights of the people. Beside its legal approach, it has always been fighting strongly for democracy, human rights and rule of law. It has established itself as a guardian of other organizations in present situation. Similarly, Rt. Honble Dilip Kumar Poudel, Chief Justice (Supreme Court) accentuated that the competent and active Bar is always the backbone for independent judiciary and can help in guiding behavior of the judiciary. He emphasized that the Bar should always act like the watchdog of people's rights with fair comments on the activities within the judiciary. He expressed his consent in every step of Bar that ensures justice. Shambhu Thapa, President, NBA mentioned that NBA never tolerates the situation where judiciary becomes incapable, hatred and discarded by any autocratic means. NBA always wants judiciary to be in reverential position, as disrespect of judiciary directly affects the status of Bar, he underlined. . He added that if any Chief Justice or Justice, who stands in favor of people, is sacked by autocratic rulers the subsequent Judges will be boycoted by the Bar.

In the program, Senior Advocates Radheshyam Adhikari, Bishwokant Mainali, honoured Personalities Kusum Shrestha, Bashudev Dhungana and Sarbagyaratna Tuladhar, Advocates Harihar Dahal, Guru Prasad Baral, Prakash Osti shared their experiences and expressed opinions about the present context of the country.


KSL and CeLRRd members at the rally


Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Bar Association

Kathmandu School of Law (KSL) organized an interaction programme on “Role of Nepal Bar Association to Advance Legal Education and Law Colleges to Strengthen the Bar” on 6th Poush 2062 at KSL. The programme was organized on the ceremonial occasion of Golden Jubilee of Nepal Bar Association (NBA).

The programme was carried out on the chairmanship of Prof. Madav Prasad Acharya and was participated by students of KSL and the respected invitees. Invitees of the programme were Mr. Shambhu Thapa, President of NBA Mr. Madhav Baskota, Secretary General of NBA and Mr. Kanak Bikram Thapa, Dean of Law faculty, Tribhuwan University.

 Asst. Prof. Ashish Adhikari, Head of Department, LL.B program welcomed all the participants and highlighted on the importance of strong relationship between Law College and Nepal Bar Association. He expressed thanks to NBA for cooperating KSL in its efforts to promote legal education and seek for the same in future.

 On behalf of LLB students, Ms. Abhilasha Risal, student, LLB 4th year KSL, made commitment to serve Nepal Bar as per its need. She focused that there should not be any conflict between any college and Nepal Bar. In such case the conflict has to be settled through mutual understanding. 

 Similarly, on behalf of LLM students, Mr. Bimal Dhakal, LLM 1st year KSL, expressed his view that a socially responsible lawyer is a building block of the successful Bar. Highlighting the inextricable relationship between Law College and Bar, he said that Bar has to recommend law colleges to introduce new curriculum as per the national need.

 Prof. Kanak Bikram Thapa, Dean, Law Faculty, Tribhuwan University addressed the programme focusing the relevancy of cooperation between Law College and Bar Association. He highlighted that Lawyers should not only play the role of Barrister but they should also play the role of solicitor particularly in context of Nepal.

 Assoc. Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula, Executive Director, KSL urged the bar members to conduct a survey to inspect the situation of law colleges in the country. He highlighted that this is a high time to review the situation and to strengthen needful cooperation between academic institutions and the Bar as each can play crucial role in promoting democracy.

 Mr. Sangroula further expressed that KSL is committed to fulfill the requirement as needed by the Bar producing competent human resources in the legal field.

Secretary General Mr. Madhav Baskota felt sorry about the problems faced by KSL students with regard to the equivalency as a major challenge in harmonizing the legal institution. Stating that such activities can negatively affect the psychology and faith towards legal education of students; he reiterated that such trend should be stopped. At personal level, he promised to cooperate in solving such problems. Mr. Baskota inspired the student to continue to strive for social change and at the same time invited them in all programmes organized by Nepal Bar.

Shambhu Thapa, President of Nepal Bar Association, basically highlighted on the importance of Bar. He said that Bar is a platform to discuss on the matter so as to promote justice. Explaining about three types of lawyers viz. Activists, In house lawyers, and the lawyers who comes close to court in litigation, he claimed that law being the multidisciplinary approach is attached with different other social sciences and lawyers and academic institutions are the agencies to promote Human Rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. Thus, we all must join our hands in this juncture, he shared.

Mr. Thapa promised to provide support personally and at organizational level to the institutions like KSL that are working for the nation.  

Mr. Tanka Raj Aryal, Research officer of KSL thanked the invitees for their valuable opinions on the topic. Lastly, Prof. Madhav Achary concluded the program highlighting a new one year master degree program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws being launched by KSL from 2006.


TOT on Mediation

CeLRRd has been organizing a TOT program since 29th December, 2005 as a continuation of the community mediation program. It will last for next 10 days. For the last few years, this program was under The Asia Foundation, and was run in Nawalparasi, Kanchhanpur, Dhading and Banke disticts. Simultaneously, Danida has now undertaken this program so as to implement it in the two districts, Morang and Bardiya. After an orientation program in the individual district, a TOT program is being held at The Hotel View Brikuti, Godawari in Kathmandu. Afterwards the same participants will be responsible for running whole the activities of the mediation program in their respective district.

The program was inaugurated by Mr. Kishor Silwal, Director of CeLRRd. Mr. Sudeep Gautam, Program Coordinator and Mr.Rammani Gautam, Treasurer made a briefing on the content, and objectives of the program and the training as well. Regarding the participants, for Bardiya, they are, Meera Chaudhary, Rishi Kafle, Ganesh Dutta Devkota and Satish Sharma, and for Morang, Pramila Majhi, Hemraj Panta, Ganesh Luitel, Prem Subba and Narayan Regmi. There are two resources persons involved: Nayan Bd. Khadka and Sudarshan K.C.

It is believed that the training will make the participants aware of the strategies to take the program in the places, to tackle the hurdles that arise during solving the cases referred for mediation, and thus help in providing a good impression of the program among the people and the disputing parties.


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