Online Edition

28th February 2021 - 8th March 2021

International winter residential school
Economic Social and Development Rights

What to expect from us

Know more about the International Winter Residential School

Who are we

ESDR, the International Winter Residential School on Economic, Social and Development Rights  is the longest running flagship program of The Kathmandu School of Law. In every edition of ESDR,  we give continuance to our long-standing objectives:

  • To enhance ESDR as substantial and integral human rights
  • To explore common ESDR issues in Asia Pacific Region
  • To propose feasible, consensual solutions to these issues with an interdisciplinary, holistic and pragmatic approach

What you will get

ENGAGED Work together in groups; Develop your skills in projects and workshops designed by the organizers
CHALLENGED Test your boundaries, step out of your comfort zone by speaking on diverse issues
INFORMED Make sense of the Economic, Social and Development Rights with relation to other different areas and issues.

What makes us different

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).

  • First of its kind, in the South Asian region and surrounding countries
  • Regional network of law faculties, experts, students and right advocates
  • Gathering expertise on the issues of economic and social rights and good governance
  • Provided rich input to the process of transformation of the Nepali society

Discover the world of ESDR

For those who wants to know more about it.

14 Years of Successful Completion

These past 14 editions of ESDR have been a learning and growing of Law. Yearly participatory surveys have helped us identify the primary focus area in Economic, Social and Development Rights in the region, thus, enabling us to make ESDR more comprehensive and content-specific each year. Feedbacks have also reiterated the significance of the Winter Residential School, each year we host students from various parts of the world and their experience sharing have always been on a positive note. We also follow up on our ESDR participants and their activities post ESDR which have been human-rights centric and empowering. Our ESDR alumni, also called ESDR Alumni Association (ESDRAA) have also been involved in organizing this Winter Residential Program over the last few years.

Beyond political and geographical borders

Use of Various Modalities

Diverse Nature of Participants


They are the people working to provide you the qualitative information.

Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula

Executive Director – Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal

Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula served as the Attorney General of Nepal with sparkling notice of the society in 2012. He served the Government of Nepal as a Convenor of the High-Level Taskforce Reforming the Security Agencies of Nepal (Nepal Police, Armed Police Force and National Investigation Department) in 2009. He has authored several books on Criminal Justice System, Jurisprudence  and philosophy.

Prof. Mizanur Rahman

Professor of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Professor Mizanur Rahman is the senior-most faculty member at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka. One of the forerunners of Clinical legal Education in Bangladesh, Dr. Rahman founded ELCOP in 1999 to bring legal education beyond the classroom.  He developed the concept of ‘Rebellious Lawyering’ which challenges the existing norms of access to justice in Bangladesh to make it a pro-poor system.  Dr. Rahman served as the Chair of National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh (2010-2016). 

Prof. Geeta Pathak

Professor – Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal

Prof. Geeta Pathak started her teaching profession 2001. She currently is the Steering Committee Member and Academic Convenor  of Asia Pacific Master Program on Human Rights and Democratization Program (APMA) , which is a joint collaboration between the Kathmandu School of Law and 4 other renowned universities in the region. She is also Chair of Human Rights-Based Access to Justice consortium. HRBA2J). She has been resource person for ESDR since its inception. 

Prof. Arun Gupto

Principal – Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research, Kathmandu, Nepal

Prof.  Arun Gupto’s areas of study are literary theory, postcolonial studies and South Asian studies, and his current research is on South Asian art and religion. He obtained Ph.D. in English Literature from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, in 1998, M.A. in English Literature from Drew University, NJ, USA, in 1994, Post-Grad Diploma in French from University of Calcutta, India, in 1980.

Dr. Chen Xiaochen

Director –  Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY)

Dr. Chen Xiaochen is the Director of International Studies Dept. and a researcher with Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (RDCY). Graduating from Peking University in International Relations, he once served as a senior journalist of comments at China Business News (CBN), a leading financial daily in China. He co-founded China Institute forStrategy of CBN, then served as the Director Assistant of CBN Institute.

Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana

Director – Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS), Pakistan

Mr. Muhammad Amir Rana is affiliated with the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, Singapore as a visiting fellow. He has worked extensively on issues related to counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, and internal and regional security and politics. He has also been invited to appear as an expert on the electronic media, including CNN, BBC World, Al Jazeera English, Voice of America, Al-Arabia and other Pakistani and international news channels. 

Happy Memories from our Alumni

Our extensive expertise will make sure that yours is a SUCCESS STORY!

The scenic view of Bhakunde Besi valley and Guarisankar mountain range for Outreach College are embedded in my memory. Having done Commando, 16 periods Physical Training a day, I found same routine in the 12th ESDR winter school which was more on an intellectual level and kept us yearning for more knowledge. Creativity has no greater sustenance than support and guidance of teacher and KSL provides so to all its students. I am lucky to be connected with teachers and students of Kathmandu School of Law.

Ranjan Basnet

I have received the warmest reception from the people at KSL. Navigating Kathmandu has been much easier with all their helpful pointers–for one, it would have taken me a much longer to figure out the bus routes without their help! What really made my experience here, however, were the relationships that I formed with the people here and the bond has been built between us. Now I understand what my riend said about people at KSL big hearts before I came here.

Fiona Wong

Studying in KSL and in Nepal at its federalization transitional period, witnessing new systems and new policies being formed has been extraordinary. Reflecting a lot on development and human rights, especially in the emerging context of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to study prudently about the international human rights norms & mechanisms from knowledgeable and passionate professors with strong expertise in these respective areas. I also pay great tribute to the learner friendly environment and supports the School has excelled in providing us with. Thank you KSL



See some of the everlasting memories created last year.

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