Assoc. Prof. Prem Chandra Rai

Contact: Suryabinyak-4, Dadhikot, Bhaktapur, Bagmati, Nepal | 01-6634455, 01-6634663

Email : premchandra.rai@ksl.edu.np

Designation: Associate Professor


Prem Chandra Rai is Associate Professor at Kathmandu School of Law. He also leads the Department of Research at KSL. He completed Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Hong Kong. He served as National Legal Advisor for International Commission of Jurists for three years; Member of Racial Harmony Committee of the Government of Hong Kong; Coordinator for Far East Overseas Nepalese Association, Hong Kong and Executive Director for Protection Desk Nepal. He was also the founding advisor for Nepalese Construction Site Workers Union and Domestic Workers Union in Hong Kong.
He has participated in various international programs including Human Rights Research Methodology, organized by RWI, Jakarta, 2018; Countering Violent Extremism Training Program, EU, Colombo, 2018; Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches' National University of Ireland, 2014; Training of Trainers for Judges, Judicial Officers and Law Practitioners, National Judicial Academy, Nepal, 2009; The Intensive Course on International Refugee Law, HKU, 2006; Intensive Course on Ethnic Minority and Human Rights, HKU, 2006; and Migrant Advocacy Trainers' Training, Migrant Forum in Asia, Macau SAR, 2003. He was also involved as participant & contributor at the Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform, Yale Law School, New Haven, 2014; resource person for South Asia Technical Consultations on (1) HIV, Sex Work and Trafficking, and (2) HIV, Inheritance and Property Rights, UNDP, Colombo, 2008; resource person for Seminar on Migrant Saving and Alternative Investments (MSAI), Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Manila, 2004 and recourse person for Asia-Europe People's Forum (ASEM) - V, Hanoi, 2004.


Research Projects

  1. Cycle of Corruption, Poor Governance, Environmental Degradation and Gender Implication: an appraisal of situation in Nepal, a research project under, RWI Regional Asia Research Initiative 2018;
  2. Private International Law in Nepal: a commentary on draft Civil Code (Nepali), a working paper prepared for Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013;
  3. The Military Justice System: a reform effort in Nepal (English), a commentary to the Supreme Court Judgment, prepared for ICJ, 2012;
  4. Sexual Minority and Human Rights (Nepali), a research paper prepared upon the request of Blue Diamond Society - 2007;


A. Articles:

  1. Justice Delivery and Situation of Justice, Kathmandu School of Law Journal (Nepali Language) volume 2, 2018.  
  2. Human Rights Jurisprudences Developed by Supreme Court of Nepal (joint author), NJA Journal, 2010;
  3. Post-conflict Nepal and the Issue of Land and Property Return and Restitution, Informal (INSEC Periodical), 2010;
  4. ILO Convention 169 and Indigenous Peoples of Nepal (in Nepali), Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD), 2009;
  5. Federalism and Independence of Judiciary (joint author), Nyayadut (NBA periodical), 2008;
  6. Response to Trafficking in Nepal: Where is the Gap (English), Nyayadut (NBA periodical) - 2008;
  7. Independence of Judiciary in Federal System of Nepal (Nepali), a thorough research article prepared for locally organized Judicial Seminar - 2007;

B. Report:

  1. Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children in tourism and Online, initiated & published by Centre for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd) (Kathmandu: 2016);

C. Edited:

  1. Situational Analysis and Baseline Study: Torture and Improper Use of Force in Nepal, published by KSL with the support of Denis Institute of Human Rights, 2018.
  2. Supreme Court Case Digest on Women's' Right, published by International Commission of Jurists, 2013;
  3. Witness Protection in Nepal: Recommendations From International Best Practices, published by International Commission of Jurists, 2011;
  4. Transitional Justice and Right to a Remedy: Supreme Court Jurisprudence in Nepal, published by International Commission of Jurists, 2012.

Research Interest/Research Area

  1. Economic, social and cultural rights of Nepali people;
  2. Politics, rule of law and governance;
  3. Independence of Judiciary;
  4. Development and environmental degradation;
  5. Labor rights and migration.