Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula

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

Email : geeta.pathak@ksl.edu.np

Designation: Professor In-Charge


She holds bachelor’s degree in law from Nepal Law Campus, TU and LL.M degree in Human Rights (with distinction) from the University of Hong Kong. Her teaching profession at KSL started since 2001. She is a Steering Committee member of one year Asia-Pacific Master’s program on Human Rights and Democratization (MHRD/APMA) and also a visiting faculty at the University of Sydney and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University, Thailand under the Master of Human Rights and Democratization program since 2010. Apart from teaching, she holds experience of law practice for three decades as defense and legal aid lawyer. She was elected as executive member in the Supreme Court Bar Association and Nepal Bar Association respectively. She has experience of serving in the Social Welfare Council as a chief legal advisor and the Governing Council member of National Judicial Academy. She is also a member of Legal Education Committee of Nepal Bar Council and has contributed in the development of course curriculum for advocates’ exam along with their interview, trainings and related activities. She is a Chair of Human Rights-based Access to Justice consortium in Asia (HRBA2J). She has also experience in teaching as visiting professor in Women’s Case Studies Post Graduate program of Padma Kanya College, TU, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Law Faculty TU, Nepal and number of other universities in Asia including Ehime University, Faculty of Law in Japan, Punjab University, Law Faculty, Rajasthan University, and at FIMT Law College, IP University.
She was a panelist for the Institutionalization of South Asian Human Rights Protection Mechanism: Prospects and Challenges, organized by Global Campus in University of Pretoria, South Africa, on December 2017. She is a regular expert/resource person for Nepal Police Academy and has also experience in giving training at Nepal Army and Armed Police Force, Attorney General Office, Nepal Bar Association and organized by number of other organizations and institutions at national and international level. She has also contributed Nepal Government for the preparation of initial and periodic combined reports of CEDAW. She is a regular residential professor at South Asian Teaching Session for Humanitarian Law (SATS) and other academic activities related to the promotion of humanitarian law jointly being organized by ICRC, and KSL since 2010. She was a founding president and also served as Director of Centre for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd), a pioneer NGO that institutionalized the concept of criminal justice system including legal aid, combatting human trafficking and the legal rights of marginalized communities and also initiated for the socially responsive modern legal education in Nepal through the establishment of KSL.

Research Projects

  1. Action Research on Girls in Especially Difficult Circumstances, Commissioned by UNICEF South Asian Regional Office, Kathmandu 1996
  2. Use of Existing Legal Framework in Violence Against Women, Commissioned by UNICEF South Asian Regional Office, 1999
  3. Analysis and Reforms of Criminal Justice System in Nepal, Danish Institute for Human Rights and Legal Research and Resource Development, 1999
  4. Trial Court System in Nepal commissioned by The Asia Foundation, 2003
  5. Legal Aid Manual, DIHR 2006 (1st edition) and 2008 (2nd edition)
  6. Regional Study for the Harmonization of Anti-trafficking Legal Framework in India, Bangladesh and Nepal: Developing Rights-based approach for anti-trafficking actions in South Asia, European Commission and International Federation of Terre des homes (TDH), 2007
  7. Standard Operating Procedures on Investigation of Human Trafficking Complaints at NHRC Nepal and American Bar Association, Rule of Law initiatives, 2011
  8. Human Trafficking Assessment Tools (HTAT) for Nepal, Research Report, American Bar Association, 2012
  9. A Study Report on Enforced Disappearance and Truth and Reconciliation, Nepal Bar Association and ICJ, 2015



Key Publications (Since 2001 only)

Articles/Book Chapters/Review:

  1. Laws and Existing Realities of Nepalese Women, Gender and Democracy in Nepal, (Central Department of Home Science, Women’s Case Studies Program, Tribhuvan University in cooperation with Friedrich-Edbert-Stiftung, 2001)
  2. Defining Rape as Torture: Contribution of the International Criminal Tribunals, (KSL Journal Vol. 2, 2004)
  3. Enforcement of International Humanitarian Laws and Transformation of Conflict at Social Responsive Human Rights Legal Education (A Compendium of Conference Papers, South Asian Law School’s Forum for Human Rights (SALS Forum) /KSL 2004)
  4. In Camera Proceedings: Conceptualizing the Rights of Victims of Crimes, (Kathmandu Law Review, Vol. 1, 2007)
  5. Gender Dimension of Armed Conflict with special reference to Nepal (NEFAS, 2007)
  6. Law and Human Rights Jurisprudence in Asia: Human Rights Jurisprudence in Nepal: Child Soldiers in Armed Conflict, HURIGHTS OSAKA, (co-authors) (Asia-Pacific Human rights Information Center, 2011)
  7. Protection of victims of trafficking focusing Nepal, Changing Face of Asia, (HRBA2J, Asian Consortium 2012)
  8. Breaking the Generation Theory of Human Rights, (KSLR, Human Rights and Democratization Special Issue, Vol.3, 2013)
  9. Commentary on the Geneva Convention on the Amelioration of The Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field (Peer reviewed, ICRC, Geneva, 2016)
  10. Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Nepal: Scope and Challenges of the Constitution of Nepal 2015, (ESDR Resource Book, 2017)
  11. Shifting Paradigm of Internalization of International Law: Growing Jurisprudence of Human Rights in Nepal (KSLR, Vol. 7. 2018)


(Since 2001 only)

  1. Situation of Gender Justice in Nepal and Application of International Human Rights Instruments (Hong Kong, University, 2001)
  2. Book: Gender and Laws: Nepalese Perspective (co-author) (KSL, 2002)

Research Interest/Research Area

  1. Human Rights (mainly in the areas of economic, social and cultural rights, women’s human rights and gender justice and human trafficking)
  2. Humanitarian Law
  3. Pro-bono/Legal Aid
  4. Trial Advocacy and Clinical Legal Education