1st National Book Review Competition

Kathmandu School of Law since its inception has been organizing various Academic Programs such as; International and National Seminars, Winter and Summer Residential School, Faculty and Student Exchange Programs and many more focusing on academic and overall development of students. For the first time KSL on 24/04/2075 organized a National Book Review Competition directed at young readers and writers with a motive to provide them an opportunity to interact with each other and with contemporary Nepali writers about literature. The program was presided by President of KSL, Prof. Madhav Prasad Acharya, and Senior Litterateur and a Cultural Anthropologist Tejeshwor Babu Gwong was present as a Chief Guest while the member Secretary of Nepal Pragya Prathisthan, Prof. Dr. Jeevandra Giri, was present as the special guest which made the program more delightful.
 
Distinguished guests and the students from different colleges attended the program. The day long program included extempore presentation of review by the top 13 book reviews selected for the final competition.
 

 
The literary books provided for the review by the organizers were-

i. ‘Sishir Ma Phuleko Guras’ by Yubaraj Sangroula;
ii. ‘Seto Dharti’ by Amar Neupane;
iii. ‘Khalanga Ma Hamala’ by Radha Poudyal;
iv. ‘Aina’ by Ram Lal Joshi;
v. ‘Toda’ by Uma Subedi;
vi. ‘Kathaputla’ by Archana Thapa;
vii. ‘Damini Bhir’ by Rajan Mukarung;
viii. ‘Kaili’ by Jamuna Neupane;
ix. ‘Dhritarastra’ by Ghana Shyam Kadel
 
The participants were awarded with certificates and cash prizes by the Chief Guest and Special Guest. The participants who were awarded with First, Second and Third position (Shared by two participants) were Mr. Pratap Adhikari, he reviewed ‘Aina’ written by Ram Lal Joshi, Ms. Rakshya Khanal she reviewed ‘Khalanga Ma Hamala’ written by Radha Poudel and Ms. Jenisha Budhathoki reviewed ‘Damini Bhir’ written by Rajan Mukarung and Ms. Sudikshya Sharma reviewed ‘Aina’ written by Ram Lal Joshi respectively. The top four winners were honored with cash prize Nrs, 10,000, Nrs, 7,500 and Nrs. 5,000 each. All the winners were also gifted with a book ‘Nisankoch Abhibyakti’ authored by Prof. (Dr.) Yubaraj Sangroula. The book is a reflection of society and societal structures requiring lots of positive changes with feeling of patriotism towards nation.
 
Beside the recitation of reviews by the participants, the major highlight of the program was review of the listed books by Prof. Geeta Pathak, Mr. Chhaya Dutta Neupane “Bagar”, Prof. Dr. Jeevendra Dev Giri, Assoc. Prof. Dilli Ram Gautam, and Mr. Jeevan Nath Adhikari from different perspectives. The chief guest in his speech thanked KSL for taking initiative for this kind of program and also gave more importance to the need for arranging such program to bring together writers, readers and publishers of Nepalese literature.  He encouraged the students for their laudable performances and appreciated their love for literature.
 
Bishnu Karki and Bibek Thakur of B.A. LL.B 5th Year conducted the program in a very efficient manner. The event was coordinated by Asst. Prof. Laxmi Sapkota. 

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5 Days Professional Ethics Seminar on Legal Fraternity - Theory and Practice


Executive Summary 

Kathmandu School of Law has a long-standing commitment to organizing program related with professional ethics focusing on motivating the young law students to adhere to the professional ethics. In strengthening the ethical commitment, B.A.LL.B. 3rd Year students of Kathmandu School Law organized five days’ seminar program titled “Professional Ethics in the Legal Fraternity: Theory and Practice”. In the five days’ seminar program, the wide members of the legal fraternity gave the lecture focusing on the ground reality of the profession. In the inauguration program, most of the dignitaries focused on the role of a lawyer as a social engineer and mentioned that they are responsible for creating the basic structure in the society. Honorable Acting Chief Justice Deepak Raj Joshi, the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony stated that the ethics can only be promoted in presence of sufficient budget, highlighting that government has a negative attitude towards the judiciary as a non-productive sector. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula stated that the legal profession is degenerating which has led to losing the faith of the public in this profession.

The Vice-President of Nepal Bar Association, Moti Raj Gautam accepted that very few lawyers adhere to the professional ethics in Nepal. Assistant Professor Gyanu Gautam, the Coordinator of Clinical Law Department gave the welcome speech starting with the Sanskrit sloka “Ashatoma sadh gamaya tamosama jyotir gamaya mrityoma amritam gamaya” which means human tends to strive from asat to sat, andhakar to jyoti and mrityu to amrit emphasizing the internalization of ethics and ended his statement by giving a short glimpse of the whole seminar program.  Senior Advocate Krishna Prasad Bhandari showed his disappointment towards the present scenario of Nepalese judicial system, mentioning that "Judiciary has become the paradigm of mafia" suggesting the students to make the life free of sin and strive to learn with hardship. Prof. Geeta Pathak Sangroula mentioned that there are adequate principles and laws to govern the ethics of law professionals but lawyers lack the honesty to implement it. Prof. Dr. Kumar Ingnam vehemently criticized lawyers for taking excessive fees from the clients and committing corruption. At the end of the opening ceremony, Prof. Madhav Prasad Acharya as a closing remark said: "If the legal system is changed, the Code of Conduct would ipso facto come into implementation."  

The second day commenced with the lecture of Dr. Om Sitaula.  He discussed the role of ethics in different profession whereby he stated that "Ethics is not applicable only for lawyers rather it is a fundamental behavior of the society". Narayan Sharma, Section Officer of Office of Attorney General gave a presentation focusing on the international laws which dealt with Code of Conduct of Government Attorney. Udhav Pudasaini, Joint Attorney General of Office of Attorney General, focused on the need for the professional independence as the prerequisite for the government attorney to represent the government case. Khem Raj Gyawali, Joint Attorney General, Head of International Relation at the Office of Attorney General gave the insight about the history of the public prosecutor as legal professionals in Nepal. In the same day, Roshi Bhandari, Assistant District Attorney of District Government Attorney Office, Kathmandu emphasized on the concept of "Role and Identity". Senior Advocate Narendra Prasad Pathak, Former Deputy Attorney General highlighted that law being a social science deals with the whole society giving emphasis to a lawyer as a social engineer. He rightly pointed out that small mistake of a physician may lead to the death of patient but a small mistake of lawyer destroys the entire fabric of the society. In second session Advocate Anil Kumar Shrestha, Assistant Professor of Kathmandu School of Law highlighted that lawyer’s quality depends upon the training, organizational structure of law firm, lawyers' discipline, malpractice liability, malpractice insurance, regular update test, passion and access to resources.

In the third day of the program, Advocate Kishor Bista stated that the diversification of the profession is unethical.  He added that the new generation has the capacity to bring changes in terms of the ethics of defense lawyers. Honorable Judge Shree Krishna Bhattarai, Judge of Bhaktapur District Court put forth the principles incorporated in the Bangalore principle of judicial conduct. He mentioned that almost 30 national code of conduct and around 8 regionals and international code of conducts were taken into consideration while drafting the Bangalore principle. In the second session, Senior Advocate Bishwa Kanta Mainali, Former President of the Nepal Bar Association concluded his presentation by giving some points which lawyers should always keep in mind and they were: mastery on subject, crystal clear on the concept of law, should be polite towards the judge and should keep his/her arguments firmly. Bimal Poudyal, Registrar of the High Court, Patan enlightened that altogether 23,000 cases are yet to be decided by the Supreme Court nevertheless he gave very positive note that the track record of the high courts and the district courts are comparatively better than Supreme Court. Saroj Raj Regmi, Deputy Registrar, Supreme Court of Nepal defused the perception that entire judicial mechanism and justice appointment process is corrupted. 

On the fourth day, Puja Khatri, Section Officer, Supreme Court of Nepal mentioned about the challenges that a young law professional faces as a government employee which starts with the phase of recruitment to the retirement. Neetij Rai, Section Officer, Supreme Court of Nepal encouraged the students to have a positive attitude and patience to welcome the upcoming opportunities that come up with the challenges in the judicial service.  

On the fifth day, Prof. Dr. Kumar Ingnam, Professor of Kathmandu School of Law and Senior Advocate focused on the importance of pro bono lawyering in Nepal. He differentiates between legal aid and pro bono service as in legal aid, government and other organizations pay the lawyer but in pro bono, a lawyer gives free service on a voluntary basis. Advocate Suraj Basnet, Assistant Professor of Kathmandu School Law dealt with the topic "Juvenile Justice and Role of Lawyers", where he mainly focused that delinquency is the social response and should be treated in a different manner. Advocate Yugichha Sangraula, Assistant Professor of Kathmandu School of Law provided the students with differentiation of the two parts of the world where she concluded saying that we have been doodling around with the misconception that Asian perspective is more inclined towards community welfare whereas Europe towards individual autonomy. 

The five days of seminar helped the students to know the ground reality of law professionals, how difficult it is to work in the starting phase of the profession and that all lawyers are not following the code of conduct. The changes which need to be immediately done in the legal field are lawyers should legally be bound to pay taxes and should work more for the community than for money.

Rapporteur: Aarzoo Karki, Bhawana Bharnwal, Dibya Shrestha, Prajwol Bickram Rana, Shyam Sundar Shrestha and Sunaina Khinju

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Stationary Distribution to School Students


On 12th May, 2018 the team of Kathmandu School of Law, distributed a set of stationary materials to 50 students studying at different levels at government schools of Fulbari, Buchhakot, ward no. 2, Namobuddha Municipality. With an endeavor to encourage students for better education, the team of KSL raised fund and distributed stationary materials to local students studying in government institution, most of who belonged to underprivileged groups of students in terms of their access to better educational materials.  Mr. Sanjeev Dhakal, President of ward no. 2 Namobuddha Municipality also graced the informal program with his presence. Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula, Executive Director, KSL facilitated Mr. Dhakal during the distribution of stationary materials to the students. He acknowledged the positive efforts made by Kathmandu School of Law, residential campus in the locality of Fulbari. He further stated that “Almost all the students in the locality were mostly from low economic background who were further socially discriminated and marginalized. Their families belonged to ‘Dalit’ community because of which they were socially restricted in terms of their access to better schooling opportunities."

 

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Plantation Drive at KSL Outreach Campus


On 12th May 2018, Kathmandu School of Law (KSL) marked an event of ‘tree planning’ as an initiative for the promotion of green environment.  The program was conducted by the teaching faculties and staffs of KSL at the premise of its residential campus located at the outskirts of Kathmandu valley 37 km away from the city. Total 150 numbers of seedlings of fruits, flowers and tress of different species were planted at different area within the campus premises. Around fifty-five teaching faculties and administrative staffs teamed up with the local staffs of residential campus at Fulbari, Buchhakot for the plantation of the trees around the compound of the residential campus. All the staffs and faculties eagerly participated in the tree plantation program and made their commitment to conserve the plants they planted. 

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Himalayan Field School (HFS)


Himalayan Field School (HFS) is a two-week long international residential school jointly organized by University of Sydney (UoS), Law faculty and Kathmandu School of Law (KSL). It is a credit course for the law students from UoS, an apt platform for inter-cultural experience sharing for students from both KSL and UoS. Since 2010 HFS has been a highlight program of KSL. HFS 2018 was recently conducted from 22nd Jan-2nd Feb. The sessions were conducted in various national and international organizations including UNDP, NHRC, ILO, Shakti Samuha, CWISH and various prominent institutions. A team of 29 students form UoS was led by Prof. David Kinley, Chair in Human Rights Law, UoS. The discussions incorporated issues ranging from Human Rights, gender justice, rights of Migrant workers, child labour, criminal justice system of Nepal and likewise.

Apart from these formal sessions and site-visits, the participants got an opportunity to understand the ground reality of Nepalese society through their four days’ intensive learning in Melamchi, where they had direct interaction with the local people and discussions with students and teachers from schools in Melamchi. A truly one-of-a-kind international collaboration between two pioneer institutions of Nepal and Australia, we look forward to the next HFS.

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The 13th Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition

The 13th Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition - South Asia Rounds recently was concluded in Kathmandu, from 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2017 with participation of 9 teams from five countries. Two teams from India, two teams from Pakistan, two teams from Nepal, two teams from Iran and one team from Sri Lanka participated where Mr. Madhab Paudel, Chairperson of Nepal Law Commission was present as a Chief Guest.

Kathmandu School of law, the National Round winner from Nepal along with other teams competed in the preliminary rounds. The team consisted of three members with Ms. Mamta Shiwakoti as first Mooter, Mr. Dhurba Yonzon as second Mooter and Ms. Bandana Upreti as researcher. The team was coached by Ms. Yugichha Sangroula in the South Asia Rounds which was previously coached by Ms. Swechhya Sangroula in the National round.
 
Teams from India and Sri Lanka came out as winner and runner-up respectively and thus qualified for the upcoming regional round in Hongkong. The best Mooter was awarded to GNLU Gujrat, India. Best memorial was awarded to the same while Ms. Bandana Upreti from Kathmandu School was awarded with the “Best Researcher”.

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Kathmandu School of Law won the East Asian Regional Rounds 2017-2018


Kathmandu School of Law won the East Asian Regional Rounds 2017-2018 of Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition held in Seoul, South Korea (from November 28 to December 2) hosted by the Soongsil University's College of Law, defeating the Peking University School of Transnational Law in the finals. Besides, Ashwin Kumar KC, a team member representing KSL, was awarded with Best Oralist in the Final Round.
 
The International Environmental Moot Court Competition (IEMCC) is one of the most prestigious International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in the world. It convenes annually at Stetson University near Tampa, Florida. Soongsil University's College of Law is Stetson's new partner in bringing the prestigious IEMCC to East Asia, which has been hosting this competition for quite a while.
 
KSL has been continuously taking part in the competition since 2014, the first time KSL took part in the competititon was in 2008. KSL proudly won the regional rounds in 2016 and bagged the winners’ title home this year. The regional round winners from KSL (2016), Kripesh Shrestha and Jenisha Upreti coached the present team of Medha Nepal, Ashwin Kumar KC and Aarzoo Karki to victory.
 
This year a total of 12 different teams from 5 nations; 5 teams from China, 3 teams from Korea, 2 teams from Nepal and one team from Mongolia and Taiwan each competed against each other. Peking University School of Transnational Law (China) reached the finals defeating Soongsil University Senior team whereas KSL defeated last year’s finalist, Hangdong Global University (Korea).
 
As the semi-finalists, Soongsil University Senior Team and Hangdong Global University were both honored with Bronze Medal; Peking University School of Transnational Law with the Silver Medal and KSL with the Soongsil's Gold Medal as Champions. 
 

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B.A. LL.B. 1st Year students of KSL organised the solidarity day and Deusi Bhailo Program

SAVE THE DATE!!
Continuing the legacy….
B.A. LL.B. 1st Year students of KSL are organizing the solidarity day and Deusi Bhailo Program on 1st Kartik, 2074 (18th October, 2017).
Some glimpses below depict relentless effort of 1st year students. To make this program a success we humbly request your support and look forward for your priceless presence on the auspicious day. Thank you!!!

 
 
 
 

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Residential Exchange Course on Democracy and Logic KSL, Nepal &FIMT, India



Kathmandu School of Law (KSL), Purbanchal University, hosted  22 students from Fairfield Institute of Management and Technology, India (Affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University) at its Outreach Campus in Phulbari, Kavre, Nepal from 29th May – 5th June 2017. The 22 students from India along with 16 Nepalese students joined the Exchange Program entitled "Democracy and Logic" for 8 days. This was the first ever exchange program between legal education institutions from Nepal and India.

The Residential Exchange Course was a mixture of classroom teaching and engaging group activities with Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula and other faculties from Kathmandu School of Law. The course included range of subjects from Logic, Democracy, Media, International Relations, International Law and Philosophy. The participating students also did field research work at the earthquake affected area of Bhaktapur Durbar Square. They also performed a Mock Parliament of SAARC Nations raising issues of concerns between the SAARC countries and tried to figure out possible solutions.

The Residential Course was a culmination of rigorous discourse on issues of concern in South Asia and showing of various informational documentaries movies with exciting trekking through 
The Residential Course was a culmination of rigorous discourse on issues of concern in South Asia and showing of various informational documentaries movies with exciting trekking through Namobudha to Outreach Campus by students. FIMT’s Pushpit Bansal won the Overall Performance Award and Best Researcher Award was shared by Richa Sharma, Nishant Mittal and Naman Shukla from FIMT. The Best Discipline Award was shared by Sunita Gurung, Nabin Devkota of KSL and Kirti Jaggi from FIMT. The Best Socialization Award went to Aditya Pandey, Krishna Pandey of FIMT and Geeta Dahal from KSL. All students were graded for the course as per their performance throughout the program.

Prof.(Dr.) Yubaraj Sangroula in his closing Keynote address emphasized on the importance and continuity of such programs between Indian and Nepalese law schools which would in turn bring two countries much closer and more sensitive towards issues of each other.

Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Vyas, Principal, Fairfield Institute of Management and Technology, India in her closing remarks invited the students from Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal for the second leg of the Exchange Program in December/January 2017-2018​

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Debate at Kathmandu School of Law on 21st of Baisakh-2074


21st of Baisakh 2074, there is going to be held a debate at Kathmandu School of Law along with 4 Candidates for Mayor from Kathmandu Metropolitan City. 
Time: 10.30 - 13.00
Venue : Kathmandu School of Law, Block F (Conference Hall)

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Compulsory Participation for B.A. LL.B. 3rd Year.

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Lecture on ''Legal Protection of human Rights in Sweden''.


We are pleased to have prof. Dr. Johan Lindholm, Umea University Sweden at Ksl Today. Together with Executive Director , Prof.Dr.Yubaraj Sangroula and some Faculties , Prof. Dr. Lindholm Discussed on the probable areas for Co-operation between Umea University and ksl in the days to come.he also provided a lecture to the students of B.A.LL.B 3rd Year on the topic ''Legal Protection of human Rights in Sweden'' The entire KSL Family would like to wellcome Prof.Lindholm to Nepal and Kathmandu School of Law.

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KSL discusses on Possibility of Nepalese Development through OBOR


One Belt One Road (OBOR) is the project that is initiated by President of China Xi Jinping as the collaboration project for trade and connectivity. A day conference was organized by Kathmandu School of Law on 4th Chaitra, 2073(17th March, 2017). Under the presidency of Prof. Hong Kong Rana total numbers of participants present were more than 110 says Mr. Niraj Tamang, Chief Secretary of KSL. In the presence of Her Excellency, Yu Hong, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Nepal, Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula made a concept paper presentation on the introduction, possibilities, benefits, challenges, etc of OBOR. The paper included brief history of Nepal-China relations from the era of Magadh Rajya.
As an integrated effort and resource for mutual development for mutual interdependence and avoid conflict as they engage in same project is the main expected outcome of OBOR says Prof. Sangroula. He further adds it is the trusted connectivity between neighbor that may shift the world politics from Western and European world to South Asia and China. As OBOR is bringing states together to develop their region themselves therefore it is more just, rational process of integrated effort.
 

Key Note Speakers and Commenters were various leading figure from law, international relations experts including Prem Chandra Rai. Chauyen Lai Shrestha, Sundarnath Bhattarai, Senior Advocate Bishwo Kanta Mainali, Kalyan Raj Sharma and Hiranyalal Shrestha while commenting on the paper and making their key note speech, agreed on the part that OBOR can be one of the milestone to the development of this part of the world. As Nepal can be the most important part of OBOR project it will for sure develop Nepal and Nepal will not only be the country of consumption rather it can sell its product to the world market as well.
 

Presence of Her Excellency, Yu Hong, Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Nepal, made the debate more clear as she clarified that OBOR is not what people thinks regarding OBOR. It is not the Chinese Investment rather joint and collaborated effort for the development of the region with the joint collaboration. Connectivity is one of the most important aspect of development. OBOR can be milestone to the development of South Asia and China where the easy access to the market is possible. The most important of OBOR is that it connects two biggest market of the world and therefore the region if cooperates can develop the area very well. As Nepal and China have been very important friends from the history and even today they are collaborating in many regards. Her Excellency further highlights that there are five aspects of OBOR they are: Policy Co-ordination, Infrastructural Connectivity, Trade, Financial Support and People-People Bond. As Her Excellency, to conclude states that;“China wants to work with Nepal and make people understand how we can work together. This part of the world has a lot of opportunity.”
 

Participants to the programme raised different questions relating to whether it is beneficial to Nepal or we are simply running behind the dream shown by China, whether OBOR bring the development to the country or only Nepal is going to become the place of transportation only that destroys the environment, etc. answering to the question Dr. Sangroula clarifies paper presenter cannot and does not answer to these questions rather the issues show that there are a lot of aspects for research and now it is the job of Intellectuals, Universities, and other persons and groups to conduct further discussion on this issue. He further says institutions like KSL are responsible for the policy making of the state by raising and continuous debate in the contemporary issue. OBOR is not that today the project is done and we will be rich by next morning rather it is the continuous and gradual process. It does not make us reach as it does not produces good but it creates access to market for Nepalese goods. It increase service sectors in Nepal like Banks, Insurances and also trade managers between these two biggest markets of the world. It shows the possible and it is the way it is not the end of Development of Nepal rather is very useful means for increasing accessibility.
 

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