Along with academic programs, KSL also conducts various promotional activities in collaboration with the Center for Legal Research and Resource Development (CeLRRd) and various national and international organizations on the issue of human rights, democratization, social justice, protection of vulnerable groups, reforms of criminal justice and juvenile justice system. KSL has already completed dozens of projects involving various stakeholders. In these projects, KSL has acted as an academic partner and lead manager of the project. Its main role included academic research and sometimes the overall implementation of the project activities. Previously, KSL has worked in advocacy and awareness generating program in different districts through the mobilization of its students. KSL has extensively studied situation and problems faced by women and disenfranchised communities of Nepal.
KSL imbibes the vision of promoting democratic values and access to justice and incessantly has been intervening in areas of inclusive democracy and national discourse on Constituent Assembly. It possess years long experience in working for promoting democratic values and conflict transformation and maintains strong nexus with local organizations, political leaders and media persons at central and district level. Previously, KSL has worked in advocacy and awareness generating program in different districts through the mobilization of community. KSL also conducted a program to enhance skills of political leaders, human right workers, youths and adolescents, and media workers on democratic values, constitutionalism, and methods and techniques of conflict transformation for organizing and consolidating peace building efforts and their constructive and meaningful engagement in peace building process. Under this program, KSL gained experience of development of peace efforts at grassroots levels by strengthening and organizing the sensitive and peace and human rights proactive and critical mass to play constructive roles for negotiation for peace.
KSL faculties and students are fully engaged in carrying out research and deliberation activities on CA. It has developed "Model of CA Process" as well as "Federalism Model". Over the last three years, it conducted several consultations on Modality of CA for Political Leaders, Civic Educators, and NGOs. KSL has team of faculties as experts on multiple issues and they have been providing consultations to UNDP, DFID, TAF, Nepal Bar Association, the Supreme Court, IDEA, and other organizations.
KSL has received consistent cooperation and funding from national and international institutions such as the Danish Institute for Human Rights, The Embassy of Denmark, The Asia Foundation, DANIDA, European Commission, SARI/Q, Terre des homes (TDH), Action Aid Nepal, American Bar Association and OHCHR for the last eight years for different projects involving various stakeholders. It has maintained amicable relationship and close contact with Judiciary, Nepal Police, Nepal Bar Association, Federation of Nepalese Journalists, educational institutions and many communities based organizations and has received continuous cooperation from political parties, governmental bodies and local administration.
1. The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific)
The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) is a networked Master’s program in the Asia Pacific led by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts, in partnership with the Kathmandu School of Law, Nepal; Centre for the Study of Human Rights, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Mahidol University, Thailand and University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. Its specific objective is to increase the capacity for the improved respect of human rights and democratic principles in the Asia-Pacific region, by providing higher education and training specialists in human rights and democratisation so that they may be better equipped to advocate for, promote awareness of and encourage respect for human rights and democratic principles, both across the region and within their local and national communities.
Over 2012-2013, it has equipped 24 students from a range of countries throughout the Asia-Pacific (plus Europe and South America) with skills and knowledge in the human rights and democratisation fields. The project was funded by the partners with support from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC), drawing from a funding agreement the EIUC has with the European Commission. Activities included delivering foundational course in the University of Sydney and regional semester course in any one of the partner institutions.
The project is an extension of a previous 40-month project funded by the European Commission. Under the previous project, the MHRD course was established, and two cohorts of students had been enrolled.
2. Enhancing Human Rights Protections in the Context of Law Enforcement and Security
The key aim of this project is to develop the capacities of state officials to prevent and address torture and ill treatment within the police and military forces in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The project was conceived in partnership by the University of Sydney, the Kathmandu School of Law (KSL) and the Centre for the Study of Human Rights (CSHR) at the University of Colombo in 2009-2010. It draws on our longstanding relationship forged through the MHRD and the existing strong relationships that KSL and the CSHR have with security forces in the respective countries.
The three principal stages of the project comprise:
- Research: To understand the conditions that render the practice of Torture, Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment more likely to occur and the conditions that would support the protection of human rights and the prevention of torture. This involved a team of international experts and teams of field researchers in both countries.
- Intervention: To develop an intervention or project to be implemented cooperatively with the Security Forces in the two countries, commencing with a core group of members of the forces and then moving out to a larger number.
- Evaluation and dissemination: To evaluate the intervention in terms of its effectiveness in building the capacity of personnel within the security forces to protect and promote human rights and to disseminate findings through publications and an international conference.
While entering into the third year, the project has completed research phase and the research findings have been translated into designing the appropriate interventions. Currently, twelve projects are being implemented by the police themselves based on the need analysis and contextual problems in their respective units. This will be followed by evaluation and dissemination of the findings and material through an international conference and publications.