Guest Lectures and Trainings
Kathmandu School of Law a month ago decided to jump into new methods of teaching and learning, it is now underway to be implemented. It is going to be a challenging work to do, so rigorous training of teachers are undergoing. A new clinic to help victims of human rights violation and justice is being set up in Anamanager, to be supervised by four competent lawyers and dozens of students will have chance to work practically. This is going to be be free legal aid clinic, managed by the college without funding of anyone. We have initiated a program of visiting professors being invited from other countries. Today, Prof. Michael Blissenden from Western Sydeny University Law School talked to students on use of new technology in learning law. His presentation was very nice and useful. Production of a good lawyers is boon of reforming system of justice. This is what we believe and working to that direction.
Prof. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula, Prof. In charge of Kathmandu School of Law visited Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand last week. His visit started on 2nd of March and lasted till 8th of March 2014. Prof. Sangroula was invited by the university to deliver his lectures to human rights students at Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Mahidol University. The basic theme of his presentation at Mahidol University, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Bangkok was based on issues of human rights instruments their ratification and working mechanism. In his lectures he stressed on a significant issue that "rationalization and domestication" of human rights instruments are used to connote a negative sense. The right term should be the “internalization” of human rights instruments which is supposed to give a right message. He stated ratification of such human right instruments has to be taken as positive sign as it means that the country is in direction of democratic development. He also highlighted the contemporary examples on the positive signs made by such ratification. He stated that ratifications are those bottom lines that have prevented countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan from sliding back to authoritarianism.
He asserted that ratification and internalization of such human right instruments should not mean enactment of laws alone, but also improvement of economic system, environmental protection, reforms of education system, reforms of governance, and consolidation of democratic structure itself. Hence, sectarian approach must be avoided. ICCPR, ICESR, CAT, CRC all should be integrated and enforced holistically. Development of regional mechanism to monitor and enforce human rights needs to be developed, if South Asia has to change the landscape of human right. He was also critical in reflecting problems about project based approach and trend of taking human rights being as a market commodity by many NGOs. These were serious problems which have really high jacked the value orientation of human rights. Human rights have now therefore become technical instruments which are in fact a life line.
Professor’s Visit to Japanese University
Associate Prof. Prakash K.C. of Kathmandu School of Law, recently paid a visit to Ehime University of Matsuyama, Japan on 9th to 15th February. Kathmandu School of Law shares a long history of relationship with the Ehime University of Japan. Several professors and students from both the law schools have already exchanged their visits to share their ideas and academic experiences of both countries. Assoc. Prof. KC made his presentation on ‘Human Rights situation in Nepal’ to the students of department of law. He also had a panel discussion program on the issue of humanitarian law. The panel discussion was followed by the student interaction program. He also paid visits to the library of the university and a primary school in Matsuyama. The visit was followed by the meeting with the dean of the law faulty of the university. During all these visits by professors and students, the shared understandings between these two institutions have been developed to promote academic relation of KSL.
A Talk Program on Constitutional Affairs
A talk program on 'Constitutional Affairs' was conducted by Kathmandu School of Law on 28th February 2014. The session was taken by Jenik Rodan, a lawyer and Columbian University Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs. Mr. Radon had participated in the constitutional peace process in Nepal and also served as a drafter of the interim peace constitution.
Rodan highlighted on the two crucial issues during his session. He discussed about the suitability of parliamentary/presidential model for Nepal and secondly dealt with the federalism and its relevance with the country.
He opined that Presidential system as executive head would not fit in Nepal as the country is diverse in nature. He also observed that a pragmatic approach should be considered for the structuring of the country and since Nepal is weak economically, the burden of financing the federal states would be a trouble for the country and should be avoided.
During his session, Rodan time and again invited the audience to answer on federalism, its possibility in the country and its proper implementation. The scholar also highlighted on the role of students in the constitution making process. He believed students should play an active role in the awareness campaigns on federalism and help the nation.
Rodan who has lectured in almost 40 nations, including Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, South Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uganda and UK was a big inspiration to the students.