SCHOOL OF LAW SUBJECT COMMITTEE

Dr. Bipin Adhikari

Title:                  Dean


Department:      Law

Campus:             KUSL

  977-011-490735
   bipin.adhikari@ku.edu.np

COURSES TAUGHT

Dr Bipin Adhikari is an expert of constitutional law. He teaches Constitutional Law and Federalism. Adhikari is involved with many legal reformĀ and institution building issues in Nepal. He is also implementing the Masters by Research Programme of Kathmandu University School of Law in the area of Corporate Law, International Trade Law, International Investment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Energy and Infrastructure Law. Adhikari has keen interest in legal aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) programme and their implications for Nepal and its prospect for further development.


EDUCATION

Master of Comparative Law (MCL) and PhD (Constitutional Law) from University of Delhi and Finance Law Course from Lancaster University, UK.


PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Adhikari has a legal career of more than thirty years. Before accepting the appointment as Dean of Kathmandu University School of Law Adhikari worked as a constitutional jurisconsult as the owner of Nepal Consulting Lawyers, Inc - a group of legal professionals in Kathmandu, and gave leadership to Nepal Constitution Foundation, which is a foremost not-for-profit think tank in Nepal in the area of constitutional law and public policy analysis, as its chairperson.

Adhikari's career in the past has involved assignments with national and international agencies which include United Nations entities like the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN peacekeeping missions in Liberia and Timor-Leste. He has also worked as the UNDP-appointed Advisor to the National Human Rights Commission in Nepal for two years. During 1992-94, Adhikari taught company law and legal research to undergraduates at Tribhuvan University Faculty of Law.

Adhikari remains engaged with the constitution building process in Nepal as an independent constitution building specialist. Apart from constitutional law, he also has expertise in the area of institution building, human rights, access to justice, legal reform initiatives, legislative business of parliament and democratization process.

His interviews and articles have been published in leading newspapers and magazines of the country including the The Kathmandu Post, The Kantipur and Spotlight newsmagazine.

Adhikari is a member of Supreme Court Bar Association. He was conferred the title of "Senior Advocate" by the Supreme Court in August 2017. Adhikari is also a member of Nepal Bar Council Legal Education Committee. He continues to strongly support constitutionalism, the rule of law and liberal political causes in Nepal.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • Search for Compromise Solutions:Federalization, Form of Government, Electoral System & Constitutional Court (Kathmandu: Kathmandu University School of Law, 2015) (in Nepali)
  • Social Protection Laws and Policies in Nepal (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013) (in Nepali)
  • Constitutional Crisis in Nepal: Ensuring democratic governance during the transition to a new constituent assembly (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013)
  • Constitutional Law: A Study of Some Recent Judgments of the Supreme Court (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013) (in Nepali)
  • Government Attorneys on Criminal Investigation and Prosecution ((Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013) (in Nepali)
  • Some Technical and Processual Reasons behind Failure of the Constituent Assembly (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013)
  • Nepal Constituent Assembly Impasse: Comments on a Failed Process (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013)
  • The Status of Constitution Building in Nepal (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013)
  • Analysis of Some Bills being Considered at Parliament (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2013) (in Nepali)
  • Notes on Legal Reform Initiatives in Nepal (Kathmandu: Nepal Constitution Foundation, 2012)

Chapters

  • "Cultural and Language Rights" in Mark Tushnet, Thomas Fleiner & Cheryl Saunders (ed), Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law (Routledge, 2012)
  • "Framework for Transition to Federalism in Nepal: Lessons from Comparative Experiences" in Forum of Federations edited Transition to Federalism in Nepal: Lessons from Comparative Processes in Spain, South Africa and Ethiopia (Ottawa, Ontario: Forum of Federations, 2011)

Journal

  • "Some Initial Comments on the Failed Constitution Building Process" (Commentary) in Studies in Nepali History and Society, Vol 17, No 1, 143-153 (2012)

HONORS AND AWARDS

»  British Chevening Award, 1998
»  Nepal Bar Council Best Law Book Award, 1998