Dr Bipin Adhikari
Bipin Adhikari is a Nepalese jurisconsult. He is the Dean of Kathmandu University School of Law (KUSL). Before joining Kathmandu University he led Nepal Consulting Lawyers, Inc - a group of legal professionals in Kathmandu.
A PhD of Constitutional Law, Adhikari is a senior constitutional expert, having significant academic and professional interest in his subject 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 reforms, governance and democratization process.
At School of Law, Adhikari teaches Constitutional Law and Federalism. He is also implementing the Masters by Research Programme 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.
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.
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. He also regularly shares his expertise on a variety of constitutional legal topics on local TV and radio programmes.
Adhikari was Chairperson of Nepal Constitution Foundation (NCF) based in Kathmandu until April 2014. The book that he recently wrote Constitutional Crisis in Nepal: Ensuring democratic governance during the transition to a new constituent assembly (Kathmandu: NCF, 2013) is an important contribution to the theme of crisis governance.
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.