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KSL’s International Winter Residential School on ESDR commences


Kathmandu, 3 December (2018) – Kathmandu School of Law has inaugurated the 13th edition of International Winter Residential School on Economic, Social and Development Rights (ESDR) at the Residential Campus in Bhakundebesi, Kavre Saturday.

ESDR is the longest running flagship project of Kathmandu School of Law and it started in the year 2004. It is an intense, demanding and immersive diploma course of 21 days.

The in-depth and extensive curriculum is developed by experts in various aspects of socio-economic and development rights along with a specific theme each year. The theme of the 13th edition of ESDR is ‘Protection and Preservation of our Himalayas’.

The Chief Guest of the Opening Ceremony was Hon’ble Jhala Nath Khanal, Former Prime Minister of Nepal. Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula, Executive Director of Kathmandu School of Law chaired the program and various professors from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan including Prof. Nomita Aggrawal, Prof. Sanjay Gupta, Mr. Mohammad Amir Rana, Asst. Prof. Mostafa Hosain, Asst. Prof. Raj Sandhu, Asst. Prof. Tshering Dolkar, Prof. Geeta Pathak were present as special guests. Honorable Mayor of Namobuddha Municipality T.P. Sharma also graced the program with his presence.

The program started with lighting of lamp by Hon’ble Chief Guest followed by Welcome address of Program Chair Prof. Yubaraj Sangroula. The highlights of the program included screening of a documentary prepared by the alumni of ESDR for the new participants and keynote speech by residential faculties from different countries where they highlighted the role played by their respective nations in Protection and Preservation of Himalayas and their willingness to discover a solution for the pressing problem of climate change through cooperation.


Another highlight of the program was the book launch of Prof. Sangroula’s latest book titled ‘Right to Have Rights’. The said book has been reviewed as a must read for aspiring development rights practitioners and activists.

Asst. Prof. Ravi Prakash Vyas, Program Director, said that the program will continue for the next 20 days with Closing Ceremony scheduled on 21 December 2018.

He also stressed that KSL has been successfully bringing together international faculties and students from around the world for important discourses and debates for development of the region as a whole with greater connectivity between youth and scholars.