Nepali Delegation Observing ADR Techniques

A delegation from Kathmandu, Nepal is visiting the School of Law for two weeks through a United States State Department program designed to promote the exchange of information about conflict resolution in the two countries.

The visitors will make presentations to law school faculty and students, as well as to community groups and ADR professionals on the subjects of community mediation, legal education, and the legal profession in Nepal. In turn, C.J. Larkin, administrative director of the law school’s ADR Program, will provide advanced mediation training for the group.

In other highlights, Larkin, the Nepali delegation, and Pamela DeVoe from the International Institute will make a presentation on “Conflict Resolution and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Multicultural Settings: Challenges and Opportunities” at the International Ombudsman Association Annual Conference in St. Louis. They also will attend the ABA Dispute Resolution Section Conference in Washington, D.C. and observe the law school’s team in the national rounds of the ABA Representation in Mediation Competition.

Member of the delegation are:

  • Bhola Prasad Bhattarai, Federation of Community Forestry Users
  • Anita Chapagain, Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre
  • Sushila Kumari Thapa Magar, Forest Action
  • Kabita Pandey, Pro Public Community Mediation Program
  • Hemang Sharma, Centre for Victims of Torture
  • Kishor Silwal, Center for Legal Research and Resource Development

The School of Law’s ADR Program, directed by Professor Karen Tokarz, received a three-year grant from the State Department to establish exchanges between the Washington University and Kathmandu law schools and between Washington University and civil society NGOs in Nepal. This is the second year Nepal has sent a delegation here. Larkin and DeVoe went to Nepal to continue their research on multicultural implications of mediation last summer; Larkin and other Washington University students and faculty also will visit Nepal this summer.