Kesab Prasad Bastola
  • 52, Male
  • Kathmandu
  • Nepal
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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
Mr. BastolaI has about 24 years of experience in different capacities in the government. he started civil service carrier from December 1982. Initially he worked about 11 years at the Office of the Attorney General of Nepal in different capacity. In 1993, Mr. Bastola joined at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as a Law Officer. Since six years he has been working at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers as an Under Secretary which is a mid-level senior government officer post. He is assigned at the Law and Human Rights Division of the Office and taking charge of the Head of the Law Section. His assignment is associated to work as a focal person for the national and international law and human rights. He is also responsible to look the matters on the plans, policies and programs on law and human rights.

Mr. Bastola also being involved in providing legal opinion on matters pending before the cabinet and cabinet sub-committees. As a law under secretary of the government he is also responsible in drafting and reviewing the drafts of the legislations, regulations, byelaws, and other legal instruments on those which are under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. From February 2002 to April 2004 he served as the National Project Director of the Project for Formulation of National Human Rights Action Plan for Nepal for a period of two years and from May 2006 to December 2006 as a Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone for a period of 8 months and gained experiences on human rights, rule of law and humanitarian law.

Mr. Bastola is holding two Master Degrees, one in Law and another in Public Administration. He has participated many national and international human rights trainings, seminars, workshops etc. that helped him to build in depth understanding and knowledge in the subject matters. Very recently he took part in the Advance Training Program on Engaging Governments in Genocide Prevention (EGGP) organized by Columbia University, New York.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Nepal and Sierra Leone
During his carrier he participated many programs that helped him to develop his expertse which are as follows:
 Advance Training Program on Engaging Governments in Genocide Prevention (EGGP) organized by Columbia University, New York from 21 Oct to 26 Oct. 2007.
 South Asian Teaching Session on International Humanitarian Law jointly organized by ICRC and NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India from 11 April to 18 April 2007.
 Residential training on obligation of state to respect, protect, promote and fulfill Human Rights organized by OHCHR in Lalitpur, Nepal from 6 April to 8 April 2007.
 Training on “Peace Leadership in Conflict Transformation and Social Healing” jointly organized by the Karuna Centre for Peacebuilding, USA and Institute for Conflict Management, Peace and Development (ICPD), Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal from 20 January to 23 January 2007.
 International Civilian Peace Keeping and Peace Building Training Programme (core course and specialization course on DDR) organized by the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Schlaining, Austria from May 29 to June 25, 2005
 Rule of Law Programme organized by the Law Centre, University of Philippines, in Manila, Philippines on December 4-18, 2004
 Oil and Gas Law Short Course organized by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Center for American and International Law and the Energy & Mineral Law foundation, USA in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA on Oct.15-19, 2001
 Computer Literacy Training (Ms-Window, Ms-Word, Ms-Excel, Ms-PowerPoint and Internet) organized by the the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Law and Justice and the Asia Foundation on Feb.28 to Mar.15, 2000 in Kathmandu, Nepal
 On – the-Job Training organized by the the Chandler and Thong-Ek Law Office Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand on Jan. 10-16 2000 in Bangkok, Thailand
 Course on Host Government Contract organized by the Conference Connection Inc. Singapore (Conducted by Mr. Frank C Alexander Jr.) onJan. 18-19 2000 in Langkawi, Malaysia
 Training on Establishing National Human Rights Institutions organized by the Danish Center for Human Rights in April 1999 in Copenhagen Denmark
 Training on Project Finance organized by the Australian Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law, T.C.Beirne School of Law, the University of Queens Land and as sponsored by the Ministry of Law and Justice, Nepal with the technical assistance of the Asian Development Bank in Sept. & Dec. 1998 in Kathmandu, Nepal

 Participated in the Study Tour Program on peace process in Sri Lanka in December 2005 organized by the One Text Initiatives, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
 Participated in the Study Tour Programme on Working Modality of the Government of Australia and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia on May to June, 2004.
 Participated in the Study Tour Programme on Formulation and Implementation Modality of National Human Rights Action Plan of Lithuania in November to December 2003.
 Participated in the Study Tour Programme on Formulation and Implementation Modality of National Human Rights Action Plan of Thailand and Philippines on November 27 to December 8, 2002.
 Participated in the Petroleum Operation Fields (Offshore and Onshore) Observation Tour Programme in Thailand on January 17-24, 2001.

(a) Negotiator's Symposium and Facilitator's Workshop organized by Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies, Colombo and One Text Initiatives, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Dec. 12-14, 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
(b) British Council Seminar on Nation Human Rights Institutions: Effective or Just Existing organized by the British Council in Oct. 2003 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
(c) Crime Prevention Senior Seminar organized by the Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFEI) on Jan. 6-Feb.16, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan
(d) Petroleum Economics and Fiscal Terms organized by the Norwegian International Programme for Petroleum Management and Administration (PETRAD) in cooperation with Department of Mines and Geology, Petroleum Exploration Promotion Project on Feb. 18-20, 2002 in Kathmandu, Nepal
(e) The Production Sharing Contracts Roundtable organized by the Conference Connection Inc., Singapore on Jan. 20-22, 2000 in Langkawi, Malaysia
(f) Workshop on Negotiations of Petroleum Contracts organized by the Norwegian International Programme for Petroleum Management and Administration (PETRAD) in Cooperation with Petroleum Exploration Promotion Project, DMG, Nepal on Nov. 30- Dec.2, 1999 in Kathmandu, Nepal
(g) Workshop on Human Rights in Criminal Procedure organized by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights & the United Nations Interagency Human Rights Theme Group (Nepal) on Mar. 9-11, 1999 in Kathmandu, Nepal
(h) The Third Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Human Rights Institutions organized by the Asia Pacific Human Rights Institutions on Sep. 6-9, 1998 in Jakarta, Indonesia
(i) The 34th International Law Seminar organized by the United Nations on May 11-29, 1998 in Geneva, Switzerland
(j) The International Seminar on Environmental Agreements and Ecological Standards: Economic Challenges and Potentials organized by the German Foundation for International Development and confederation of Indian Industries and Sponsored by the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Federal Republic of Germany in Sep.1997 in Hariyana, India
(k) The Seminar on Human Rights and Global Perspectives organized by the National Human Rights Commission, India, Pune University & Bombay University, India in April 1997 in Pune, India
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Mr. Bastola is working in the Government of Nepal as an Under Secretary. Presently he is the head of Law Section of the Law and Human Rights Division at the Office Of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Conflict Resolution, Gender, Humanitarian Relief
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Program Administration, Program Design, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
In Human Rights and Rule of Law.
If appropriate feel free to list several of your (or your organization's) publications
Mr. Bastola is a co-author of the book called "Transitional Justice and Human Rights" in Nepali which focused on the truth and reconciliation processes. He has also published many articles on human rights, peace and rule of law in several news papers.

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At 4:04am on August 24, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Dear Mr. Bastola,

Given your field of work, I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) not-for-profit event; "The Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit - From Talk To Action", taking place in Bangkok 2 - 4 December 2011, which brings together mediation and ADR specialists from various fields; including family mediation, commercial and workplace mediation, court-annexed mediation, conflict and community mediation, climate change and disaster response mediation and various cross-sectional themes, like for example human rights, cross-cultural dynamics and women in mediation.  

Do have a look at my profile and the Mediation Summit's link ( and feel free to email me or send me a message when having any questions regarding participation or collaboration.

Kind regards,
Dennis Bours

At 6:01pm on July 29, 2008, Afifa said…
Thanks Kesab!
At 3:59pm on April 21, 2008, Yadab Bastola said…
Hello Kesab sir
How is going on ??
At 8:56am on April 1, 2008, Aaron Voldman said…
Thank you Kesab for your response! It is very helpful to receive information on the Ministry's history. Will you be in Nepal in July or August of this year? I will be in Nepal and would love to meet up if possible to chat about the Ministry and your work in more detail. gratitude, aaron
At 8:34am on March 22, 2008, Kesab Prasad Bastola said…
Dear Chris
Thanks for your introduction and sharing a wounderful story and experience of your great mother.
Yes it is true that we have a lot of stories, believes and faiths some are sound good and some are not. The Sherpas, who prefer to live in the high aultitude, are very interesting people and have a lot of there own believes. I hope you will also be with them, if you make a plan to visit Nepal.

In last November I was in your state, it was not New Orleans but Ruston. I stayed about 15 days at La Tech University where my daughter is persuing her engineering course. It was great time for me I travel about 5 states by car. US is a really great and beautiful country with nice people.

Since last six years I am engaged in the field of human rights, rule of law and peacebuilding. I did my master (LL.M.) degree from Pune University India with specialization in criminal law. I agree with you that we could have common interest for that we need to have communication. Thanks again for your kind words.

With regards,
At 4:45pm on March 21, 2008, Chris LeGore said…

I hope to open a line of communication with you. It seems we share some common interests so I wanted to make my introduction. I'm Chris from New Orleans. I'm studying Comparative legal systems at Tulane Law School and am very interested in Human Rights and Mediation and Negotiation. Given our common interests this might be a good way to start communication so we can refer to each other in the future. Please take a minute to view my page and leave a message if you like.


P.S. In her 60th year my mother went trekking in Nepal starting in Kathmandu. She took 1000 toothbrushes to give to the children in the villages along the way. It was an experience that she speaks about often. In fact one of her favorite stories is that as she sat around a fire with the sherpas, some other trekkers, and a few monks, a cat came and laid down in my mothers lap. The monks were astonished because they believed the cat was the reborn soul of one of their very respected brethren. She became very popular all of a sudden. That is the kind of experience one will never forget.
At 3:47pm on March 17, 2008, Aaron Voldman said…
Hi Kesab. I noticed you worked on equipping the peace secretariat in Nepal. I work with the US campaign for a Department of Peace and would like to learn more about the Nepal Ministry. Can you send me your thoughts on the ministry? gratitude, -aaron
At 1:08pm on February 22, 2008, Jan Oberg said…
Dear Kesab
Many thanks for your kind words. Pleasure to meet you here too.
To learn more about Kosovo, please visit TFF's home - - the front page has two main sections with dozens of articles. Also, use the search and you will find hundreds from the last 16 years or so.
I am a little ashamed that I have never been to Nepal and know only as a newspaper reader the problems and conflicts in your country.I would like to ask you whether there is anything in Nepal that you would call peace and conflict RESEARCH and, if so, whether those institutes also provide training and practical skills - or it is all inside the NGO community?
Again sorry for asking such an ignornt question - but since you wrote, I want to learn a bit!


Jan Oberg, TFF
At 2:57am on February 22, 2008, Gil Hardwick said…
Hello Kesab,

Well, we try our best but do not always succeed. There are some interesting projects underway, however, which I do believe will achieve good results.

If we can keep up this momentum we have now, and all join together in the common purpose A lot of people in the world will thank us.

Please do keep in touch.

Kindest regards,

At 10:42am on February 21, 2008, Rebecca Anne Proctor said…
Hi Kesab, Thanks for your comment. I'd be pleased to send you my thesis prospectus and ask for your opinions. I am glad you are interested in the theme. All the best, Rebecca

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