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Ajay Shankar Jha

Public Defender Society of Nepal...
Joined July 2020
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights
I, Ajay Shankar Jha "Rupesh" is the Executive Director of PDS-Nepal, an organization spun off from the International Legal Foundation Nepal (ILF-Nepal). I joined ILF-Nepal in 2008 after working for eight years as a private advocate. Besides providing direct legal representation as a trained defense lawyer, I am also actively involved in conducting a series of training to defense lawyers of Nepal. As an expert, I has provided suggestions on the draft handbook named "Early access to legal aid in criminal justice processes: a handbook for policymakers and practitioners", developed by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). And on the draft of "Model Law on Legal Aid in Criminal Justice System", developed by (UNODC). I has also served as the Chairman of the Janakpur Youth Club and was a founding member of the Mithila People Service Council. I obtained my Bachelor’s in Law from Tribhuwan University in 2000 & Legisum Laterum Masterom (LLM) in Criminal Law & Justice from Purbanchanl University and is a member of the Nepal Bar Association.

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