Dr. Surendra Bhandari is an Executive Director Law Associates Nepal (LAN). Dr. Bhandari is a well known constitutional lawyer in Nepal. He has been involved on many constitutional issues in the Supreme Court of Nepal and has immensely contributed in establishing jurisprudence. He is also a reputed legal researcher in the field of law in Nepal. He has carried out many research and contributed dozens of books and research articles. Bhandari received a law degree from the Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. He then taught law in Tribhuwan University, Nepal Law Campus, Kathmandu, while simultaneously practicing law. In 1990, when Nepal was in the process of transforming its autocratic regime into a democracy, Bhandari assisted the Constitution Recommendation Commission and Members of the Commission in the preparation of the Draft of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal. Bhandari completed his Masters in Law at Delhi University Faculty of Law, India, in 1996. From 1996 to1998, he was a researcher in Law Associates Nepal. From 1998 to 2000, he worked as Secretary-General of Democracy, Development and Law, Nepal. In 2000, he joined IUCN Nepal (World Conservation Union Nepal) as a Program Coordinator, where he lead the Legal Policy Division and supported His Majesty’s Government of Nepal in the preparation of environmental laws and policies – including the National Policy and Act on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing and Biodiversity Conservation Strategy. Bhandari also supported His Majesty’s Government for the preparation of National Reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and participated in training judges, lawyers, and policy makers on the issues of biodiversity and WTO.  In 2002, Bhandari received his PhD on WTO Jurisprudence from Tribhuwan University Kathmandu Nepal, in collaboration with Middlesex University, London, and Delhi University, India. He is the first PhD in law from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu Nepal.  From 1996 to 2004, he contributed to the Nepalese Government and local civil society organizations on issues related to Nepal’s accession to the WTO. When Nepal became a WTO member in April 2004, Bhandari assisted in the preparation of important laws with a view to complement Nepal’s commitment to the WTO – including drafting of the Industrial Property Act and Plant Variety Protection and Farmers’ Right Act of Nepal. He was involved in supporting the Nepalese Government’s preparation of national policy and legislation on Bio-safety with a view to facilitate Nepal’s ratification to the Bio-safety Protocol. He was also engaged in supporting the Nepalese Government on the preparation of laws and policies relating to Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture aimed at facilitating Nepal’s ratification to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. Bhandari, a postdoctoral fellow at UNU-IAS, also contributed to the Sustainable Development Government Program’s research agenda. His research focuses on the modality of liability and redress under the Bio-safety Protocol and Measures under the WTO. Dr. Bhandari is currently based in Boston, MA. He is currently an IP Law Advisory for US Corporates.

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