Established in 1982 A.D. The Nepal Law Society(NLS) is an independent non-governmental organization committed to the rule of law, human rights, women empowerment, local goverance and decentralization.

Introduction

The Nepal Law Society (NLS) was established in 1982 A.D. by a group of like-minded legal professionals including judges, legal practitioners as well as professors. The Society is an independent non-governmental organization committed to the rule of law, human rights, women empowerment, local governance and decentralization. When it came into being, Nepal was in a closed system without democratic rights. It was felt that there was a need for a professional organization to study and take the country’s judicial as well as legal sector on a path towards modernization. Its short-term objective, then, was how to make the judiciary sector people-friendly at a time when the country did not enjoy political freedom. Its major objectives were to help consolidate the rule of law even as it studied the global scenario and worked towards updating the country’s constitution as well as human rights laws. After the restoration of democracy in 1990, the NLS worked as a key think-tank on constitutional, legal and judicial issues providing major inputs in the drafting of not only various laws and rules but also the Constitution. The NLS is engaged in advocating judicial independence and rule of law. It was also involved in providing legal support and expertise to the Constituent Assembly in drafting the democratic constitution. Currently, it is involved in supporting the constitution making process.