Strengthening the law making process in Nepal
The Oslo Center and Nepal Law Society is providing technical assistance in order to support the implementation of the newly promulgated constitution in Nepal. Since 2015, we have supported Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs in developing a constitutional mapping with over 230 laws identified, hosted outreach programs with the aim of informing people about the status of the constitution through our mapping, drafted some key laws on fundamental rights that shows how laws can be made inclusive independent of the current controversial constitution and training political parties on internal democracy and coalition building.
Nepal is currently in a process of establishing a federal republic state, which is a completely new structure for the country. This will require a complete reformation of the state, and will entail establishments of not only new federal state systems but also new or reformed institutions both locally and nationally.
To implement the constitution requires a political will, a commitment from the government, and broader acceptance by the people. For this there was a need for a concrete roadmap with a set timeline. With this backdrop the Oslo Center in collaboration with the Nepal Law Society and the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs have completed a mapping aiming at organizing and systematizing the work ahead in terms of implementing the constitution through inclusive legislation. Nepal Law Society has also assisted the Ministry in drafting key laws on fundamental rights.
By providing technical assistance and support to institutions, political parties and civil society, the Oslo Center aim to support inclusive and democratic structures in Nepal.
The constitutional mapping was launched in January 2017. Elections on local, provincial and national level is highly prioritized, and thereby laws involving these issues were recommended to be addressed first. It involved over 350 laws that needed to be amended or drafted from starch. The mapping is also meant to inform help the public, stakeholders, civil society and the media about the implementation of the constitution.
Efforts are underway for a continued cooperation with Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary affairs and Nepal Law Society.
Donor: The Oslo Center and USAID through a subgrant from National Democratic Institute