Consultation on the Constitutional Law in Nepal

Consultation on the Constitutional Law in Nepal: Prof. Dr. Arnold (right); Frank Meyke, German Ambassador in Nepal (2.from right)  Consultation on the Constitutional Law in Nepal: Prof. Dr. Arnold (right); Frank Meyke, German Ambassador in Nepal (2.from right)

Consultation on the Constitutional Law in Nepal: Prof. Dr. Arnold (right); Frank Meyke, German Ambassador in Nepal (2.from right)

Commissioned by the IRZ and in cooperation with the UNDP and the German Embassy in Kathmandu/Nepal, Professor Dr Lutz Arnold of the University of Regensburg travelled to Nepal from 26 April to 2 May 2014. In this context, lectures and talks took place about the development of the German constitution and a possible support with regard to the new Nepalese constitution.

The talk with Nepal's State President on how to shape the future constitution, lasting more than one hour, certainly marked the climax of the visit. He had read about Professor Arnold's lectures in the press and thereupon asked the German Embassy to arrange a meeting with him

The public lecture event was of particular importance apart from the talk with the State President. After Professor Arnold's lecture about the major aspects of the German constitutional law (focusing on the issues relevant for the situation in Nepal) a roundtable discussion took place which was attended by professors and members of NGOs. The event was also attended by representatives of the UN Development Programme, a large number of members of civil society, NGO members, journalists, but also politically influential individuals, among them former ministers who are associated with the Constituent Assembly. The lecture event was extensively covered by the press. Various press interviews with Professor Arnold followed, among them also interviews covering the current problems of a general amnesty for crimes committed during the civil war.

Together with the Foreign Ministry it is currently being reviewed if the cooperation on the constitutional consultation with the Nepalese dialogue partners can be continued.