South Asia Office (Kathmandu)

Govinda ‘Bandi’ Sharma – Senior Legal Adviser

Govinda leads ICJ Nepal’s work on human rights accountability and transitional justice. Before joining the ICJ in May 2007 as a legal officer in the Asia Pacific Programme, Govinda was member of a high level Detainees Investigation Task Force appointed by the Supreme Court of Nepal. He is a Fellowship recipient at Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen (Denmark) and International Service for Human Rights, Geneva.  He worked for three years with the Nepal Bar Association as a Vice President. His broad experience includes documentation of human rights violation, transitional justice, legal research, law reform, and national and international public interest litigation. Govinda received his LLM degree in Human Rights from the University of Hong Kong.

Laxmi Pokharel – National Legal Adviser

Laxmi is working on the area of accountability and impunity. She is an advocate and holds LL.M degree in Human Rights and Gender Justice from Purbanchal University. She has practiced law in the courts of Nepal. Prior to joining ICJ, she served as a Legal Aid Officer for 10 years in Legal Aid/ Access to Justice Project of Nepal Bar Association. She is involved in different research works of different organizations and has published articles in national journals related to human rights and women rights issues.

Kashiram Dhungana – National Legal Adviser

Kashiram is working on ICJ Nepal’s Right to a Remedy and Reparation (R2R) Project. Prior to joining ICJ, he worked at Advocacy Forum Nepal as a Human Rights Lawyer / District & Regional Focal Person on Transitional Justice, Criminal Justice & Torture Prevention for nine years. He is a lawyer and has practiced law in the courts of Nepal. He has a Bachelor degree in Law and a Master degree in Political Science from Tribhuwan University, Nepal.

Pooja Shah – Administration Assistant & Logistics Officer

Pooja joined the ICJ in Kathmandu in May 2010. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Tribhuwan University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Pokhara University. Prior to joining ICJ, she worked as an intern at Nabil Bank Limited and Himalayan Bank Limited.

Reema Omer – International Legal Adviser for Pakistan

Reema is a lawyer from Pakistan. She did an LLM specializing in public international law at the University of Cambridge in 2009. She was awarded the Commonwealth Pegasus scholarship in 2010 where she worked in barristers’ chambers in London on human rights cases. Reema joined the ICJ in 2011 as a South Asia consultant and since 2013 has served as ICJ’s International Legal Adviser for Pakistan, based in Lahore. Reema is a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and writes regularly for national and international publications on issues of human rights, the rule of law and social justice.

Thyagi Ruwanpathirana – National Legal Adviser for Sri Lanka

Thyagi holds a LLB from the University of Warwick, UK and a LLM in Human Rights from Birkbeck College University of London, UK. Thyagi joined the ICJ in 2016 and has since served as the National Legal Adviser for Sri Lanka. Prior to joining ICJ, Thyagi was a Researcher with the Consultation Task force on Reconciliation Mechanisms and the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Sri Lanka. She has also worked briefly with Amnesty UK, Human Rights Watch London and Global Policy Forum in New York.