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I am a lawyer admitted to the Nepal Bar Council. I specialize in the areas of intellectual property, trade and investment law. I have experience of working in the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Nepal on different intellectual property, trade, and investment-related issues. In the past, I was a visiting research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, Germany, and the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) of Bournemouth University in the UK. I have represented and worked as a consultant for an international organization, companies, EU funded project. I have taught intellectual property law to the Bachelor and Masters students in Nepal and currently, I am teaching Intellectual Property & International Trade Law at the Europe-North America and the Europe-Asia Programme of Sciences Po.

I hold BSc.LLB (Hons) degree from KIIT University, India, an LLM from Maastricht University, Netherlands, as a UM High Potential Scholar and also a fellow of the Global Policy Forum for Nepal (UK) and has advised the Government of Nepal on IPRs and investment issues. As an executive committee member, I lead the New IP Lawyers Network at the University of Exeter (UK). I serve as a member of the Editorial Board for the Global Trade & Customs Journal, Kluwer Law International.

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